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7/29/2012

Climate Controlled Chocolate Chip Cookies

Filed under: — Jaime @ 9:08 pm

Like any good American, I love me some chocolate chip cookies. In fact, next to apple pie, I like chocolate chip cookies just a little bit more (subject to change based on my proximity to fresh baked apple pie, of course). Try as I might, I couldn’t find a good recipe to suit the subtropical climate of Savannah. My cookies all turned out flat and oily. It made no sense, as I am a self-proclaimed fabulous cookie baker.

I’ve been experimenting over the last few years to get to a recipe that works, using the Nestle Tollhouse recipe as my control formula. Last night, I got pretty close. For my own memory’s sake, here is what I did:

First – the ingredients as called for by Nestle and my edits:
*2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour – I used 2 1/2 cups
*1 teaspoon baking soda – I made this a heaping teaspoon
*1 teaspoon salt – I made this 3/4 teaspoon
*1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened – Over-butter alert! I used 1/2 cup shortening and a 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) of butter
*3/4 cup granulated sugar – I shortened this by about 2 tablespoons
*3/4 cup packed brown sugar – I didn’t pack it very hard
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract – doubled to 2 teaspoons
*2 large eggs
*2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels – I used 6 oz of milk chocolate and nearly 6 oz of 60% or 70% dark chocolate (what we had leftover)
*1 cup chopped nuts

Next – the steps as suggested by Nestle, as altered by me:
*Combine flour and baking soda;
*Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar, salt, and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until very creamy. If you like using your mixer, do it at this step. Avoid over-mixing the remaining steps;
*Add eggs, one at a time, beating until just mixed in after each addition;
*Stir in about 1/2 of the nuts;
*Steadily beat in flour mixture. Mix only until the white of the flour disappears. It is really important not to over mix at this step;
*Stir in morsels and remaining nuts;
*Chill dough for at least a half hour, preferably more (but it was already midnight and I had to get a move-on);
*Heat oven to 375°F;
*Drop by domed tablespoon, flat side down, about 1 1/2 inches apart, onto single-layer metal baking sheets covered in parchment paper. Keep dough chilled between batches;
*Bake an upper and lower rack for 5 minutes, then swap the levels of the racks, turn each pan around 180°, and bake 4 more minutes (Nestle says ‘or until golden brown’);
*Cool on baking sheets for a minute or so;
*Place on wire racks to finish cooling.

Oddly enough, the high-altitude directions more closely mirror what I did here at about 45 feet above sea level.

Overall, the cookies came out quite good. Next time, I’ll use fresher chocolate, and possibly even a bit more baking soda. I’d really like them just slightly more chunkier than these came out. Excuse me now, while I go participate in the sampling of the experiment yet again.

7/26/2012

Assorted Miscellany, et al. & etc.

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:24 am

Greetings beachcombers – indulge in some more of the usual randomness I feel the urge to type out and share –

FAQs about your Innkeeper being married:
Q) Where’s you’re ring?
A) I’ll get one. I need to get sized. I’ll get around to it, I swear.

Q) Will you be changing your name?
A) Yes. I’m really, really, really not looking forward to dealing with the social security office.

And to answer the question I think everyone is asking but not to me directly – no, I’m not pregnant.

Onto the et. al & etc. –
*Some oh that’s funny because it’s true /hat-tip Mike
*Does anyone else watch Bait Car? It’s alright – you can admit it. I love that they do so many shows in Atlanta. Could Savannah be next?
*Sriracha is my new favorite condiment. I don’t care that it’s trendy.
*This evening, there were, what I now presume to be, about 50 beauty queens walking up Bull Street complete with tiaras and sashes. The spectacle caused traffic to stop, both vehicular and pedestrian. Curious, I attempted to look up why these ladies are in town, as they aren’t being featured in our local news. Turns out, the pagentrixes are subject to a recent federal court ruling barring them from using their name – well, not their name. Hence, the need for a court ruling – to help clarify things. Their website only leads you to a park page. Fortunately, there’s google cache.

7/20/2012

Small Step? Giant Leap?

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:09 am

The hardest part about this particular post is coming up with some clever way of opening. As I’m getting sick of trying, I’ll just go ahead and put it out there. We have some news. (Insert drumroll or similar suspense music here). Tomorrow, July 20, 2012, Mike and I are registering our relationship with the government getting married.

Yes, that’s right. You read it here first. Just as on that July 20th in 1969, Mike and I are committing an act most thought would never happen in their lifetime, and some still believe never did.

Yeah us!

7/18/2012

July 18, 2012

Filed under: — Jaime @ 12:31 pm

…will be a very good day.

7/13/2012

Beyond Badges

Filed under: — Jaime @ 2:26 am

I’m now onto trophies. Last week I participated in a record-setting genealogy indexing effort. It was easy, fun, and now a literal part of history.

7/10/2012

Stadium-Arena Rabbit Hole

Filed under: — Jaime @ 1:57 am

My curiosity started with the comments section in this article: Sav News Article.

Which led me here: GA SOS.

Then to:
Map (Residential) I also searched the Gwinnett Co. Tax Commissioner’s site to determine the owner of this residence. Personally, I think it sucks real estate ownership records in Georgia are public so do the search yourself if you need to know.

I then ran a whole bunch of variations of J&P Consulting Group in google, revealing remarkably little. Most notably, this consulting group has no webpage and no social media accounts. However, I did find:City of Savannah Bid Event and City of Savannah Minutes – Bid Award.

I am left wondering, who is J&P Consulting Group and why does the City of Savannah consider this vendor to have more “demonstrated project experience” than Bravis Building Solutions and National Sport Services – the two other bidders, whom at the very least, have websites?

Update: Upon further research, I believe this may be the J of J&P: LinkedIn, who appears to lend credibility to the bid. It’s unfortunate the city didn’t hold a town hall to discuss this before dropping $75k for consulting.

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