Saturday, November 13, 2010

Because...

Because Thursday was Veteran's Day. Because Thanksgiving is in a few weeks. Because I felt like it I decided to put together a small care package for my friend Dennis. He's in Afghanistan and has been there or Iraq or other scary place I don't like think about for a long time now. Thanks to him and others like him my girls are growing up in a country where they can be who they want to be, live how they want to live and believe what they want to believe. Baking cookies is a small way to say "thanks".

I wanted to make white chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies and good 'ole regular chocolate chip cookies. Only when I started baking I realized I had neither white chocolate chips nor cranberries. So I improves and the result was scrumptious! I made pomegranate chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, recipe at the bottom.

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Some good 'ole fashion chocolate chip cookies

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Freezing the cookies before sending is supposed to keep them fresh. As is the individual wrapping.
Yai Yai and I also stopped by the Asian market and bought some Thai goodies. At one point the questions of "How Thai is he?" came up. There are a LOT of Thai snacks and candies that I wont go near but they're as common as potato chips to truly Thai kids (and some farangs who grew up there). I played it safe and went with stuff I like.
Tomorrow the girls are going to draw "Mr. Dennis" some pictures and then on Monday we'll ship it off. Unfortunately the box Tira picked out to send the goodies to him in was not big enough
I hope everyone took the time to thank a veteran they know this past week. And I hope that those thanks don't fade away because it's no longer the designated holiday.

Pomegranate Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies:
(Adapted from an Ocean Spray recipe)

2/3 C Butter
2/3 C Brown Sugar
2 Eggs
1 1/2 C Oats
1 1/2 C Flour
1 t Baking Soda
1/2 t Salt
The seeds of half of a pomegranate**
2/3 C chocolate chips

1. Beat butter and Sugar
2. Add eggs
3. In a separate bowl mix dry ingredients
4. Combine. Mix in pomegranate seeds and chocolate chips
5. Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes (I recommend less time for a softer cookie)

**Here are directions for the best way to de-seed the pomegranate: http://coconutlime.blogspot.com/2006/11/how-to-de-seed-pomegranate.html

1 comment:

Heidi said...

Those cookies look amazing. And that was a really sweet post.