the era of bad cookies is over

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the last several batches of cookies i’ve made came out as dismal failures and i’ve been pretty discouraged to try to make any more cookies since. i don’t know what happened because i used to make cookies all the time and they came out pretty good.

i miss the days at [url=]imaginon[/url] where my coworkers and i would bring in various baked goods and share amongst ourselves. it used to be that there would be sweets at least once a week. i had a lot of good memories working there. when i first started working at my current company, i used to bring in baked goods too, but no one else brought in anything so i quickly felt less motivated to make anything anymore.

but a few weeks ago thanh gave me a silpat, so i finally decided to try it out with some cookies. over the years, thanh has supplied me with many of my baking supplies from cookie cutters to cooling racks to silpats. maybe my penchant for cookies is more obvious than i had thought.

so i made about four dozen cookies and they are all good. no more super flat ones. no more super crispy ones. ahhh, cookies galore!


mmmm dinner

last night maureen came over and i made dinner. i was waffling between a bunch of things to make, but finally decided on a three dish meal that composed of [url=]Great Garlic Bread[/url], [url=]Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad[/url], and [url=]Aussie Chicken[/url]. all three dishes were new to me, but they all looked relatively simple enough.

Great Garlic Bread
this recipes for garlic bread was quite good. in fact, i think that i may stop buying the premade garlic bread from safeway and start making this instead. it’s a unique combination of garlic bread and cheese bread. very good, very easy. i highly recommend it.

Old Fashioned Macaroni Salad
this recipe wasn’t exactly what i was expecting and i thought it was ok, but my dinner companions seemed to like it more than i did as they did get second helpings of it. still, not a bad macaroni salad, i think that i like my mom’s recipe for macaroni salad more though as it tends to be a little heavier with more mayo.

Aussie Chicken
i don’t know if this chicken is really australian in origin, but whatever the case may be, it’s a very good honey mustard chicken recipe. i will definitely make this again. i don’t know if the bacon really adds anything to the dish, i may omit it next time. but on the whole, i was pretty pleased with the chicken. nice, tender, and pretty good. i used dijon mustard and was afraid that it might be a little too bitter, but it turns out that after adding all of that honey and corn syrup, you probably needed that bitterness otherwise it would have been too sweet.

i have so much food leftover now. i think that i’ll go home and have another meal or two of it. maybe i can make an aussie chicken sandwich. mmm. it was nice to cook again. i haven’t cooked in a long time and i forget sometimes how good it feels to cook.