Monthly Archives: December 2010

How to Achieve World Peace

I have a theory on how to finally achieve world peace. Don’t steal my idea. I deserve full credit for this! I’ll be looking up my intellectual property rights as soon as I finish typing this up.

Okay, so world peace will be achieved if everyone had a taco and cocktail. Think about it. Everyone would be so happy that they wouldn’t care about differences in religion, race, or whatever else stirs people up.

Let’s dissect this idea. First: tacos. Mmm… you really can’t go wrong with a taco. Any kind. Whether is the more authentic version, a fancy fish taco, or a 79 cent taco from Taco Bell, there is a taco for every taste and every mood. I firmly believe that we haven’t fully tapped the full capabilities of the taco just yet. Think of all the things we haven’t tried yet! After we’ve all had a taco we can begin work on creating delicious new tacos.

Cocktails. I realize this could be controversial as some people do not drink and for those people, I suppose a mocktail will have to do. I remember once going out to eat with some friends in junior high and we ordered virgin daiquiris. The thrill of a fruity drink with an umbrella was exhilarating. It is still is. They come in all kinds of pretty colors, tastes, fun glasses. How can a cocktail not bring a smile to your face and an ease in your pace?!

You can thank me for this radical world changing idea by bringing me a delicious taco and a fruity cocktail.

And you’re welcome.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Sometimes I get cravings for random things such as cookie dough. The other day this craving hit me and there was just no shaking it. So I took this as an opportunity to try out the chocolate chip recipe from How to Cook Everything. Turns out, its the best chocolate chip cookie recipe ever.

The one batch made around 36 cookies, plenty to keep for yourself and share with others. And you will want to share with others otherwise you will eat it all yourself. As an added bonus they will remain your friends simply because the cookie is that good. The cookie dough was pretty good all by itself as well… in case you were wondering. Don’t judge me for eating raw cookie dough, I know you do it too.

I’m not going to give the recipe here or even a recap because this recipe alone is worth the purchase of the book. You can get it here or at your local bookstore.

UPDATED: Mark Bittman has posted the recipe on his blog. You can find it here.

*This post was written by my own free will. Mark Bittman does not know who I am.

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Ice cream bread

I learned a very important lesson recently. The difference between all purpose flour and self rising flour. This isn’t really a technical posts on the difference because I didn’t dive in that far. My major lesson learned is: When baking, pay attention to the type of flour. It makes a difference.

So the other day I happened upon a post on ice cream bread. Being a lover of ice cream (my first job was at Baskin Robbins) I had to try it. Basically the recipe goes like this: 2 cups any flavor ice cream, 1.5 cups self rising flour. Simple enough.

My first batch I used all purpose flour. It was awful. We each took a bite and then promptly threw it in the trash. It tasted exactly like flour, was very heavy, and looked awful too.

After a few minutes on google, I convinced myself to try again, this time making my own self-rising flour. I should have mixed the dry ingredients together first, but I didn’t think about it until I had dumped the salt right on top of the ice cream. Whoops. I thoroughly mixed up the ingredients hoping that it would all work out in the end.

This was my final product. It did rise a little compared to the first one, but the flavor still hinted at flour.  One of my guests commented that it was salty. Not really what you’d expect for an ice cream bread. I was expecting something very moist and sweet, but instead its a hard, nearly flavorless bread.

I haven’t given up all hope yet. I will try again with another flavor and perhaps some real self-rising flour.

Have you tried ice cream bread?

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