Thursday, April 27


delicious cookies.
delicious mutha-'ucking cookies.
hearty, tasty, rich, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.
wouldn't that be nice?
yeah, i KNOW!
the good news around these parts?
i have all the necessary ingredients to make that sort of thing happen.
maybe you're not a cookie person.
if that's the case, i feel bad for you, son.
the rest of us are going to be getting molto busy beatin' up a batch
of these from-scratch freshies with wild and reckless abandon.
look at what the Folk Life & Liberty Fortress test kitchen laboratory
had in store for a tuesday morning tattoo time with all the lovely ladies
from this mountain vale.

cookies are dope.
these cookies are SUPER-dope.
and i'll tell you something else- they were a cinch to make.
one bowl, a little stirring,
and a little bit of fancy unnecessary extra activation for good measure.
i'll give you the details of their construction,
so that you can immediately begin a big batch for yourselves.
-preheat your oven to 375F
in a large bowl, combine and cut together:
1 cup dark brown sugar;
11 T vegan butters;
1/2 tsp salt;
2 tsp vanilla;
add in 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce;
& 3 T maple syrup, and mix well-
the dry ingredients are up next:
1 cup coarse oat flour ( i grind my own from old-fashioned thick rolled oats)
1 cup quicker oats
(not the packet kind, but the loose tub variety- they add texture without being to tough)
2 cups a.p. flour;
2 tsp baking kapowder;
1 tsp baking soda;
1 pkg miniature dark chocolate chips
(they take up more space in your cookies,
so you get more per bite, despite being fewer oz. per pkg)
get that all combined into a wet dough,
and scoople golf-ball-sized blops down onto a pair of baking trays.
leave 'em lumpy, because after all, these are homemade vegan comfort blops,
and that's the aesthetic we're after.
bake these babies for 13 lucky minutes,
and the tear into them at whatever temperature you deem suitable.
warm, they're damned good.
room-temp? they're damned good.
cold? ...yup. know it- damned good.
you like to snack up on delightful dudes like tasty treats, don'tcha?
these damned good cookies are just what you need.
go make some, man.
you'll be the most popular person in your group,
for about three and a half dozen cookies'-worth of time.
in other news,
it's every F*ing wednesday.
no joke.
bad weather, bad news, and bad tempers.
that's right.
nature keeps winning and i keep losing.
as a simple matter of course,
springtime's precipitation patterns have been raining on my parade all season.
that's real.
there's been a sh!t-salad suckstorm every wednesday for ages.
i'm not a fan, neighbors-
wednesday is also my one day off from work every week.
...and that's weak.
yesterday was no exception-
yet another 'nother doo-doo buttery raincloud posted up over the woodsly goodness,
and soured the mood of anticipation i'd savored since the last one...
i'll confess i was in a doldrum of ho-hum bummin' out,
not that that stopped me from doing what i do.
here's the thing-
i can't stop.
it isn't as if breakfast is gonna plan itself,
or like dinner will bring the thunder all by it's lonesome.
there's dishes to do, and laundry to fold,
and crabtree.
yeah. him.
let's not forget about crabtree.
i mean,
even if i was limbless and dying, he'd STILL need a walk.
even when the weather is muddy and wet and we're both bedraggled,
we're out on the trails, gettin' our neighborhood tour in for the day.
there's no resting with that guy.
so, we did our thing in the rain.
because that's what we do;
never quiet, never soft.....

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