Monthly Archives: November 2011

Chocolate Chips and Raisins with Oatmeal

This is my favorite cookie and it’s super easy to eat 🙂 I load it with lots of chocolate chips and nature’s candy, the wrinkly cousin of the grape who’s spent too much time in the sun, the raisin! Oatmeal gives the cookie a good texture and consistency, where otherwise, a plain chocolate chip cookie would leave you wanting more of a bite.  The cookie is also very moist and chewy. The bittersweet chocolate chips only compliment the raisins and add a certain pop in your mouth when you bite into them.  I hope you enjoy.  If you have suggestions on how to improve this recipe, please do share!

Chocolate Chip Raisin Oatmeal Cookie Recipe

1 ¼ cups of flour

3 cups of quick oats

1 cup of softened unsalted butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1 cup light brown sugar

½ teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 overflowing cup of raisins

1 overflowing cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips

  1.  Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.  Grease cookie sheets and put aside.
  2. Cream softened butter, eggs, vanilla, white and brown sugar together until mixture is light and fluffy. Next, mix in the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda into the wet ingredients. Stir in the oats, raisins and chocolate chips.  Mix well.
  3. Drop fat spoonfuls of the mix onto the prepared cookie sheets and bake for about 8-9 minutes until just golden.
  4. Remove when done and cool on rack. Yields 3 dozen

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Imposter! You are no Pumpkin!

Every autumn, I anticipate the moment I get to eat boatloads of the delicious persimmon.  There are two common types, the fuyu and haichiya, which are critically different.  The fuyu, is small, orange, and sort of looks like a smooth, miniature pumpkin.  The one shown in the photo below is the the fuyu, which is crunchy and sweet and can be eaten when it is picked.  The haichiya, if eaten in its unripe state, will deter you from future tastings.  The heart-shaped haichiya can only be enjoyed after it has fully ripened, yielding a very soft, gelatinous texture of syrupy goodness.



quartered and ready to eat

So, go out and look for some persimmons today at your local farmer’s market or a nearby Asian supermarket. Enjoy!


Insatiable Appetites: the omnipresent nature of food

I felt it was appropriate to start my blog as we approach the season of indulgence.  The presence of food commands hungry, large groups or even the voracious attention of a single omnivore.  Food is involved in all aspects of society: birthdays, break-ups, competitions, holidays, weddings, weekly family/social gatherings, and the celebration of life.

I’m starting this blog to express the pleasure I experience when awesome flavors of the sweet, sour, salty, bitter, exotic, or the simple reach my taste buds.  I will try to share my recipes, review different places of interest and my ideas and thoughts on food.  Please enjoy and share with me your views on my posts.  Thanks!