Ethically delicious

Jess and I don’t like to post recipes here unless we’ve made some significant changes to it, or the recipe is already readily available on the internet. We have already long professed our love for Tish Boyle’s book, The Good Cookie, but we feel that since her recipes from the book are not published on the internet, we don’t feel like it’s fair to put it out there– it’s not ours.

That being said, we totally encourage you to go out and buy her book. It’s seriously one of the best cookie recipe books we’ve ever encountered. We can’t say we’ve ever disliked any of the recipes in her book, and our copy has begun to detach from the spine because it’s so well-loved.

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One of our favorites are the banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. I have deceived myself into believing that they are a somewhat healthy breakfast (I ate 4 of them this morning!), since they contain bananas, oats, and pecans (and butter and brown sugar and chocolate), but I digress.

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See? Healthy!

These little pieces of heaven are so delicious, and because of the banana, they stay moist and lovely for days. They keep really well.

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A friend has informed me that the dough is great raw. I’ll take her word for it; I’m not a raw dough eater.

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I like them warm, straight off the cookie sheet.

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Or the next morning, with a cup of coffee. Or the following evening, before dinner. Or as a dessert. Or, clearly, all of the above.

Spiced Rum Apple Oatmeal Cookies

We have an odd kind of luck, and it goes like this: We deal with many kinds of breakdowns and crises in our lives, and yet we always manage to find the most amazing professionals to help us cope. Car trouble? Yes, and often, but also amazing mechanics who are both skilled and honest.

And so it is with our cat, who is by now quite old (22) and beset by health issues, but has also been cared for by two amazing vets. The first, in North Carolina, was a cat-whisperer who cared nothing for people. She diagnosed Ali’s many issues and started her on the path to recovery. The second, Megan Andeer in Philadelphia, is both a cat- and people-person, so we are lucky enough to enjoy her company when we frequented her office. She has counseled us through the many, many ups and downs of Ali’s health.

This is a long introduction to say that we made these Spiced Rum Apple Oatmeal Cookies for Megan’s birthday (who, not coincidentally I think, shares that birthday with our cat). We also made chocolate espresso sandwich cookies to send along with them. Continue reading

The eagle has landed!

Our apologies for the long delay. Alison and I moved to New England in mid-January, and are only now getting back on our baking legs. Our new kitchen is lovely, but small:

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Our new oven and dishwasher are smaller than the standard sizes. But don’t fear, loyal readers—our baking pans fit.

So, for my new kitchen test drive, I chose an oatmeal cookie recipe. Specifically, banana oatmeal chocolate chip cookies! (from The Good Cookie)

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I like to tell myself that oatmeal cookies are healthier than other kinds. Oats are good for you, right?

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Oats and flour.

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The good part.

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The batter was incredibly dry. I re-read the recipe several times to make sure I had not missed an extra liquid ingredient. Mixing the chocolate chips, pecans, and banana pieces was challenging.

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It was tough to keep the cookies together on the pan without having pieces fall off.

But don’t worry on our behalf, because these cookies were delicious.

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In fact, these cookies were an unexpectedly fantastic treat. The cinnamon and banana flavors were particularly unique. I only regret that they were gone in 24 hours.

Unfortunately, I do not have a recipe to share, as this was not my own. But I promise to experiment with them and post an oatmeal cookie recipe in the near future. Additionally—we hope to have a new site up in about 1-2 months. Tumblr isn’t really the right platform for this blog, so we are planning to invest in our domain on a more traditional blog host soon.