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Month: May 2014

A Really Good Chocolate Chip Cookie

For Mother’s Day, I wanted to bake some chocolate chip cookies for the moms at my work. I’ve been trying to make a decent chocolate chip cookie for years.  For me, a really good chocolate chip cookie is soft, dense, and chewy. I prefer the taste of white sugar in my cookie versus brown, and I like to have nuts in my cookies, preferably, walnuts.   I don’t think I’m asking for too much in my cookie am I?  But despite my perfectly reasonable guidelines for my homemade cookies, they’ve always… Read more A Really Good Chocolate Chip Cookie

Mushroom Risotto with Homegrown Chives

If you’ve never had risotto (which I haven’t till recently) then please give it a try.  When I see cooks and chefs make it on tv it seems intimidating.  You have to use the perfect amount of broth, at exactly the right time, while stirring constantly for at least 20 minutes to get the creamy consistency that makes this dish wonderful.  But I have learned from many a wise people through the years (all of which were on my television, I watch a lot of tv) that if you’re not… Read more Mushroom Risotto with Homegrown Chives


Whether it’s picking which plants I want to grow or finding new recipes for my harvest, there’s so many things about gardening that I enjoy.  One of the most exciting part for me is when I see the fruit begin to emerge from its flower.  Right now I don’t have a real backyard just a decent size patio but it does get a good amount of sunlight (contrast to my last place which was covered by my upstair neighbor’s balcony).  This year along with my rosemary, chives, and aloe vera… Read more Fruiting