Oatmeal Cookies – New Recipe!

One of my favourite cookies is the classic oatmeal cookie.  There are many different variations and ways to modify this recipe, I was browsing through the Martha Stewart website for ideas, but then I decided on my own recipe.  My tips and added touches to the classic oatmeal cookie are to add cinnamon, honey and butter!  The recipe makes about two dozen medium sized cookies or three dozen smaller cookies.  Really, two dozen is a perfect amount, and they will last about a week at room temperature in an air-tight container – if you don’t eat them first.  The best part about baking cookies versus store bought is that there are no preservatives and I know exactly what is in them (which is good when you have severe food allergies).

Freshly baked cookies have given the condo a warm delightful smell.  Baking is really what makes a place home – so now that I have made cookies in this condo, it is officially home.  Jonathan and I have many new kitchen utensils and a fancy toaster from Williams Food Equipment in Windsor.  The sign in front of the store says “The Candy Store for Cooks,” and it really lives up to its name.  I look forward to building a collection of even more kitchen gadgets and utensils.  For now, I have all the cooking tools I need and I am very excited to make Christmas cookies and many more recipes.

Jonathan and I are settled into the new condo and even the mantle is looking more like home, with a Christmas decoration, an engagement gift and some cards.  There are many Christmas decorations out in the stores and it makes it feel like there is not long before Christmas.  Jonathan’s parents gave us the reindeer and sleigh decoration, which is from Timeless Treasures in Windsor, next to Vito’s Pizzeria.  We had a wonderful lunch at Vito’s Pizzeria when my parents and Jonathan’s parents visited last weekend.  It was exciting to show off the new condo and some of the great restaurants in Windsor that we have discovered so far.

*Fun fact: Windsor Table Salt is from Windsor, Ontario (my new home!)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon Windsor salt
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift flour,
    baking powder, baking soda,
    cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt
    into a bowl. Beat butter and
    sugars until pale and fluffy. Mix
    in egg, vanilla, and honey, then flour
    mixture. Mix in oats.
  2. Using a 1 1/4-inch ice cream
    scoop (or 1 tablespoon), drop
    dough onto parchment-lined
    baking sheets, spacing each
    scoop about 2 inches apart. Bake
    until edges are golden, about
    12-14 minutes. (Mine took 13min)
  3. Let cookies cool on a wire rack.
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Kitchen Gadget Foodie Dreams!

Jonathan and I share an enthusiasm for cooking and our future kitchen will be amazing.  I hope it will be as amazing as my Mom’s kitchen.  My Mom is definitely the kitchen gadget Queen.  I suppose that would make me a kitchen gadget Princess?

Today’s post is about the wonderful kitchen gadgets I already have in my collection.  Including some that I have use of through my Mom and Jonathan.  There will also be some I do not have.  My Mom had a pair of pajamas a long time ago that said, “When you dream, dream big.”  I am going to apply this phrase to my kitchen gadget dreams.  It is also my goal to share my picks for kitchen gadgets with other bloggers and other amateur chefs.

The Globe and Mail recently did an article on kitchen essentials.  As the title suggests, they recommend 16 items that every kitchen needs.  The following are my suggestions, but every kitchen is unique and everyone has personal preferences.  If you have any kitchen gadget favourites please share them with me in the comment section.  Is there one kitchen gadget that you could not live without?

When buying through my Amazon store you will be supporting me and my foodie adventures! (Or, if you’re feeling particularly generous, you can buy me an item from my Amazon wishlist!)

Leslie the Foodie tested!

This is a foodie tool that I bought for Jonathan for his birthday last year.  It is great for making burgers, grilled chicken and panini!

This grater has many different sizes for different grating needs.  Jonathan has this grater, and it is used in many of my cooking endeavors that take place at his apartment.

Bodum French Presses are wonderful.  If you have a few extra minutes in your morning or afternoon to boil water and wait four minutes for the coffee to steep, you are in for a treat.  This is one of my favourite coffee makers, it allows more of the flavour from the coffee beans to shine through.  However, if you are making coffee for a large group of people, I would still recommend an automatic drip coffee maker.

Kitchen Essentials

These are the basis of any cooking or baking project, so you can be accurate in following recipes and developing your own recipes.

This spatula by Wilton is perfect for icing cakes or cupcakes.

How do you bake without one of these?  This is an essential.

A whisk, garlic press and tongs are needed for cooking projects.  Whisks are necessary for nicely beaten eggs and while you are making your omelet why not add some finely crushed garlic?  Whether you are flipping chicken breast or mushrooms on a skillet, a reliable set of tongs are a must.

If you make as many cupcakes as I do, you will know a good cupcake pan is necessary.  I often like to make my cupcakes without the foils or papers, so the nonstick pan is the way to go.  Cupcakes and muffins will bake evenly and taste great coming from your favourite muffin pan.

Foodie Dreams:

It would be a dream come true to have one of these in my kitchen one day.  My Mom has a black KitchenAid mixer and loves it dearly.  Whenever I am making a complex recipe I use hers.  The trusty wooden spoon is good for mixing, but it can’t whip cream as efficiently as this machine.

This is also a dream.  Buy this for me and I promise I will make ravioli every week!  Okay maybe not every week, but I do love ravioli.  Especially butternut squash ravioli!

I use my Mom’s food processor which is Cuisinart brand, it’s not this exact one.  Food processors are great for making pureeing fruits or blending spinach for spinach and feta philo pastry appetizers.

Emile Henry makes a wonderful pie plate that comes in many colours.  My Mom loves the way they evening bake the crust.  The pie pan is also deep, perfect for Mom’s famous apple pie!

Double walled glasses are delightful.  They make me happy and don’t burn my hand when I’m drinking a hot beverage in them.  I really like the aesthetic look of them, and hope to have some in my future home.  Jonathan has two of the little ones, and they are great for any kind of juice or beverage.