Sometimes a girl needs a cookie (or two)

cookieSometimes a girl needs a cookie. I mean really needs a cookie. My craving hit me on a Friday night. Chilling out at home after a steak dinner with red wine, then a Manhattan with corn whisky from Cashmere, WA (local is good) I found myself craving a cookie. Two problems were keeping me from fulfilling my desire for warm crumbly goodness: 1. I am allergic to wheat. Yeah, I know, bummer is right. And 2. I did not have the energy to make a batch of cookies. I mean I could, but man, all the measuring and mixing and blah. Not on a Friday night, and not when I am a little buzzed.

Then, it hit me. I can make my super easy Peanut Butter Cookies. I call them Bachelor Cookies because they are so easy, but they will also do for a single girl wanting to relax on a Friday night. I can hold my own in the kitchen. There are times when I consider myself a sure win for Top Chef (Although usually only after a glass of wine). But there are times that I need to give myself a break and not have to prove my domestic goddessness to my cats. I mean, do they really care anyway?

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Red and Max, two very unimpressed kitties

So, back to the cookies. A super easy sweet treat that you can do any time. Use them to satisfy a craving, or impress those who are not in the know. There are only three ingredients. That is right, three ingredients. How can that be you ask? How the hell am I supposed to know? Do I look like a scientist? But, somehow, these three ingredients work together to make yummy, crunchy but soft cookies.

IMG_0894This recipe is from a cookbook that I got at a thrift store called “Cooking the Costco Way”. In between the recipes to make 20 lbs. of some salad, there was this great recipe that warmed the heart of this gluten-intolerant girl.

Peanut Butter Cookies, The Easy Way

1 Cup sugar (you can choose white, brown or organic, as I had on hand)
1 Cup Peanut Butter (creamy, crunchy – whatever floats your boat)
1 Egg

That is it. Mix it all together, drop onto a cookie sheet and bake 11 to 13 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Then, you open the oven and you are in heaven. Cooking doesn’t need to be labor intensive or time-consuming; you just need to find the short cuts.

Eating for One: It’s all in the preparation!

Cooking for one should be simple and easy, but most things are packaged for multiple servings. The problem is, I like variety. I hate cooking something and then having to eat it throughout the week just so that it doesn’t go to waste. But, with a little preparation and planning, (and even if your cooking skills are less then perfect) you can make healthy, tasty meals for yourself.

meet stefAs a young girl, I loved to watch The A-Team. My mother let me watch because no matter how many bullets were fired, no one got shot. My favorite character was Hannibal. He was the planner, the one who saw the big picture and made it happen. Who can forget his famous line, “I love it when a plan comes together”? This is how I feel in the kitchen. Life is crazy busy and, many times, we resort to the easiest choice instead of the healthiest. Driving home form work, it seems so much easier to just pull into some fast food joint and not worry about cooking when you get home. I have been there; I was there just this week. Fast food has it’s place, but, when relied on too often, it negatively impacts both your health and your wallet. With a little prep and planning, you can have fast, fresh meals for yourself that are health and easy.

Planning your Menu

As a personal chef, I would sit down with a family and work out what they were going to eat for the next two weeks. Sometimes the menu would be very specific, but a lot of times there was wiggle-room to allow for seasonal foods,

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What is Modern Homemaking?

Use the word “Homemaker” or “Homemaking” and you instantly think of a perfectly coiffed, petite woman in the 1950’s, with a fabulous dress, apron, updo and red lipstick, don’t you?  The old television shows of the 50’s gave us these iconic images of the quintessential homemaker – she always looked amazing, seemed to have everything in order, with a smile on her face and cookies in the oven. June Cleaver, Harriet Nelson, Donna Stone provided the perfect homemaker role models…although some of us feel more like Lucy Ricardo.

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While many women may find the idea of a ‘homemaker’ to be old fashioned, or even demeaning, I really think that nothing could be farther from the truth. These women ruled the home. They may not have had full time jobs, but they were in control of their household. I think this is something we can and should continue, single or married.

There are many elements I see as key to ruling your home. Here are just a few I hope to tackle in this blog.

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