Mostly, I go local.
There was a thing in the NY Times magazine a year or so ago about making your own butter that made me want to do it. (I haven't yet.) But the other day, I made the oatmeal cookies from the original Silver Palate with orange zest and dried cranberries in them, and they were quite delicious. I gave a bunch of them away but am holding on to the last few because they're so nice with tea in the afternoon. (Or, you know, for breakfast.)
OK. I'm going to try the Silver Palate cookies. Here's my problem: my kids. They don't like orange zest or fruit in their cookies, and yesterday, after tasting white chocolate for the first time, my daughter told me she ONLY wanted it in her cookies. This is a disaster. But it was that NY Times piece (it was in the magazine) that made me want to make butter, too. I was finally inspired by the River Cottage Family Cookbook and, yes, my no-fruit-in-cookie-kids, who were extremely excited about making butter. Of course, I ended up making it while they watched TV, but so it goes. I got Ronnybrook farm heavy cream (they sell at our local farm market) and let them eat spoonfuls of it. It's a strange process cream-shaking-into-butter, but very, very satisfying, and the cream I used had been out on the counter for a long time which I think made the separating go faster...Enjoy breakfast!
The thing I like about the Silver Palate recipe is that it's very adaptable. Years ago, a friend and I (out of necessity) made a version that used some peanut butter for part of the butter and some Mexican chocolate for part of the oats, and they were fabulous. (I blogged about it last summer, so the recipe is there.) I think we still put raisins in those, but you could take them out and put white chocolate in instead. Not that other oatmeal cookies aren't also adaptable. Deb at Smitten Kitchen posted a new oatmeal cookie recipe today, so that's an option as well. My cookie ended up being a late morning snack, but still--very nice. And the butter sounds fun. No 4-year-olds in my house, but still. I like the idea.
I've just gotten bold enough to start adapting recipes to my particular needs and I will look up that recipe since it sounds pretty amazing.....what is it about oatmeal cookies?
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