Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

The Easiest Cookie You Will Ever Make…

I love making cookies and there is no recipe I won’t try. From biscottis to linzer cookies, I have tried and made them all. I have to say that when I saw a recipe for cake mix cookies, I was skeptical but I decided to give them a try and my oh my am I glad I did! With a slight crunch on the outside and a soft, chewy inside, these were delicious and can be made in numerous ways by changing up the cake mix flavor and the candy you decide to put in there. I used M&M’s in my last batch, but next time I just might try some Heath bits or Snickers. Sounds so good, I will have to blog about that later. 🙂

Cake Mix Cookies

Ingredients
1 (18.25 ounce) package chocolate cake mix
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 T. vegetable oil
1 t. vanilla
2 eggs
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips, M&M’s or other delicious treat

Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2.In a medium bowl, stir together the cake mix, butter and eggs until smooth and well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
3.Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

The Love Season

I have been somewhat of an insomniac for years. I am not sure why, but about once every 2-3 months I have a 3-4 night range where I can’t get more than 2 hours of sleep per night. Needless to say it is torturous, but I am able to weather this storm with some good books and during my latest bout, I came by some books by an amazing author, Elin Hilderbrandt.

I love Elin’s books for so many reasons. First, they are what I would categorize as chick-lit, and I LOVE chick-lit. Second, as it turns out, one of the authors favorite past times is cooking, so her books almost always have a surrounding or underlying theme of food. And finally, Elin has a family, so many of her books surround marriage and family issues, both of which I can definitely relate to.

The most recent book I have read from Elin was entitled, “The Love Season.” This is the story of Renata Knox, a 19 year old, newly engaged, college student, who is going to Nantucket to meet her wealthy fiancés parents for the first time. Renata goes to Nantucket with the intention of also visiting her estranged Godmother, Marguerite. Renata, whose mother, Candace died when she was only four years old, has never been allowed to visit her Godmother, who was also her mother’s very best friend. Once a renowned restaurateur, Marguerite sells her award winning restaurant after the death of Candace’s mother and becomes a recluse.

Against Renata’s father wishes, Renata calls her godmother with the intention of finding out the mystery behind her mother’s death and to have many more of Renata’s questions answered. The book spans two days when Renata is visiting the island and includes flashbacks from Marguerite’s past.

I had so much fun reading this book and was mesmerized by the story and by the way the author can so speak about food in such an illustrious manner. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.