We made cookies as a family last weekend, which I always enjoy. I know I always say, I’m no foodie. But I have a certain mastery of a select few basics.
Mmmmm. I know every family has their coveted chocolate chip cookie recipe, and mine is no different. Okay, okay, the “secret” in our house is just to use the old Nestle Tollhouse recipe, and don’t overbake them. I do frequently use other kinds of chips besides chocolate (try toffee chips! My absolute favorite!) and I always bake on parchment paper.
Well, we were on a roll so we made peanut butter cookies too. It was a good day. Even Raya had a good time.
(I didn’t do that – that’s all daddy…)
So while I love to show off that I can indeed make something that looks delectable, I do want to share a tip that’s become invaluable to me over the years.
This is my laminated favorite recipe card. I don’t want to tempt fate, but I daresay, it’s virtually indestructable.
It just consists of a few of my most-frequently baked recipes, formatted onto about an 8×8 square sheet of paper. I took it to my local office supply store and had them laminate it for me. I keep it on the frig. So, instead of hauling out a big recipe book, or finding that scrap of paper that my dear gram wrote her bread recipe down on for me, everything is in one place, always at hand, and is easily washed off when it gets dirty.
Seriously, this beauty is 13 years old, and still in great shape. There weren’t really even such things as blogs when I put this idea together. It’s been dropped, spilled on, and even fully submersed right in with the dishes, and still perfect. You can tell I am really not a foodie as it’s just one-sided, but anything you can fit on the front or back of a 8.5×11 sheet of paper is something you can have close to hand all the time. I keep it clipped to the side of the fridge with a magnetized clippy, so I never have to bust out a cookbook or recipe file.
With as many kitchen mishaps as I have, I am so, so glad I thought of this all those years ago. Now… if only I had more skills to add to this baby. Oh well – thank goodness for takeout!
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