10 more days to go, for me to say good-bye to DC and say hello to sunny California. So, I am full-on on a pantry clean-up mode as it is next to impossible to ship all of my pantry staples. From today on, I am sorry to say - am gonna spam your readers with recipes - mostly from my amazing blogger chefs and some whipped up from the spur of the moment. :) :) Like a maniac, I am aiming to search for recipes with the stuff I have right now - so that by next Saturday, I can empty most of my pantry stuff. Hence the tag - Pantry Cleanup.
What would you do if you end up staying in an age-old town house where the fire alarm starts beeping for just about 15 minutes of baking?
Sigh!, now you know the reason why I haven't been doing any serious baking off late. I tried every trick and trade known to make it work but I failed miserably. Once it starts beeping, all you can do is open up all doors and windows and allow the *smoke* to get out. Either the fire alarm is too sensitive or our oven is way too old or I am crazy enough to start a baking attempt every single time with the same gusto.
..Well, this time, I was adamant to bake some cookies before I leave this place and did the unforgivable - "wrapped a plastic bag around the fire alarm, did all the baking I wanted and removed the bag once I am done!". :D :D.
Ok now, enough of my ranting and lets get down to business. Shall we - for some delicious, heavenly, melt-in-mouth Orange-Pecan cookies. Never before this, I loved the flavor of orange zest so much. How in the world, didn't I either make or atleast taste this recipe before.:) I had promised some of my office friends to bake some cookies for them. So, the recipe yileds more than 4 dozen of them depending on their size. Please use your discretion, for appropriate measurements to make lesser number of cookies.
First some cookie notes about varioud types from the baking book -
Type 1. The consistency of drop cookiedough allows it to simply be dropped from a spoon onto a baking sheet, making it the easiest kind of cookies to bake.
Tupe 2. For refrigerator cookies (also known as Icebox cookies), the dough is shaped into logs, wrapped in plastic, then refrigerated until firm enough to slice and bake.
Type 3. Shaped cookiesare formed by hand into various shapes (such as balls, logs, crescents etc) or are pressed through a cookie press.
Type 4. Cutout cookies have a firmer dough. To make it easier to handle, the dough may need to be chilled before being rolled out. Then the dough is cut into shapes with a cookie cutter or knife.
I have a lot of pantry cleaning to do in the next 10 days, so don't be surprised if you see more of cookie recipes in coming days! How does 'Frozen Lemonade Cookie' sound? :D :D
I truly believe in the Power of the First Sentence!. I did stare many, many times at a blank blogger post thinking & re-thinking about how to start my post. I have my recipe typed et al, but I don't know how to write a prologue to make it more personal and most importantly interesting to me and my readers. As the article suggests, I think keeping an exclusive journal of only first sentences works for somebody like me. that ways, it would definitely give me an instant kick start. :). What say?
As I said, a zillion times before on my blog, to me, my Mom is world's best cook. She is absolutely amazing in whatever she does or cooks and I would wanna be like her when I hit 50!. Both of the today's recipes - Putnala Podi with Garlic andKandipodi aremy mom's creations, which she might have made numerous times since my childhood. She is just a phone call away to ship us both a kilo of these yummy podis from India to here. :D. Probably, I will ask her to do so, once I settle in CA with S.
*thinking to myself*: Yeh!I am so glad, I could put an end to my endless dawdling and finally update my blog with something interesting. I just hope, I could keep up with this and blog more often. :) :)