When I started this foodie life, it began as a baking thing.
I started baking in high school. My grandmother was an avid baker. I learned early on that men love cookies. Hm. So, I baked cookies. I couldn't help it.
Fast forward to my post-college life in Atlanta. I was the ultimate stress machine. I was stuck in a job I hated (thank you, shitty economy). Yeah, I was good at it, but I had no passion. I was overeducated for the position. They'd fire my friends and make me do their work. I was a cog in the machinery of business, not really paid to think. I felt that the way I spent the majority of my waking life had little-to-no valuable impact on the world, when I knew I could do so much more. I was all sorts of unhappy.
The nice thing, for me, about baking is that it's so *precise*. You follow an exact set of instructions and have complete control over the outcome of your work. So, when the rest of my life was a discombobulated, uncontrollable hell... baking became my sanctuary. I started playing with different ingredients, and before I knew it, I emerged a cooking and baking foodie chick, taking pictures and storing recipes away (long before I grew the balls to make this bliggity-blog).
I still "stress-bake." My mom says she knows when I am entirely stressed, since the amount of baked goods I produce increases exponentially in comparison to wholesome, healthy things. Yep, Mom reads the blog. Hi, Mom!
My thoughts are this: if you're going to be stressed and crave sweet things, why not bake them yourself? They're not exactly healthy, but they're sure to be healthier than if you buy them in a package that came from a factory, with all those extra, unpronounceable things that were never meant to be inside food in the first place. Plus, you get the stress-relief of the baking process, and the ultimate satisfaction of tasting something awesome that you made yourself.
Why don't you try these cookies, for a start? They were the first ones I ever made on my culinary journey - the first pictures in my photo archive entitled "FOOD." It'll un-stress you. And if there's a boy you fancy, give him some. Works every time.
Chocolate Coma Cookies
adapted from this original recipe
1/2 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (total) milk choc, bittersweet, white choc, and peanut butter chips
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
-In large bowl, beat butter, sugar, egg, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt; stir into the butter mixture until well blended. Mix in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
-Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until set. Cool slightly on the cookie sheets before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 2 dozen cookies