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cookies . . .

plate of cookiesMy family and I have been extraordinarily lucky to have come upon two potters who make very beautiful, simple, shino pottery north of Minneapolis. I have been looking for dinner plates with shino glaze for the thirty years that I have been collecting pottery. We’ve visited the pottery a few times and now, my daughters and I all have dinner plates, dessert plates and bowls in our cupboards made by this wonderful couple.

When I travel up from Massachusetts to visit my daughter and her family, we sometimes make the drive up to the pottery to add a few pieces to our collections. The last time we visited, J. had made delicate cookies set out on a plate, offered fresh milk to Josie, the little one, and gave us mugs of freshly brewed coffee. I asked her for the cookie recipe and got it in my head this afternoon to try it out. I made HALF a batch and provide photos here to make your mouth water. . .

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Cookies:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, butter a cookie sheet

Cream together: 1 c. turbinado or white sugar, 1 c. light brown sugar, 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

Add: 1 egg + 1 egg white, beaten (I only mixed the eggs together, did not whip the egg whites); 1 cup peanut butter (I used Skippy extra crunchy); 1 tsp. vanilla; 2 tsp. baking soda; pinch of sea salt. Blend well.

Add 5-6 cups of oatmeal (for half recipe, I used 2.5 cups of Red Mill whole oatmeal); blend well. batter will be firm.

Bake for 10-12 minutes so that cookies are golden brown. Let rest on cookie sheet until cool and firm and lift gently with a spatula.

What a nice treat on a cool, September afternoon!

cookie 3

“advice to myself” . . .

I was reading an interview/article about Louise Erdrich, the writer today. Actually, I guess it was two articles. The first one was this morning in the New York Times newspaper that her latest novel, “The Round House” had won the National Book Award. And she had some stiff competition too.

By coincidence this afternoon, I happened upon an interview with her in the literary magazine “Poets and Writers,” a publication that I sometimes find really inspiring and many times, am as easily put off by it. Must be the frustration I have about being a better writer for myself rather than trying to beat the publishing system. Anyhow, that’s neither here nor there.

The interview in P&W came (obviously) before she won the National Book Award. It’s interesting that she thinks of herself as Native Read the rest of this entry »