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June 3, 2011

 

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Ultimate Foolproof Chocolate Chip Cookies

June 3, 2011

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Chewy, warm, gooey, buttery. What could be more perfect than a home made chocolate chip cookie straight from the oven? After much experimentation, I’ve decided this recipe is my favorite to make. It’s so simple- they take less time to put together than traditional cookie recipes and you don’t need an electric mixer or any other special equipment.

Incase you need some more convincing to try out this recipe, my father was able to contribute some compelling reasons.

“They taste good.”

“They remind me of childhood when we had no money or food, just chocolate chip cookies.”

“I can eat ‘em drinking beer or I can eat ‘em drinking wine.”

“Reminiscent of a warm summer day”

“I like them on a Friday  night” (to the tune of this song…)

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Without further ado, le recipe:

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

yield: 24 cookies

active prep time: 10-15 minutes         inactive prep time: 45 minutes

  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 12 oz (1 bag) semisweet chocolate chips

Mix the flour, baking soda, and salt together.

Melt the butter and brown sugar in a bowl in the microwave for 2-4 bursts of 30 seconds, stirring in between.

Let the butter mixture cool, then whisk in the egg yolks and vanilla extract. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients and stir together with a whisk or wooden spoon.

Stir in chocolate chips, then refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes to one hour.

Preheat your oven to 375* F. Dish out 3 tbsp portions of cookies onto a parchment paper lined cookie tray. (I use a rounded coffee scoop for this.) Bake the cookies for 10-14 minutes.

Slide the parchment paper off of the cookie try onto a cool surface and let the cookies cool for 2 minutes. Either cool for another minute and serve or transfer to a cooling rack then wrap in plastic or store in a zip-top bag.

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Enjoy! 

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Edit: Surprise #1… an OhhMay YouTube channel

Hibernation

October 13, 2010

It’s been a beautiful summer…

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It feels like nights on the lake at twilight and the sweet smell of flowers in my backyard were years ago.

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& replacing them, the scent of freshly crushed autumn leaves and the sound of waterfalls…

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…walks across campus with new friends

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Views you wouldn’t believe,

opportunities I could never have imagined…

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Along the way I had doubts. Could this hill be wrong for me?

I said I was a southern girl at heart, I thought the Carolinas were where I belonged.

I couldn’t imagine myself in New York for another autumn, another winter.

 

But something steered me away from my other choices.

And I chose Cornell

I arrived here.

& I fell in love with the sights, the sounds, the people

I can’t picture myself anywhere else.

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OhhMay has brought me so much joy. This blog has developed my interests and clarified what I want to do with my talents, my education, and my life. I am so grateful I had the motivation to just keep writing post after post. The motivation to just keep thinking, just keep experimenting, just keep playing, and just keep clicking “publish.”

I will never give up this website, and I plan on resuming as soon as I can dedicate a fair amount of time to everything I put on here. I’m not the kind of person that will sacrifice quality in busy times.

So for now, OhhMay will hibernate. But I’m not done.

There are so many places I want to take this website and so many ideas I can’t wait to bring to fruition. Right now what I need to focus is taking full advantage of my first semester of college. I’ll know when I’m ready to throw the blog back into the mix.

 

Thank you so much if you’ve been reading this site.

Readers and comments are the greatest motivation in the world. They’re so encouraging and catalyze every post. Please stick around, I’ll be back. 🙂

Until next time,

Mae

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A Canning Party

September 8, 2010

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Last Saturday after sailing class (!!) I headed over to Savvy Julie’s for a FoodBuzz canning party.

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Above, the canning crew.

Cynthia, Emma, Me, Heather, and Julie. [Left to right]

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We began with delectable pear and ginger preserves. Julie taught us the proper preservation method for optimal food safety. The pears came out delicious!

Click here for the recipe.

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Next up was bruchetta in a jar. I really can’t wait to dig into this- I love anything tomato based!

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Last up was pickled zucchini in white wine vinegar. I have a hateful relationship with pickles so I was a little apprehensive about the pickled zucchs’. It turns out I love them! The variation in vegetable and vinegar really changes the flavor- these were delicious.

Click for the recipe!

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Dinner was a delicious meal at Moosewood [my first time!]. I ordered a salad with lemon tahini dressing and a saffron rice dish with fire roasted tomatoes, cashews and curried sweet potatoes. The scallions added the perfect texture to the dish. I’m a fan.

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It was a great day with new friends. Everyone is so sweet, I’m so glad to have met them! Today I took Emma’s yoga class which was the perfect start to my day. It kicked my butt!

How was everyone’s Labor Day?

I Love College

August 30, 2010

I feel it’s time for some hardcore procrastination!

Hey all! Week one of classes is over and so far I love this school. Thank you all for your comments on my last few posts, and I’m sorry I haven’t had the time to respond. :/

My course load is a little heavy this semester: Italian (which is every day), Chemistry lecture, discussion and lab, Biology lecture and discussion, Nutrition: Health and Society lecture and discussion, Science and Technology of Food, and Sailing (!!). I was supposed to take calculus and a writing course. I tested out of writing and I’m procrastinating calc for as long as possible as math classes are my kryptonite.

I also thinking about the Cornell Gourmet Club, the Food Science Club, the Farms to Campus Club, the Yoga Club and a Community Volunteering Club. I know I can’t do it all and I have to figure out how I’m going to balance everything.

Today I’m sharing 10 awesome things about Cornell.

10. The dining halls: they’re really good! Our residence hall is literally 10 feet away from one of the largest dining halls on the freshman side of campus which is extremely convenient. They have:

  • A huge salad bar with tons of different add-ins and some local products which makes me happy.
  • A traditional line with veggies (usually 2 options), a carb like potatoes or rice, and a protein
  • A grill with veggie burgers, your standard burgers, fries and nuggets, and grilled fish
  • Soups
  • A “Taste of Italy” line with a pasta bar, pizza, garlic bread, bread sticks, etc
  • A “Mongol Grill” where you fill up a bowl with veggies and then choose one of three sauces (like soy ginger, mandarin orange, etc.) and a protein then have it cooked in front of you. You can have noodles added or eat it with our choice of brown or white rice. ‘Tis delicious!
  • A section with Mediterranean food (!!) that includes grape leaves, hummus, tabbouleh, chick pea salad, and broccoli rabe salad (So pretty much my ideal foods)
  • Desserts
  • Local and non-local fruit

9. The gorges: The campus is beautiful. Walking to class is seriously an experience and I’ve found some beautiful running routes. [small pet peeve: the gyms are always packed with people. I can barley move my the free weights, let alone lift!]

8. The clubs: There are so many opportunities to get involved everywhere!

7. The classes: My chem professor is awesome and my nutrition professor is possibly my favorite person ever! I haven’t taken food science yet, but the director of the Food Science program is teaching the class and I adore her.

6. The diversity: My small high school was 99% Caucasian. Here there are so many different people. It’s like a breath of fresh air! I’m meeting people from Singapore, India, Germany and Korea. Pretty much amazing!

5. Collegetown: Ithaca has more restaurants per capita than any other city in the nation. College town is just a fun place to be! 😉

4. The Hills: It’s a hike to get to all of my classes and there are tons of hills on campus. It’s a great workout! (this will probably get old in the winter)

3. My Room: The rooms are really, really nice. Ours is big and spacious. My bed is comfortable, the bathroom is nice, and my roommate is amazing.

2. Our Floor: I’ve had so much fun with the people of this floor. Looking back on my college decision pro/con list I had “not fun” in the con column of Cornell. Totally wrong!!

1. The People: I really love everyone here. 🙂 Love.

GF Vegan Microwave Pita Chips.

August 22, 2010

This post may change your life. I love pita chips but the gluten free pita selection leaves much to be desired. This is totally okay because this recipe is extremely easy, tasty, and makes plenty of chips for all to enjoy.

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It all starts with Bob’s Red Mill AP Baking Flour. I love this stuff because it’s not completely rice flour and the flavor is pretty delicious once baked.

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The batter has few simple ingredients and takes little time to put together. I use yeast mainly for its flavor. Because there are no gums or binding agents added to replace the gluten, the dough won’t be able to trap yeast generated gasses but the flavor yeast adds is just what these chips need.

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The method is simple: mix, roll, microwave, turn, microwave, enjoy.

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They come out tasting like crunchy delicious flatbreads. You can dip them in anything, but my favorite was almond butter and strawberry jam. Also hummus, bruschetta* and tapenade work deliciously with these chips.

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They’re also great by themselves!

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Gluten Free, Vegan 3 Minute Pita Chips

Prep time: 15 minutes      Cooking time: 10 minutes

Special equipment:

  • Microwave
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free AP Baking Flour
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 packet (7 g) ready rise instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (extra virgin)

Directions:

Mix one cup of flour, yeast, water and sugar to a large bowl. Mix and let sit for about 5 minutes. Add the rest of the flour, salt and oil, mix and let sit another 5-8 minutes

Cut sheets of parchment paper that will fit in your microwave when folded.

Dust the paper with extra GF flour or cornmeal. Make golf ball sized pieces of dough and roll between the paper into a circle as thin as possible. Score with a knife into 4 wedges.

Microwave folded in the parchment for 1 minute 20 seconds covered, then 1 minute on each side with the parchment open. The cooking time of the sides will depend on thickness, so experiment!

Break apart and enjoy!

 

 

 

Have a great day!

Away, Away

August 15, 2010

I’ve been missing in action from the blog world.

It’s been 10 11 days since my last blog post and it’s felt like 10 months. Since my waffle recipe I’ve packed up my entire life to move to Ithaca, blew out 18 candles, supported my friends’ cover band, seen John Mayer and Train live, hit at the track, gotten a new license, new glasses and new hair, worked my last day of lifeguarding in the 518 and taught my last swimming lessons.

It’s been a successful summer and today I leave for college. I’m so excited!

This week is a five day pre-orientation hiking adventure around Ithaca. I won’t be able to blog until I move in on Friday.

Regarding OhhMay,

I have some new things planned for this site. I’m going to be completely honest and say there’s a chance they might not happen. I’m loaded up on classes and getting a campus job, so time will be tight. I hope to be able to blog 2-3 times a week and hope that some of my food science course work will make interesting topics for posts.

I will update with pictures from summer, hiking, and my new room. I hope you all can bear with me another week!

Until then,

Mae