Back with a cookie recipe for you. I did not cook last night as we had leftover pasta from the night before. No way that yummy goodness was going to waste. I am completely in love with that bolognese sauce. I’m hoping sometime in the next month or so that I can invest in a pasta machine. Would be so lovely to make my own fresh pasta. This was the first time I’ve used fresh instead of dry. The difference is phenomenal. I would think I’ll be using fresh whenever possible now. So I’m watching the sales for a fancy machine of my own. I never pay full price for kitchen gadgets. I flag them at my fave stores and wait until they have blowout sales. Best way to shop I tell ya. My theory is you can buy more stuff if you get it all on sale. But that’s our little secret.
So since I didn’t cook I baked a bit. I made the “don’t get cross buns” again but used the newer bread machine so the chips wouldn’t melt. To my dismay my daughter complained and said she liked the ones I first made where the chips did melt. So back to using the older bread machine that heats up the ingredients before mixing. Here’s a pic of them with the chips not melted:
So now on to the cookie recipe. These are cookies I have been making for over 20 years. I actually have no clue where the recipe came from. So I cannot credit anyone for it. I’m sure it’s from a cookbook, perhaps a betty crocker one. Anyhow I love these as I adore anything with coconut in it. These are really moist and tasty. They are incredibly easy and fast to make which is always a bonus. Inexpensive too which in times like these is another huge bonus. Hope you try them out and love them as much as I do. I think of my brother in law when I make these. He passed away last march. I had made these the christmas prior and he must have eaten a dozen of them. Nicest man you could ever be lucky enough to meet. So in honor of Mike here’s the recipe for these.
Mike’s Coconut Macaroons:
1 1/2 cups sugar
5 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
3 cups oats
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla (you could use coconut extract too or in place of)
1 cup coconut
Mix sugar and cocoa in a large saucepan over low heat, add milk slowly. Stir until sugar dissolves. Takes a few minutes.
Bring to a low boil and add shortening and oats, stirring quickly. Cook for 1-2 minutes and remove from heat.
Add the salt, vanilla and coconut and stir (wooden spoon works well) until mixed well.
Drop into small stacks on a parchment lined cookie sheet or cutting board. Let sit until they cool. Remove and munch away.
I personally cannot stop myself from eating what’s left on the wooden spoon while this is still hot. I try not to do that as I cook and bake often. But these ones are impossible to resist. Try them and let me know what you think. I think you will be hooked.
So tonight I may just whip up some pizza. I have lots of leftover toppings from the other day. Survivor is tonight so usually we order pizza. I feel like cooking though so think making my own will be the way to go. We’ll see how I feel later. It can change moment to moment. I’m not one to make a plan and stick to it. Not my strongest attribute for sure.
Tomorrow night I do have a plan however. Been waiting all week to try out some new stuff I saw on Giada at Home. I’m hitting a fancy market tomorrow. I never do this for fear of my frugality melting away and me having a meltdown of epic proportions. Not sure if I’ve mentioned hubby has been laid off for almost 3 years and he’s back in school. I do not work. So we are living on a really, really modest income and my shopping days are far behind me. I fear I may crack one day and end up crying in a ball in some store yelling “i just wanna shop,i just wanna shop”. So I avoid stores at all costs. Haven’t been in a cooking store like this in 3 years, or home depot, lowe’s or homesense! This will be a test of my strength for sure. But I need agave and our 2 local grocery stores do not carry it. So off to Remark Farms I go tomorrow. I may need an emergency contact number for my breakdown, anyone interested?
Anyhow, I am making a nice salmon recipe with a citrus verde and salad. I may try quinoa as well. So make sure to check in for this light recipe. I’ve been on an italian kick lately so will be nice to have a lighter, healthier meal. I am also excited to try sectioning an orange and grapefruit. I was never taught to cook so there are still things I am clueless how to do. Giada showed how to do this easily and I am pathetically way overexcited to try doing it. Yes I really do have way too much free time on my hands. Toodles and smoochies.