I'm so thankful the kids are finally back in school. I mean really--I'm being honest here. David, Jacob and Sophia are back with their friends, Tasie is in Utah figuring out how to look good while snowboarding, and Adam is home from Seattle...and back to ignoring me as per usual.
Today I have decided I am immoderately fond of anything with cardamom so let's bake cookies! The cardamom thing hits me about once a year then after that forget it--the smell really becomes nauseatingly sweet and bitter like old perfume. The cardamom thing has something to do with sweater-weather. Sweaters have somehow mysteriously scattered themselves everywhere while the cookies are baking. My serger is on the kitchen table and I'm making black cashmere leg warmers for Tasie--extra long. She says she's freezing but has learned to make a new Chinese soup so she's happy...and cozy, too.
I don’t want to make any rash generalizations, but it seems that every time I eat cardamom I feel different--like I'm in a psychadelic cardamom-influenced creativity abyss. Has anyone else experience this phenomenon? I think I'll call this one into Art Bell...
The Original ORANGE, CURRY & CARDAMOM SMART COOKIE's cookie recipe
2 c unsalted butter at room temperature
1 1/2 c baker's sugar
1 tsp curry powder and a pinch of salt
3 tsp cardamom
3 1/2 c flour
1 orange-worth of grated orange peel
1 c chopped pecans...or almonds but I like pecans
1 c confectioner's sugar to roll the cookies in
Cream butter and 1 1/2 c sugar and spices in a small bowl. Sift flour and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to mixing bowl.Stir in nuts and orange peel.
Form 1 tablespoon of the cookie dough into a ball. Bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for at least 15 minutes but no more than 17. Let them cool a couple minutes then roll the warm cookies in the powdered sugar.
If you can't find baker's sugar just use confectioner's sugar.
<<<My good friend and fellow artist chick, Bonnie Taylor Talbot, owns the original one and only SMART COOKIE painting.
FOLLOW UP TO POST: I, uh, didn't make dinner because I ate so many cookies!!! (everyone survived)