December 9th, 2006

wood cat

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It's cookie season again, and my old link for "the best cookies ever!" (according to Chad's students [*]) has died, so for your information: Skaarup’s Almost Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (you may need to scroll down).

Edit: that link appears to omit the [starred] substitutions, which are: for butter + butter Crisco, either 7/8 cup melted butter, or 1 cup butter Crisco; for 2 teaspons baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda + 1 teaspoon corn starch. (I've never tried either of these.)

Edit again as note to self: dark brown sugar is better than light brown.

As you know if you watched that Good Eats episode, the shortening, the brown sugar, and chilling the dough means that these are poufy, dense, and a bit soft.

(I personally like a #30 scoop rather than Alton Brown's preferred #20, which gets me 32 cookies, but I concur with Alton Brown that parchment paper is better than the recipe's suggested wax or foil.)

[*] People made nice noises about them at the party yesterday, so it's not just starving students who like them.

Trigun (Wolfwood)

Trigun, episode 23 (and most of 24)

Two pieces of correspondence after this evening's attempt to watch episodes 23 and 24 of Trigun:

Dear Netflix:

The last few minutes of episode 24 are a really bad place for a disc to stop working.

Very truly yours,

A customer

* * *

Dear readers:

Don't tell me what happens at the end of episode 24! Or what happens in the last two episodes. If you do, I will kill you with my brain, because I want to see it for myself.

Very truly yours,

A most sincere Kate

Brief notes on what we did see behind the cut. I really mean it about spoilers.

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