Butternut Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

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I made these the other day and if I don’t make them again my family will kick me out.

Well, okay, full disclosure, Julia won’t kick me out.  She didn’t like them.  But Bill and Alex?  Oh yeah.

And they really should be called “Because I need to go to the grocery store” cookies.  Why?  I was out of several things in the original recipe, so I just subbed this and that and ended up with something unexpectedly fabulous.

Scottish Oatcakes

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A while back (a long while, possibly a whole year back) I decided I wanted to do more cooking and baking of English and Scottish foods.  I am mostly English, a quarter Scottish, and a pinch German.  We already have some German traditional recipes in our repertoire, because Bill’s mom was German.  I thought it was time to bring in more of my side. 

Of course, that was a year or so ago, and what did I accomplish?  Not much.  Well, there were the two crumpet recipes I tried out…but that was in 2008.

So – new year, new try.

Still Oatmeal with Scratchy

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He refused to budge.

I’d just finished taking pictures for another upcoming food post.  I brought that food back into the kitchen and traded it for the three jars you see in the picture above.

When I returned to the living room, Scratchy had claimed the table.

He’s a big cat.

And when you try to force him to move…he suddenly weighs two hundred times his ordinary (over)weight.

I wasn’t in the mood to wrestle him, so I let him stay.

TWD – Chockablock Cookies

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This week's TWD monster cookie recipe was chosen by Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet, and you can find it on page 86 of Dorie's Baking:  From My Home to Yours.  You know, every now and then I feel like I should just bow out gracefully from the Tuesdays with Dorie gang, citing my lack of regular posting.  I don't think I've done more than 2 recipes per month in ages.  Lots of reasons, lots of excuses, good days, bad days, and so on.  But then I bake something and participate and feel a part of a community and I think okay, I can do this.  I really don't want to quit.

Especially when we get to bake fabulous cookies like these.

Oatmeal Molasses Bread

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At the beginning of December I said I was going to cut back on processed white stuff and other unhealthy food, and try to get myself in shape, since we're going skiing in February and I would like to at least give the illusion that I'm all healthy and athletic.

Hahahahahaha.  Anyway, I tried, but certainly wasn't perfect about it.  I did, however, pay more attention to what I was eating, and I think, for the most part, I ate less of the bad stuff.

Renee Pottle’s Vegetarian Burgers

As I mentioned in my recent post about Renee Pottle's cookbook I Want My Dinner Now!, I recently made the Vegetarian Burgers and these were a twofold hit – first time being as sandwiches for dinner, and the second time – for my husband the next morning as a substitute for corned beef hash with his eggs.  Now, they don't taste like corned beef, it was more the texture, but regardless – I got extra mileage and an idea for tweaking the recipe specifically for breakfast some time.