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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Much Needed Vacation

blue chip chocolate chip cookies

A vacation is something I would very much like right now. But then again, despite the workload, I guess I have been having somewhat of a holiday lately. You see, I've sorta been in Lala-land for the past few weeks. The end of stressful studio courses and this sudden urge to play all day can be blamed, but a lot of it also has to do with the addition of the boyfriend. HEEHEE. Seeing each other at every chance we get totally feels like a vacay, ya know? We're totally in that fantastical stage where everything is rainbows and butterflies and people always catch us looking at each other with kissy eyes. SO gross - I know - but SO good.

toasted pecans
blue chip chocolate chip cookies

But this entry isn't really about him. It's about a vacation, a break, a hiatus: of the blog. I know I haven't been posting much lately anyway, but I realized that I really need to do this. I'm going to take a formal baking break and focus on what needs to be focused right now. I even told my boyfriend today that I wouldn't be able to see him too often for a while and I'm so very thankful how supportive he is. I know I've been complaining a lot about the stress and the workload, but I'm going to really zip the complaining and walk the talk. So here I am, doing a mini break-up with my other "boyfriend" too: my sweet milk and honey.. :(

blue chip chocolate chip cookies

I won't leave you empty handed though! Although I am pretty sure you've seen this recipe on the other blog queens' blogs (SK, 101 cookbooks) I would like to give you David Lebovitz's famous Great Chocolate Chip cookie as well. I'm pretty sure I've posted this recipe before but I can't find it (teehee), so here it is again! It's a great, classic cookie with a killer chocolate/nut to dough ratio. The texture, flavor, and bite is perfect. It's an essential chocolate chip cookie that can do no wrong, so make sure you keep this on file! :)

blue chip chocolate chip cookies
blue chip chocolate chip cookies

Alllrighty... so I'm probably going to totally go into major blog withdrawal, but I must do what I must do. It's not just the blog either. It's everything in my life right now. Gotta prioritize, make sacrifices and focus myself!! Sigh. Don't get me wrong though. It's very exciting too. Challenges are always a hurdle and an opportunity at the same time, so I'm really looking forward to getting through all this! Here I come, graduation/employment/sister's wedding! And with a brave cookie in hand, of course!

Great Chocolate Chip Cookies

recipe from The Great Book of Chocolate
makes about 20 cookies


ingredients

1/2 cup (100 grams) granulated sugar
1/2 cup (120 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) (115 grams) unsalted butter, cold, cut into 1/2-inch (1cm) pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups (200 grams) semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup(130 grams) walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped


directions

1. Adjust the oven rack to the top 1/3 of the oven and preheat to 300F (150C). Line three baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. Beat the sugars and butters together until smooth. Mix in the egg, vanilla, and baking soda. Stir together the flour and salt, then mix them into the batter. Mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.
3. Scoop the cookie dough into 2-tablespoon (5cm) balls. Bake for 18 minutes, or until pale golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
5. Store at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 3 days.



great chocolate chip cookie

13 comments:

  1. Have a good break! But make sure you come back, y'hear!

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  2. OH NOOO, I'm gonna miss you. Hope everything goes well!

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  3. ahhh! but i only just found you! :(

    good luck with all & come back yes?

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  4. These look soo good! Have a great break from blogging! hope to see you soon.

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  5. MMMMM....Your cookies look great! Good luck with your life & we are going to miss you! see you soon,....

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  6. Awww geez. THANKS EVERYBODY. I really appreciate all the loving. I shall miss you too. But I have some good news! I have a surprise post coming up... from my sister's bridal shower. :D

    Anyways, See you soon!

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  7. SARAH!!!!!!!

    i love your blog! im gonna come often now : )
    and im seriously going to try your recipes bc i love to bake now (its so weird why all of a sudden its happened)!!!

    im so excited to use ur recipes : )

    dont take a break!! -__-

    and lets meet soon.
    i miss u!

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  8. For some reason, the comment I posted a while ago didn't seem to go through. Probably my fault.

    I had just wanted to say that I hope you enjoy your much-deserved break, and that we'll all be waiting for you when you return. All the best to you in the meantime!

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  9. Missing your delicious posts! Hope you enjoy your break and will look forward to your return :)

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  10. Just found your blog when I was searching for Strawberry cupcakes! Wow am I glad I found this blog. So beautiful and the recipes are fantastic! I've added you to my blog list. Can't wait to see what you make next

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  11. mmmmmmm ... those cookies look so good :-). come back soon :-) XOXO

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  12. Hi Sarah. This is James Moon. I'm gonna follow your milk and honey cafe. I think I'm gonna try baking from one of your posted recipes.

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  13. when you say the bite is "perfect" - do you mean it's super crunchy or moist and chewy? cos i like the sound of a "perfect" recipe (yet to find one after all these years!) but i'm a chewy cookie sort o girl. different strokes and all that :) i will be checking back weekly in hope for a response. thanks for all the great lookin food!

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