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Monday, November 21, 2011

Fun with Google

Play around with it, then enter any search term and play some more.

then google- askew

Do you know any other Google tricks?

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Battle at Kruger

I found this video fascinating. My professor showed it to us in class. He described it like a disney movie, it has a happy ending. 

Here's the wikipedia page on this

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Source for this Pic: Here)

See that picture, it's not mine, I took it from the the blog where I got the recipe from. I made some and while they went pretty fast, they didn't come out so nice and delicious looking.

Now here's something that I didn't quite get the results I hoped for.

Here was the promise: Using this SECRET ingredient results in chewy, fluffy chocolate chip cookies.  Now, that's just the way I like my cookies.

Your wondering what this secret ingredient was?

Wait for it................................................................................................Wait for it....................................

And the secret ingredient is CORNSTARCH.

I've been using my mother's recipe for chocolate chip cookies and those are awesome, so I decided to try these to be adventurous and see what would happen. I conveniently forgot that I do not like making cookies, because it takes me forever to scoop out the balls, or if I double the batch because they go so fast, I get overwhelmed with all the cookies to make. (Now it is quite possible that the previous sentence is a run-on sentence-I don't care right now). If you hate your current recipe, give these a try. I do not think that this was emphasized in the original recipe, THESE COOKIES DO NOT SPREAD. I'm not shouting, jut want to make the point. I used the cookie scoop and ended up with ball shaped cookies, not quite what I wanted. I flattened them out by hand with the last batch, but left them in the oven a drop too long, so they were a tiny bit on the tough side, but still plenty edible. I did substitute margarine for the butter because I wanted non dairy cookies.  Really, Really do not cook  longer than the recipe says, these cookies turn more tough than crispy. For some reason, some of these tasted like they needed to be mixed better and others tasted ok and this was a with a KitchenAid. It's also quite possible that my expectations are quite high. There was this one kid in my class, whose mother used to make her chocolate chip cookies for snack everyday and she shared them with the rest of the class. They were delicious and perfect in every aspect for the chewy cookie lover. My mother made cookies too, but she's on the other side of the fence on this one, she likes crispy cookies and that was the way she made them. When I made them, I made them soft.

I'm sharing this recipe, because it seems that many other people have had better success with the recipe. It also seems as if I identified my mistake. In my opinion these were good, but I've definitely had tastier chocolate chip cookies. So go ahead, try it out, let me know your opinion(s) (believe me I know some people got a lot to say) or your favorite cookie bar recipe (since I don't like doing cookies) I especially like unusual or different, as well as easy, you get bonus points if the recipe doesn't include evaporated milk or condensed milk. Why? Because I feel like it.

Here's the recipe for the Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies with Secret Ingredient:
(My Source For This Recipe Can Be Found: Here)

3/4 c. unsalted butter, softened 
3/4 c. brown sugar 
1/4 c. granulated sugar 
1 egg 
2 tsp. vanilla extract 
2 c. all purpose flour 
2 tsp. cornstarch 
1 tsp. baking soda 
1/2 tsp. salt 
1 c. bittersweet chocolate chips

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2.  In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugars until fluffy and light in color. Add egg and vanilla and blend in.

3.  Mix in flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt. Stir in chocolate chunks.

4.  Using a standard-sized cookie scoop or tablespoon, drop dough onto a prepared baking sheet.  Bake for 8-10 minutes, until barely golden brown around the edges.  (The tops will not brown, but do NOT cook longer than ten minutes.)

5.  Let cool, on the sheet, on a wire rack for five minutes.  Remove from baking sheet and let cool completely.  Try not to eat them all.

Stay tuned for something fun, and something sparkly coming your way.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

This recipe tastes great and is so easy, especially when you have leftover chicken cutlets. Chicken cutlets breaded with cornflakes are really good and will get you the crispy part of this sandwich, but any form of breaded cutlet works.

Breaded Chicken Cutlet (already cooked)
KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce (it has to be this brand)


1. Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on your baguette.
2. Place lettuce, tomato, onion on your baguette.
3. Put your chicken cutlet on the baguette
4. Drizzle BBQ sauce over the chicken cutlet.

That's it, really easy and delicious.

More options:
You can play around with other types of flavorings, by just changing the sauce you use, for example a spicy tomato dip in place of the BBQ sauce will give you a different type of sandwich.

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