This impending week has been weighing heavily on me for the past month. I’ve been dealing with health issues since this summer. This week will be full of appointments and a procedure. I thought it would be best to focus on what I have been trying to avoid all these weeks.
While baking is the way I usually relax, I decided a minor reprieve from my posts for a few days was much needed. The first person I asked to fill in was a dear friend whose blog inspires me and whose recipes entice me. We met this past summer when I first started blogging. He happened to be one of my first readers (besides my mom). He also was one of the few that left me comments. My husband decided to read my blog one night and asked me, “Chi e’ questo Brian?”. Translation: “Who is this Brian?” I reassured my hubby that he was just a friend that liked my baking. A happily married friend. His sweet comments encouraged me and kept me going when I was doubting if I should be doing a food blog.
Brian happens to be talented in every thing he makes. You may have come across his most recent post, European Hot Chocolate (it was in the Foodbuzz Top 9 last week!). Or his Ricotta Cheesecake! When I visit Brian’s blog, I feel calmed by the thoughtful words he has chosen. I look forward to exploring his delicious recipes captured in his stunning photographs; each post is perfection!
I am in LOVE with his Chocolate Chip and Boozy Raisin Oatmeal Cookies! It doesn’t get better than rum soaked raisins and chocolate chips all in a scrumptious and buttery cookie! Thank you, Brian, for this wonderful recipe that you shared with my readers!
I am thrilled to introduce you to my sweet friend Brian, from A Thought for Food!
My deepest thanks go to Lora for asking me to write a guest post for her site. I’m not exactly sure how we found each other (must have started with Twitter), but we have been in constant contact for many months now. As you can see from her posts, Lora is an incredibly talented and thoughtful writer and baker. She cooks with so much soul and her stories are always so touching.
I knew that it wouldn’t be hard to come up with a recipe to share with all of you, because Lora and I are very similar in terms of the things that we enjoy cooking. Even during our childhood, food played a role in our lives. So we look to it to find comfort and as a way to express ourselves.
Whenever I am having a rough day or it’s miserably cold outside, I can always count on a batch of fresh out of the oven oatmeal cookies to brighten my day. In fact, I find the whole cookie-making process to be incredibly cathartic. The preparation of the dough, getting your hands dirty as you scoop it out onto the baking sheet, the sweet, buttery smell that fills the whole house… how could that not make you smile?
This particular recipe comes from my friend Katie, who brought them to a little winter BBQ we held a few weeks ago. She made two variations: one with chocolate chunks and one with dried cranberries. They were some of the best oatmeal cookies I had ever eaten and I immediately asked to get the recipe. My version is slightly different, with the inclusion of some rum-soaked raisins. I figured you can’t go wrong with boozing up a dessert.
And, now that I’ve tried the recipe myself, I can tell you that these will be my go-to cookies whenever I need to whip up a dessert for a party. Hope you all enjoy!
2 cups flour
2 heaping cups oats
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (do not pack)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cups raisins
2 tbsp rum
Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl. Cut the butter into tablespoon size hunks and mix into dry ingredients with your hands. The mixture should be crumbly but starting to come together. Then add the eggs and vanilla and continue to mix with your hands until everything is incorporated.
Place the raisins in a separate bowl and coat with the rum. Let sit for five minutes. Add the raisins and rum to the dough. Add in the chocolate chips and mix in until incorporated throughout.
Bake them at around 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes for each batch. Every oven is a little different and if you are using a baking stone you need the temperature a little higher than a baking sheet.
Thank you, Brian, for this wonderful recipe that you shared with my readers! Please take a minute to go on over to A Thought for Food and see the rest of Brian’s other incredible creations!
There’s one more thing I have to share with you! A Martha Stewart cookbook giveaway just because!
Just because I adore all of you. Just because you all make me smile.
Every Day Food: Great Food Fast
Here is a little description of the book ( courtesy of Amazon), “No matter how busy you are, at the end of the day you want fresh, ﬂavorful meals that are easy to prepare. And you want lots of choices and variations—recipes that call for your favorite foods and take advantage of excellent (and readily available) ingredients. In the ﬁrst book from the award-winning magazine Everyday Food, you’ll ﬁnd all of that: 250 simple recipes for delicious meals that are quick enough to make any day of the week. Because a change in weather affects how we cook as much as what we cook, the recipes in Everyday Food are arranged by season.”
You will love this book!
1) If you are participating in the giveaway, leave me a separate comment telling me what is your favorite Martha Stewart recipe. If you don’t have one, just let me know you want to be a part of the giveaway.
2) To get an EXTRA chance to win this INCREDIBE book, go on over to Brian’s blog and say hello.I will count that comment as an extra chance when the winner is chosen randomly.
3) The contest is open to US and Canadian residents.
3) This giveaway ends on Thursday, 10 PM EST, 2/24/11.
Good luck to all of you!Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers. It means the world to me.I’ll be back with another sweet recipe at the end of the week!