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Rainy Day Peanut Butter Cookies

It’s a rainy day here in Kingston. With the start of fall, I’m craving peanut butter cookies. My favourite recipe is from the original Fanny Farmer cookbook. It’s a great cookbook with all classic recipes. These ones are thin and crispy rather than dense and chewy.

1/4 lb butter
1/2 cup chunky style peanut butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1cup flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease some cookie sheets or line with a silpat. Cream butter and peanut butter. Add sugars. Add egg and vanilla, beat well. Mix salt, baking soda and flour. Combine butter mixture with flour mixture. Arrange by teaspoons on the cookie sheets about an inch or so apart. Press each with a Flores spoon. Bake about 7 minutes. Eat.


Montreal Style Bagels. Oh Baby!

I’m originally from Montreal.  In fact, I lived there until I was nearly 28.  I’ve lived away for awhile (20 years, so now you know how old I am!).  But I really miss Real Bagel and St. Viateur Bagel.  Really any Montreal bagels will do.  Yagel Bagel.  Fairmount  Bagel. Bagel Bagel .  Hansel and Bagel.   Whenever I visit, I buy a few dozen, eat as many as I can, and freeze the rest.  Inevitably, there comes a time when there are no more bagels in the freezer.    I decided this week…NO MORE!  I gave it a go, and made my first batch of Montreal Style Bagels, right here in my kitchen in Ontario.   They are not the same, of course, but they are much better than the store bought bread circles they call bagels here!

This took me about an hour, and I used my Kitchen Aid.  I think it would be the same amount of time if done completely by hand.

I absolutely must give credit where credit is due.   I  followed My Second Breakfast’s blog recipe.  She has beautiful pictures, and easy to follow instructions.   http://mysecondbreakfast.com/montreal-bagels-recipe/

Here are some pictures of my first attempt:

The final product:




Costco is selling snow suits. Better start Christmas baking.


I was at Costco on the weekend, and they are selling snowsuits and back to school supplies. Is it just me or is this WAYYY too early. If you want to get a deal on these things, wait until the season has arrived (everything will go on sale, I promise!). If you want to be the first one with a new snow suit for your little precious, you might want to consider getting a hobby different than shopping (IMHO).

That’s all. Just an indignant post about pre-winter at Costco.