I haven’t had such a disheartening day in a long time. Lately I’ve been asked to audition more and acting is something that I’ve done in the past, but have taken a break from it to focus on other pursuits. I had prepared for this audition well and by the time it was my turn to go in I had been stewing in the waiting room with the other actors for well over an hour. It didn’t go the way I had hoped and I left feeling like a failure. Once I got home I put on some Harry Connick Jr. music, a mood lifter for sure, and then headed to the kitchen to make these baked treats.
These chocolate chip cookies are the perfect indulgence to soothe my soul without having to say “I shouldn’t have” afterwards. For our followers, you might recall that I recently confessed to breaking a five day liquid fast by eating half a bag of Chip Ahoy cookies, not my proudest moment. Since then, I have made thousands of cookies and have a few “go to” recipes. Lately, the avocado is having its moment in the spotlight. So much so that global demand for this once exotic fruit, (yes, it is a fruit) has skyrocketed. No longer is it just for California rolls and quacamole, but it is topping quinoa salads, sandwiches, as well as being grilled, made into fries, used for chocolate mousse and now baked into cookies!
“There’s a party goin’ on right here
A celebration to last throughout the years
So bring your good times and your laughter too
We gonna celebrate your party with you…”
“Celebration” by Kool & The Gang is the perfect song to celebrate our one year anniversary of Kake2Kale! Well, it is the perfect song for any celebration. It came out in 1980, the year that our family moved out to the West Coast and the rest, as they say, is history. This song was part of the soundtrack of my life as I acclimatized to a new city, school and friends.
Cookies are something I have a weakness for. Many moons ago, when I was entered into the Miss Chinatown beauty contest, I was about 10 pounds heavier than I wanted to be, so I went on a 5-day-liquids-only fast. On day 4 of this fast, a friend left a pear in my sight and I felt like Eve beholding the forbidden fruit. I held the pear in my hands as if it was a new-born baby. I brought it up to my nose and inhaled its intoxicating, heady “pearfume”. I was playing with fire! Before I knew it, I brought this devil fruit to my lips and almost sunk my teeth into its flesh….then I came to my senses. Close call! When I made it to the end of the five days, can you guess how I broke this fast? Not with a delicious juicy pear, no, it was with a Chip Ahoy cookie, and then another, and then another, until I had polished off several. It was not the proudest moment of my life. And neither was the actual pageant, but I will save that for another post.
Easter is upon us. For me, it is a reminder that we can all have a fresh start. After days and days of grey, gloomy wet weather, that stretch into weeks with nary a ray of sunshine, you think you can’t bear to put on your trench coat and rubber boots yet again. Then, all of a sudden, the days grow longer and the sun pokes its head out more; tulips, daffodils and fragrant hyacinths are in full bloom. And that is when I feel the stirrings in my heart of new possibilities.