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On 11/27/2019 at 12:57 PM, Werkrobotwerk said:

I have today off, so I have been trying to make cookies with limited success.

the first batch was far too liquidy, and the cookies just sort of spread flat across the sheet during baking.

second batch at least look like cookies, but I think I added too much flour and they're a bit too dense... not sure if I want to try a 3rd batch or just cut my losses here.

 

What were you doing that was different from (?) this:

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https://www.food.com/amp/recipe/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies-americas-test-kitchen-387119

 

PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN)

 

The recipe is from Cooks Illustrated Magazine (May/June 2009).

 

READY IN: 45 mins

YIELDS: 16 very large cookies

 

INGREDIENTS

1 3⁄4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

14  tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)

1⁄2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)

3⁄4 cup  packed dark brown sugar (5 1/4 ounces)

1  teaspoon salt

2  teaspoons vanilla extract

1  large egg

1  large  egg yolk

1 1⁄2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli recommended) or 1 1⁄2 cups  semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli recommended)

3⁄4 cup  chopped pecans (optional) or 3⁄4 cup walnuts, toasted (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large (18- by 12- inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

 

Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10 inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.

 

Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using), giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.

 

Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches.).

 

Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking seet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

 

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Whatever they did ^ with flour and liquids, do that. 

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22 minutes ago, haldir said:

 

He gets it actually from his mom, who is the Cornhuskers fan (why she is I have no idea, all I know it was fun beating her team when we went to Eugene a couple of years ago, :lol:). He's not the most emotional fan either so I have no idea if they are winning or losing when a game is on, unless I can hear the tv.

 

Thou, if they do get that win & become bowl eligible at least it'll give him something to watch that he's cares about in bowl season.

 

Well, then, your wife AND your son have good taste! 

 

Well, no bowl game this year.  But it was close.  Iowa  was large and in charge for the first half.  Not a bad performance for an unranked Nebraska to take it to the last 7 seconds.  I think Frost has the team on the right path.  I'm almost looking forward to next season (which is something I haven't been able to say for a while).

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Oh, the irony. I didn’t have a chance to write an accident policy for myself, and guess what? I just slipped on slick stairs, almost certainly sprained my hand, and hurt my butt.

 

It really hurts when you bend your hand and fingers backwards on cement steps.

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Grump won the argument about my getting a desktop instead of a laptop by not arguing.

 

He just sent me the specs and prices for several of each, and let them do the arguing. <_<

 

Grump will be late, working Black Friday at the restaurant.

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2 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

Oh, the irony. I didn’t have a chance to write an accident policy for myself, and guess what? I just slipped on slick stairs, almost certainly sprained my hand, and hurt my butt.

 

It really hurts when you bend your and and fingers backwards on cement steps.

::o: :ik_oops:

I know all about slipping and falling on stairs. ...I know all the kinds of things. 

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Just realized that my computer keyboard's "F" bar, the one molded into the key so your fingers can "home", is completely worn off.

 

I guess I've used this keyboard for a bit of time.

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Ever decide you want a witch with still, silent, Levitate, just so she can stick people to the ceiling at the tavern?

 

No planned game tonight.

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37 minutes ago, PaganMegan said:

Ever decide you want a witch with still, silent, Levitate, just so she can stick people to the ceiling at the tavern?

 

No planned game tonight.

Is the witch by any chance working as a Bar Maid?

GEM

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27 minutes ago, Green Eyed Monster said:

Is the witch by any chance working as a Bar Maid?

GEM

Oh, hey!

 

She is now!

 

I decided on a refurbished Dell mini tower. Less than $350.

 

Going to let Grump look at it before finalizing, but a lot better than a laptop at the same price.

 

I will ask Santa for a graphics card, or maybe wait for my birthday.

 

I will need a bigger drive, 520 GB SSD is big enough for a boot drive, but not much left for software and data. I ate up most of the space on Grump's old laptop already.

 

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57 minutes ago, PaganMegan said:

 

I decided on a refurbished Dell mini tower. Less than $350.

 

 

I had one of those for many years. And when it gave up I got the one DH was using, and he upgraded. 

 

I wish I had started the Black Friday drinking game earlier today.  :zombie:

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Mmmm...4-ingredient pasta masala for dinner.

 

Brown some spicy sausage, drain the fat, then pour in a jar of tikka masala simmer sauce. Let it simmer while you prepare the pasta. Combine it all, plate it, then go to town with grated parmesan.

 

Yummy nummers. :)

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3 hours ago, TGP said:

 

What were you doing that was different from (?) this:

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https://www.food.com/amp/recipe/perfect-chocolate-chip-cookies-americas-test-kitchen-387119

 

PERFECT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES (AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN)

 

The recipe is from Cooks Illustrated Magazine (May/June 2009).

 

READY IN: 45 mins

YIELDS: 16 very large cookies

 

INGREDIENTS

1 3⁄4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)

1⁄2 teaspoon baking soda

14  tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)

1⁄2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)

3⁄4 cup  packed dark brown sugar (5 1/4 ounces)

1  teaspoon salt

2  teaspoons vanilla extract

1  large egg

1  large  egg yolk

1 1⁄2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli recommended) or 1 1⁄2 cups  semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghirardelli recommended)

3⁄4 cup  chopped pecans (optional) or 3⁄4 cup walnuts, toasted (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large (18- by 12- inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

 

Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10 inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.

 

Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using), giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.

 

Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches.).

 

Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking seet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

 

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Whatever they did ^ with flour and liquids, do that. 

quite a bit since I was doing oatmeal cookies for someone who can't have egg or butter

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So we had a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving this year. The boss was sick and running a mild fever so we stayed home. More acuratetly she stayed home; I got to drive 3 hours round trip to the in-laws to deliver the victuals we had promised. Anyway, neither of us was very hungry so we had popcorn for lunch and then peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for dinner. And I got to play video games and paint while she slept. I'll take it. :B):

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4 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

That sounds really good, @Inarah.

 

And curse you,  @haldir for mentioning Green Stuff World!

(They're having a sale right now, the rest of you should go ahead and go look. There's LOTS of really cool stuff.....You KNOW you want to.....)

Yeah, lots of lovely things there, many of which I'm looking forward to picking up over the winter.... And a much bigger list once we start seeing good temperatures again.  My plan for the new desk that holds at least 495 dropper bottles and a ton of 1 Oz bottles (and other stuff, but it would be 120 one ounce bottles if it were just those) might need to be revisited.  Guess I could look at actually getting one or two more Impudent Mortal racks, since each one holds 135 dropper bottles... 

 

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In other news, doc is thinking the shoulder issue is definitely a massively inflamed bundle of muscle, and before I could ask about the numbness in the face and arm he listed that (and a bunch of other things) as side effects for such, and I pretty much just nodded.  So yeah, nice to know the body is all weird and an irritated to all sinuscle can make half your face go numb.  Sure beats the other things it could be. 

 

Most hilarious part to me (beyond seeming everyone knowing my doctor in some way) is the "seek medical help if these side effects happen" section of one of the drugs.  For shoulder (and chest) pain I'm dealing with its all "watch out for shoulder pain!".... <_< thanks generic warning. 

 

Oh, and hubby is looking forward to me being "more of a fox than usual" since the second drug can make you, uhm, forgot what doctor said so I'm just going to go with "derpy".  Eh, beats physiotherapy being the main course of action I'd say, doubly so since I'd have to wait a week or two for physio to start.. 

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@WhiteWulfe I’d still see a physical therapist. Drugs don’t usually make for long term recovery from issues like that. 
 

 

Speaking of which.... I got a brace for my wrist, so at least that’s stable. My fingers are bruised, definitely the most hurt part of me. Though my tailbone is giving them a run for their money. Pretty sure I rebroke it. Flipping ice. 
 

Just goes to show that my theory about things going too good was right. To quote Timon, disaster’s in the air!

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