December 14, 2003

Yesterday, after a harrowing and largely unsuccessful shopping trip, E.S. and I decided to lift our own spirits by baking chocolate chip cookies.

Now, I have a recipe that consistently turns out perfect chocolate chip cookies. Without fail, people to whom I serve these cookies are amazed and delighted at how wonderful they are.

So of course I decided to use a different one, just for fun.

I looked through my recipes for a while and eventually found one that looked kind of elegant in its simplicity; what made it more interesting was that it was written in my own handwriting on the flyleaf of the first cookbook I ever bought, but I had no memory of writing it there.

So we went ahead and made the cookies according to the recipe. They turned out fine—nothing like my perfect cookies, of course, but certainly acceptable. In fact, they tasted vaguely familiar. I clearly hadn’t used this recipe for years, if ever, but somebody had.

In fact, a great many people had, as the recipe proved, to my horror, to be the Nestlé Toll House chocolate chip cookie recipe.

At least it’s good to know that my tastes have become somewhat more refined over the years.

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7 Responses to Yesterday, after a harrowing and

  1. Jere says:

    Did you happen to catch the episode of FRIENDS that ran along these same lines? Monica spent the entire show trying to replicate Phoebe’s grandmother’s recipe for the perfect chocolate chip cookies that they all loved. And…you guessed it…it turned out to be the Nestle Toll House recipe after all. Oops…

  2. Wayne says:

    Hmmm… Yum. Now i’m hungry for some chocolate cookies…

  3. John says:

    I made brownies the other day in some cookery class Iron Man competition and mine one ‘Best Overall Dish’. I was most excited.

    My excitement was diminished somewhat by the fact that I knew that I’d made them from a box mixture.

  4. Patrick says:

    So it’s officially a “We” now – does that mean “we” going to rename the blog?

  5. matteo says:

    so, what’s the perfect recipe?

  6. Jere, now that you mention it, that is one of the handful of Friends episodes I’ve seen. It was delightful. Wayne, you’ve just described my state of mind every waking hour. John, I should think that would increase your excitement, not diminish it–what could beat the twin joys of chocolate and fraud? Patrick, there is actually a relaunch of the blog, with a new title, in the works, but it has nothing to do with the singular or plural nature of its writer. And Matteo, I’m afraid that’s a secret that will go with me to my grave.

  7. Julienne says:

    Hey! I saw that Friends episode just last night! Very strange..


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