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Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.



As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.



Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Monday, June 27, 2011

ginger lemon cookies

my favorite cookie flavors are ginger and lemon, and this cookie combines both of them into a truly unique cookie.  this recipe makes about 3 dozen cookies.

heat oven to 350 degrees.  line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat mats.  in an electric mixer, mix 1 stick of unsalted butter and 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of sugar until fluffy, about 5 minutes.

add one egg and mix.  then add 1 tablespoon of grated lemon zest.  mix to combine.
in a bowl, mix 1 1/3 cups flour, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 cup crystallized ginger, cut into dice sized pieces.
add to butter mixture and mix about 20 seconds to combine well.  using a cookie scoop, drop cookies onto the baking sheets covered with parchment or silpat mats.  bake for about 10 to 12 minutes, rotating the pans half way through the baking time.

this is another one of Martha's great recipes from many years ago, and one that i will make again.

skillet baked chocolate chip cookie

here is a recipe i have saved for years and was actually published by Martha as dessert of the month for July 2002.

this super size chocolate chip cookie is both soft and tasty.  after baked, this cookie is absolutely delicious served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  in a medium bowl, mix 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon salt.  then, in a bowl of an electric mixer, cream 3/4 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, until creamy and fluffy for about 2 minutes.

then, add 1 large egg and 2 teaspoons of vanilla.  mix well.  then, add the flour mixture and beat until combined.  stir in 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips.  i used a mixture of milk and semi sweet chips.  transfer the dough into a 10 inch ovenproof skillet, and press to flatten.  bake for 40 minutes.  cool for about 20 minutes before removing from the pan.