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Jackpot Drop Cookies

Ah, summer time.

Sure, there is nothing like playing and doing whatever you want to do. That is if you are not in 4H.

My kids are having fun and playing with friends. But they also have to get ready for the County Fair at the beginning of August. Or sooner if you took on a cooking project which my daughter did. So on July 5th she has to present three cookies she made herself from a recipe in the Cooking 101 manual.

So the family is going to be forced to sample the cookies she makes. By herself with no help from me.

I am there in the kitchen giving helpful hints as we go through each step.

Be quick with the non-stick spray and do not over load the pan with that stuff.

Turn on the mixer on after the beaters are firmly on the bottom of the bowl.

Keep the dog out of the kitchen at all costs during this cooking adventure.

It is ok to sample a few chocolate chips.

After sifting flour and mixing it with the baking soda and baking powder, we move on to the next step.

Cream together some other ingredients.

Egg, softened butter, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla

Next comes the mixer.
Look at her technique! No splattering!

Time for the dry ingredients to be added.

So now is when the mixer can still be used but it gets a little harder. Once the nuts and chips are added, she has to use a spoon to stir the rest of the ingredients in the dough.
This is the part where we do not talk about the taste testing. One must make sure the dough is ready for baking. Using two teaspoons, dough is placed on the pans. Pans are placed in the oven for ten minutes and then taken out.

 The book says to put them on wire racks. I prefer using newspaper but I guess this way is better. By the time the second pan came out, we were able to sample the first batch. This was when I taught the fine art of picking the ugliest cookies for sampling.


We plan to make another batch on Thursday before our Friday Fun night and again on Sunday. On the fifth, she will have to have a plate of three cookies, a copy of the recipe and a day’s menu with the cookies as a component of one meal. This year I think she is getting a blue ribbon for her efforts.
Are your kids doing any special projects this summer?

In this world of eating healthy, I have made the effort to cut out those foods I know are bad.

Years ago I cut out soda to lose weight and make my rosacea ease away. And I gave up red wine that made my skin just flame up. That effort was totally worth it.

To make that transition easier I began drinking more tea, especially green tea in the morning.

So far, so good.

I have added more fruit and vegetables to various meals. I have added a regular exercise routine. But the next step is to start cutting out the ‘white’ elements of our diet – white sugar, white bread and white rice.

So I bravely picked out a whole-grain pasta from Barilla. I like Barilla pasta as it has fun shapes and does everything I want from pasta. My Mac-and-cheese owes everything to the cork screw shaped macaroni from Barilla.

This night I knew I was changing things up and no one in the house was looking forward to it. They had seen the slightly different colored box and knew I was trying to make them eat healthy. Four kids and a husband were not happy about this. I do not count the dog because he can – and will – eat anything.

That is why I picked up Encor’s Chicken Parmesan, aka red things, to go along with the meal. You always need to make sure there is something they do like matched with the unknown food. Most of the time, I make it biscuits. They may not eat the goulash but they will fill up on biscuits. Since this night the new food was pasta, I decided to make the alleged protein the familiar item.

I cooked the pasta and it was not the familiar yellow color. To make matters worse, it was a bit crunchy despite my over-cooking it. Barilla pasta normally floats over the tongue, is easily crushed by the teeth and leaves a pleasant after-taste. The crunchy-ness was not acceptable.

It was a disaster.

The kids hated it, my husband proclaimed we would never buy whole grain pasta again. The dog wondered how much he was going to get.

I have friends who say they love whole-grain pasta, that their kids eat it willingly. Well, at least mine willingly eat the red things.

Karyn Bowman is also known as Mom Goes to the Movies. She lives in Kankakee County with her outdoor writer husband and four children. Become friends with Karyn on Facebook.