Cookie Dough Anyone?

I decided to crack open the chocolate chip cookie recipe today.  I used some of my advice on how to smooth out the flow of getting things into the mixing bowl, onto the cookie sheet, out of the oven and onto the cooling rack.

Today, the camera’s flash wanted to keep firing.  I ended up letting it fire and just covered it with my hand rather than stopping to figure it out.  Maybe later.   If you have a Kitchen Aid mixer, you have this recipe, it’s pretty straightforward.  My QC crew definitely liked the raw cookie dough so this might be the one to use for a while until I find another one or change this one after I get more experience.  Oh, we have two or three tablespoons of chocolate cookie dough left over for a snack later on tonight, or maybe for breakfast tomorrow, the QC team hasn’t decided yet.

Here are the pictures from today’s adventure…  right now I’m waiting on the oven to finish cooking a roast so I can start on a wheat bread recipe this evening.  We’re hoping to use it in our own version of Carrabba’s herb-olive dip recipe

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Clear, with a chance of meatballs

Yesterday evening I tried to make the meatball hors d’oeuvres I mentioned in a previous post, and did.  It took much longer than I thought, but that’s fine.  I stilled learned more about the Kitchen Aid and using a camera while I’m cooking.  It’s hard and something to get used to.

The ideas I came up with were to stage the ingredients and use a tripod and reposition the camera around the kitchen as things “get done” or prepared.  The tripod comes in to the picture (pun intended) for the next recipe.

The Metro Beater Blade works awesome on this stuff as well, didn’t need a spatula and clean-up was a breeze.  The meat grinding attachment doesn’t do well with fat, so trim off as much as you can before you grind it into ground beef.  Your mixer will have a much easier time and you won’t waste 15 minutes trying to clean out the die before you can even wash it.  The mixer still did an outstanding job.

My phone ended up taking the photos below and the face of the phone is quite gross as well, but it did do the trick

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PB&J

PB&J == Peanut Butter and John – I love peanut butter so how could I go wrong with something like baked peanut butter!

I thought I start with something simple and see what I could learn.  So I started with a peanut butter cookie recipe from the Kitchen Aid recipe book that came with my mixer.  And after reading some reading some reviews about this new whiz-bang mixing beater blade, I tried that out as well.

The recipe was straight forward but I realized quickly that organizing the ingredients before production was something I needed to figure out rather than just stacking the ingredients on the counter and adding them as I go.  So that was the first lesson.

After that, things started to flow.  Here are a few images from my adventure last night.  I did get one “hidden-mickey” out of this batch, so that was kind of cool as well but it was thanks to my large hands.  The recipe calls for 1″ balls of batter – not so simple for me so some of the cookies turned out kind of large.  I only managed to eat about 8 of these treats so the rest of them are going to work today for meetings and breaks.

The next project is some homemade meatball hors d’oeuvres and chocolate chip cookies at the same time to see how switching between two different types of recipes works out.

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