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Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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SylviaH

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

I can't be a party pooper, so here's enjoyed for dinner today in celebration of CDM!

I don't think chocolate chip cookies are really a Mexican cookie, but we like them occassionally.

 

I brined a lovely organic chicken overnight.  It was cooked in my rotisserie to perfection..so delicious, moist and tender.  If you've never brined your poultry.  Do give it a try.  You'll be very pleased at the difference.

 

 

Plate of tortilla's, shredded pork roast, chicken, fresh guacamole, pinto beans, Mexican pizza on locally purchased tortilla's..we have several local mexican tortiarilla panaderilla's so they are always very fresh and delicious. 

 

 

My Oatmeal, walnut, chocolate chip cookies.  

I just recently had to replace my mini oven.  I purchased the Breville smart oven.  I made the mexican pizza in it and 

crisps up a cold pizza perfectly.  I haven't tried baking a pizza in it yet..though I do have a stone and pizza pan for it. 

 

Not to be an add, but I'm so pleased with the new mini oven.  

Can you tell which cookies were baked in the Bmini and which ones were baked in my GE wall convection wall oven?

Answer -  The left is the Bmini on the right GE wall oven, baked Oatmeal, walnut, choc chip cookies.

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Sylvia

 

 

 

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dabrownman

Happy Cinco De Mayo.  I'm for making CCC's part of CDM every year :-) 

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SylviaH

I don't feel to guilty about the CCC.  I haven't baked cookies since Christmas.

Sylvia

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dabrownman

bake any for Christmas either.  Didn't make any Swiss Chard corn tortillas or even flour ones for CDM. Baked a white bread on Friday too ....  I guess I'm really getting lazy :-)

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Franko

Oh how I love to see what you've been cooking lately Sylvia, your posts are always a feast for eyes!

It all looks so good, and I agree totally about how much better a brined chicken, or any meat for that matter, tastes and cooks when it's been brined. Since I started using the technique a few years back it's been SOP whenever I commit a piece of meat to the fire. When salmon season is on we cook a lot of salmon that comes straight off the boats in the nearby marina. Brining it first for 30 minutes avoids all, or most that white goo of coagulated protein that you often get when cooking salmon, and the fish stays so much moister than it would if it hadn't been brined.

Great post Sylvia, thanks for the treat!

Franko

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SylviaH

I always worry about grossing someone out, when I do a photo of meat.  Thank you so much for the nice comment.

Wild caught salmon right off the boat.  How delicious!  

I have this thing that I can't eat farmed salmon.  Like some people can't eat meat.  

I bet you make one fine salmon dinner!

Sylvia

 

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carefreebaker

Everything you prepared looks so delicious.....the oatmeal walnut chocolate chip cooks look amazing. Would you please share the recipe? Thank you

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SylviaH

Thank you carefreebak!

1/4 cup Butter and 1/4 cup Crisco - both are chilled and slightly soft

3/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

2 Jumbo size eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cup AP flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 - to 1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats

1 cup Choc. Chips

1/2 cup Walnuts

Preheat Oven - 350F

In mixer, beat butter and sugars just until creamed - medium speed

Add cold eggs and vanilla - beat well

Wisk flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a bowl - mix in CC and walnuts

Add dry mixed ingredients to sugar mixture and mix until just combined.

important - chill mixture in refrigerator a few minutes to keep batter cold.  Keep batter cool while baking cookies.

Use cookie scooper ( small icecream scooper) and drop rounded onto parchment lined or silpat lined cookie sheets.

Bake just until edges of cookies begin to brown and cookie shows a little color.

Enjoy,

Sylvia

 

 

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carefreebaker

Thank you very much for sharing the recipe. Will be baking the cookies this afternoon. :)

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SylviaH

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