Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted by: on Dec 13, 2012 | 11 Comments

I would give my left arm for a tomato right now. I’m right handed, so I think I’ll keep the right arm. And I don’t mean any tomato. I mean a fresh, local, summer, heirloom tomatoes. The kind of tomato you can eat like an apple after picking it fresh from the garden. So, if you need a left arm and have said tomato or a bushel of said tomatoes, let’s talk. Instead I have 209475098475843 pounds of greens. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration. But in an effort to support my local farmers, eat organic, and base my diet off fresh fruits and vegetables, I have a plethora of kale, savoy cabbage, lettuce, and arugula. We have managed to juice most of the kale. It’s really delicious juiced with carrots, lemon, apples, and a little piece of ginger. I always strain out the remaining pulp with a nut bag. I like my juice pulp free. The rest of it we have been slowly picking at. Salads don’t quite hold the same sway without all those yummy summer additions. Although, I do enjoy a salad with a nice apple, dried cranberries or cherries, pecans or walnuts, arugula and vinaigrette dressing. The lettuce can always be frozen and thrown in smoothies. Which leaves me with the savoy. I don’t know what it is about cabbage but I have a really hard time eating a lot of it. I think savoy and bok choy are delicious. I love them in stir-fry or to jazz up ramen noodles (when I’m feeling lazy). But somehow that’s never really enough to eat two whole heads of cabbage before it goes bad. I hate wasting food even though we compost.

But, instead of dealing with my plethora of greens today, I baked cookies. These were my first batch of holiday cookies. I’ll be doing a lot more next week. But I have some Santa deliveries to make this weekend. My favorite cookie recipes are both from Grand Central Bakery based out of Portland, OR with bakeries in Seattle, WA as well (I’ll post about these next week). But the person I was baking for is a lover of the good old-fashioned chocolate chip cookie. I stuck with the Nestle recipe and even used real butter. I figure, for the holidays, unless you are baking for someone with allergies or dietary restrictions, it’s always good to indulge a little especially when they are a gift. And I used fresh local farm eggs. One of the great things about living in the country is that everyone has chickens and everyone has too many eggs, which means they are often generous with them. I had just been thinking I needed to ask our friends for a dozen eggs to make it through holiday baking season, when I found myself graciously gifted a whole dozen. I had to work last Saturday. I was interviewing one of our easement holders for the Virginia Eastern Shore Land Trust. When I left, they sent me home with beautiful eggs in white, brown, and light green. They came out pretty good. But I prefer my cookies with a little oatmeal in them.

Now if only I could make savoy cabbage cookies…

11 Comments

  1. Mo
    December 14, 2012

    Mmm, I could go for some cookies right now! I must share my vegan chocolate chip cookie recipe with you if I haven’t – it’s freaky, but they are just as good as nestle!

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    • Hali
      December 14, 2012

      I would love your vegan chocolate chip recipe. I didn’t attempt a vegan cookie for these since I’m giving them away. I did try some gluten free baking recently. I’ll have to try again and blog about it. :)

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  2. Laura
    December 14, 2012

    For tomatoes, you could always try growing some indoors. Keith and I did that a few winters ago, we had a closet in the spare bedroom that wasn’t being used….we hung up lots of lights inside it and grew tomatoes in pots. They weren’t the biggest/best ever tomatoes, but they were fresh and local. Although not sure if the electricity we used on the lights negated the local-ness from a carbon footprint standpoint. It was still a fun experiment.

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    • Hali
      December 26, 2012

      That sounds like a fun experiment, Laura. And we have definitely talked about trying it out. Our tomatoes kind of failed this summer but I think we just planted them too late and then didn’t feed them enough. Our winter greens are doing much better!

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  3. Beth
    December 15, 2012

    I admire how hard you work to support local farmers. Admittedly, I am a lazy person when it comes to this issue and yet I think I need to start building in a network of local producers to help me with this.

    What I do think is that the more people are in poverty, the more they use big box stores to stretch their dollars. One trip, a little bit of gas compared to running here and there to get what they want, especially when you are working two jobs. I think it would be really cool to have a local place where people can buy like a farmer’s market. That’s a tough one here in MN where the farmer’s markets really haven’t caught on like they have in CA and Washington. The weather, I suppose has something to do with it. Fascinating the way your posts always have me thinking so much.

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    • Hali
      December 26, 2012

      I’m glad my posts make you think! I believe our food system is an issue worth consideration. The cost and the running around can be a hindrance. But the catch 22 is that the more we demand it and support it the more people will find ways to make it more convenient and less expensive. My CSA basket ends up being approximately $20/week for enough veggies to easily feed two people all week. I think that’s a good deal for fresh, local, and organic vegetables. However, it does mean eating what you get and driving to a pickup location. My pickup location is right near the two grocery stores. So, if I need something else, it’s not far. I think it can be done but it might take a little more planning, innovation, and time.

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      • Beth
        December 26, 2012

        Just so you know, Hali…there are now several local producers who sell shares to the residents here. With each share, these growers bring a bushel of fresh veggies to the town each week for the subscribers. It’s a great way to support local growers, eat local, and try new vegetables. However, not all of us are able to fork out the required sum at the beginning of summer to participate. Just so you know, eating locally is often a luxury, but I’m glad it’s a subject you write about! Keep it up!

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        • Hali
          December 26, 2012

          It is a luxury. CSAs do require an upfront investment and that can be a barrier for many. Some CSAs offer a sliding scale to make them more affordable. Others offer a work exchange deal (this can raise its own issues if the person doesn’t have the time to work on the farm in exchange for food). While I wish healthy food was a right and not a luxury, I recognize that is not the case. But I am often heartened by the strides being made in this area and by the fact that people are thinking about it and recognizing it as an issue. I hope to see access and affordability improve. Perhaps affordability and access should be their own posts… see now you are making me think! :)

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          • Beth
            December 26, 2012

            Oh, and Hali, I do want to add the heartening thing that here in MN, land of wheat, corn, and soybeans, local farmers have begun to raise more of other kinds of foods for local markets. I can’t tell you the number of people who are sitting on the side of the road with wagons of pumpkins, squash, etc. Why on earth we can’t get farmer’s markets started here is simply beyond my comprehension. I think it comes from not enough locals traveling to places where these kinds of markets are available. The few farmer’s markets they have here are pitiful. Anwyay, good post and lots to think about!

  4. Eat the Leaves » Chocolate Chip Cookies (Part 2)
    December 26, 2012

    […] season always means excessive amounts of baking delicious goodies. This year I made traditional chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, and triple chocolate chip cookies. The last two are my favorites. […]

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  5. Chelsea
    January 4, 2013

    … And I LOOOOVED my good old fashioned chocolate chip cookies!!!!!!

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