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A recipe is never just a recipe. There’s usually a story behind it, probably because food plays such an integral role in society, especially with families.
I grew up baking sugar cookies my grandma, cooking green chili with my dad, and fostering a love of experimenting in the kitchen.
Now that I have a daughter, I want to pass on my passion for cooking—or at the very least eating—with her.
And it’s super exciting! My baby girl is at the stage where she gets to start trying what we are eating! That means at Thanksgiving, she can taste mashed potatoes, turkey, and gravy. She’ll probably frown and give us her best gag-face because that’s how she handles new flavors and textures, but still, it will be amazing to witness.
In parting, I thought I would share one specific story and recipe that is important to me called Second Date Cookies.
When I was in high school, my mom gave me the advice to bake cookies for the boy I liked. Now, as an adolescent trying to survive high school, I found this an embarrassing and decidedly uncool endeavor that I would NEVER do. Fast-forward a few years to when I met my husband. I was smitten from our first date. So much so that, lo-and-behold, for our second date, I heeded my mom’s advice.
That’s right, I made cookies for him. Oatmeal with chocolate and butterscotch chips. Of course, I played it off like I just happened to have baked them the night before and thought he might enjoy them (pretty sure he saw right through that; he’s a smart guy). I guess the cookies worked, because we’ve been happily married eight years ❤
What recipes do you make that have stories behind them?
Second Date Cookies, loosely based on the Quaker Oat’s Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (but no raisins because raisins are 1. gross and 2. pretty much the worst form a grape can take):
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 and 1/2 cup flower (note, at altitude you’ll want to add a little extra)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- 3 cups Quaker Oats (I prefer old fashioned)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet morsels)
- 3/4 cup butterscotch chips
Bake in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes (usually a few minutes longer if you’re at altitude) until the tops are golden brown. Share with a loved one and enjoy!