spectating participant

December 12, 2005

sweet, so, sweet

Filed under: dining, cooking, family, life — suzanne henderson @ 4:01 pm

The island in the kitchen was buried under ingredients, utensils, and rows and rows of cookies on Sunday. Iwas time for some holiday baking and it was a lot of fun and very productive. Collectively we made 3 batches of spice nuts, two batches of no bake cookie (chris’ recipe calls them raggedy robins.. odd), 8 dozen peanut butter blossom, 1 batch of sugar cookie dough, 1 batch of gingerbread dough, and 8 dozen chocolate truffle cookies. It was quite an adventure.

Chris spent most the tie working on the sugar cookie dough which was being far more stubborn than I would have tolerated. We did get a few cookies cut out, but I think we’ll have to give it another try later. We bought a million cookie cutters and I want to get some use out of them; but honestly, I just want to decorate the cookies–I don’t even like eating sugar cookies. The peanut butter blossoms are my favorite, but bagged up over 2/3 of them to help fill stockings for the staff members at Alex’s school. The spice nuts were very easy and so I just made two more batches to have a simple thing to bag up for the stockings. Kay, a new balt-wash member, came over and made her chocolate truffle cookies which were quite chocolatey.

By the end of the day, after a few too many tastes of everything, I was dying for something real for dinner. Megan and Chris were suggesting pizza but that sounded far too sweet to me. We ended up getting steaks at a local place that just opened last month. I felt bad about heading out to eat, but Chris pointed out that we’d both been slaving away in the kitchen all day and it was perfectly reasonable. The food was great, as always, but the atmosphere made it to where I’ll never go back again.

I’ve been spoiled with Montgomery County not allowing smoking in restaurants. When we arrived, we requested a seat as far away from smoking as possible and didn’t get one. Then before the appetizer showed up, my lungs were starting to hurt from the drifting smoke. We asked the waiter if we could move (luckily it wasn’t busy) and got a little further away. In fact, we got through the majority of the meal before the smoke managed to creep over to the new location. I like the food and alex loves the place, but I am not going to eat somewhere that allows smoking, especially not a place that doesn’t even divide the two areas, sigh. It was still nice to be eating something that wasn’t sweet and that I didn’t have to clean up after.