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Sunday, September 26, 2010

It's Raining, It's Pouring...but I'm in my kitchen Cooking!

I got up and ready to go to the South Padre Farmer's Market ... picked up my purse, looked out the window and IT WAS POURING DOWN RAIN...Arrrggghhhh....<big sigh> I put the purse back down and did some laundry.  I wrote a blog post, felt hungry and thought I would go get some lunch....then read a Facebook post indicating that Padre Blvd was possibly flooded again.  So, maybe not :-(  We've had so much darn rain that there's no place for it to go!

So, when it rains, I always want to cook.  I had put out some ground beef for spaghetti and meat sauce for dinner tonight.  But, that didn't sound I called the teen in and we made meatballs together.  I was making small ones, and he demanded BIG we dumped them back in the bowl and started rolling again.  I think they will be great for dinner tonight!  I didn't really have a recipe, because the one I used to have was my ex-husband's family recipe and he grabbed it on his way out the door.  No problem - I figure I can make a meatball - I do know the basics!  I'll be serving them in a jarred sauce - but frankly, I love Bertolli sauces so, that's good enough for me.  The meatballs are waiting in the fridge for dinner time.

I've had the Cooking Channel going in the background - and that seems to make me want to cook.  Nigella Lawson is making desserts - so, me too!   :-)

I've laid out all the ingredients for Toll House cookies...just waiting for the butter to soften.  I had wanted to make Forgotten Cookies (a chocolate chip meringue cookie) but the returning rain has spoiled my chance for that option.  They just don't do well with this level of humidity.  I've made that recipe since the early 1970's, when my mom's friend gave it to me.  It is still on the recipe cards I wrote in my childish high school script.  I'll share it below - if you aren't here in the humidity with me, they are a great, easy cookie to make.  They store very well in a tightly sealed container.

Meanwhile, I think my butter is softened - I wonder if the teen has finished his homework?  Maybe he wants to make cookies with his Mom.  Not much else he wants to do in my company these days. <big sigh again>  Oh well, that's okay, I'll take whatever quality time I can get!


2 Egg Whites (room temperature)
Pinch of fine salt
3/4 cup fine sugar
6 oz pkg chocolate chips
3/4 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat egg whites and salt until foamy.
Slowly add sugar and beat until stiff.
Stir in chocolate chips and pecans (if desired).
Drop on ungreased cookie sheet by
Place cookies in oven.  Turn off oven.
Leave overnight (hence, forgotten cookies)




  1. I made the Forgotten Cookies after all - I just craved them. Now I'm regretting the sugar rush...but they turned out beautifully!

  2. I forgot to mention that I usually add 1/2 tsp of vanilla to this recipe. I think the flavor is more rounded with the vanilla. Either way, they are good cookies :-)


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