Honore Baking

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Comfort Baking

I'm not gonna lie -- it has been a difficult couple of months.  Not because of business or health or anything like that.  It's been hard because I've had to say good bye to some friends, both two legged and four legged, who have relocated to other parts of the country to take advantage of new employment opportunities.  One friend moved to Kentucky in February, the other hit the road for Texas this week.  Sigh.  I've been brave and upbeat and cheery for them but the truth is I am very sad and I miss them terribly.

When I am low, I want to bake something comforting, something which reminds me of a happy time.  For me that usually means something from childhood.  Something like ... chocolate chip cookies.  And not any of the modern day twists on the chocolate chip cookie.  Mind you, I'm not knocking the updated versions of this cookie; they are truly wonderful.  But when I am baking to ease the pain of missing a friend, I need a chocolate chip cookie made from the Original Toll House Cookie recipe on the bag of Nestle semi-sweet chocolate morsels.  The recipe that we all grew up with.  Nothing fancy.  Nothing avant garde.  Just simple, basic ingredients that we always have on hand - butter, flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, vanilla, salt, baking soda, eggs, chocolate chips and nuts (except I won't put nuts in this batch because I have a friend who has a nut allergy) - using simple, basic techniques - measure, mix, scoop and bake.  Done.  Nearly instant gratification.

When was the last time that you baked a batch of original Toll House cookies?  I am baking a batch to take to the dog park this week.  There's just something about a chocolate chip cookie which helps to drive away the blues and makes it easier to accept a new normal. 

What do you bake when you need some comfort?  A cookie?  Maybe a treasured family heirloom cake recipe?  Let me know.  I'd love to hear your stories.

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