Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cookie recipe I want to try...

Just storing this here until I'm ready to try making them. Blatantly stolen from David Lebovitz

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

About 36 cookies

1 cup flour (spoon flour into dry-measure cup and level off)
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1 large egg
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 cup dark raisins (or dried cranberries)

2 baking sheets lined with parchment paper, foil, or silicone mats

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and set the rack on the lower and upper thirds of the oven.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Mix in the brown sugar, then the egg, applesauce, and vanilla.

4. Stir in the dry ingredients, then the oats and raisins.

5. Drop the batter by rounded teaspoons 2-inches apart on the baking sheets and use a fork to gently flatten the dough.

6. Bake the cookies for 10 to 12 minutes, or until they "look dull on the surface but are moist and soft", according to Nick. Rotate baking sheets during baking for even heating.

(I made mine bigger, so whatever size you make them, just bake them until they look as directed by Nick.)

Storage: Once cool, store the cookies in an airtight container at room temperature.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Yeah, yeah, I work at Microsoft

I'm totally not the "Woo woo! Microsoft!" cheerleader type, despite working there. MS does some stuff well, and screws up a lot. Despite that, it was pretty cool to see this tweet roll across my desktop this morning:
Googled "Father's Day." Got a page of results. None said when it was. Gave BING a try. First thing it said was "14 days remaining."

Monday, April 20, 2009

Now I must put my life on hold...

Got my Hugo voter's package over the weekend, and started porting everything I could onto the Kindle. If I'm going to get all this stuff read by August, it's going to be a long haul, but if EXHALATION is any example, it's at least going to be entertaining.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Michael J. Nelson is not going to die

Two of my favorite SF authors now, John Scalzi, and Charles Stross have posted about Michael J. Nelson's decision to eat only bacon for a month. What saddens me is that both have taken the rather uninformed knee-jerk stand that what Nelson is doing is potentially lethal. Fortunately a few replies on their blogs have pointed out that such a diet, while perhaps being a bit monotonous, is unlikely to do much harm, and Nelson will most assuredly not going to gain weight or collapse of clogged arteries.

I guess what bothers me most is that I would have expected successful science fiction authors to be more open-minded and insightful, and taken a little time to consider the potential that the current popular viewpoint, carefully shaped over the years by farming lobbies, might be wrong.