My computer and I have been in a fight the last few days. It keeps kicking me offline and last week I was going through my Picasa file, trying to organize my photos, and I did something really stupid. I wanted to make more room on my computer so I thought I would delete some food pictures that I have already posted. Apparently when you delete them via Picasa, they are automatically deleted on Blogger too. I really need to read through things before touching anymore buttons on my computer. So I had a mini panic attack and had to spend an entire afternoon trying to stay ahead of the picture eater before all my food photos turned into red 'X's. Some of them made it, some did not and some are only tiny versions of their former selves. Thankfully I managed to Google myself (not as silly as it sounds...try it) and I found a few pictures of my recipes. *Phew* I am sorry if some of my link within pages no longer exist. I think I manged to salvage most of my favourites, But it was quite the ordeal. At least I was able to see how much better my food photography skills have become! I still have a long way to go but there were a few old photographs which made me cringe. There may have been a flash involved.
Welcome to November! These next 2 months are a food lovers favourite time of year. Despite the fact that I am one of those constantly cold people, I still like to get into the spirit of the holidays and warm up with rich, spicy, sweet, savory, foods! And please don't tell anyone this but I admit to kind of enjoying the falling temperature...a little bit. It would be difficult for me to spend the holidays in a warm climate. I cannot believe I just said that. It must be the coffee talking. This month the Tuesdays with Dorie Bakers are allowed to bake the recipes in any order we choose! So don't be surprised if you see some random posts from your favourite TWD members.
Onto these cookies! These helped me through my computer trauma. Has anyone seen the original movie 'The Neverending Story'? It felt as though The Nothing was sweeping through my blog and I was trying to outrun it and save the my little world. After the dust and memory chips had settled, these cookies were a well earned reward. They had been waiting patiently in a cookie tin, completely forgotten until I emerged from the computer 5 long, long hours later.
I always liked the tiny gingersnap cookies you can buy in a box. But after eating these cookies, I don't think I can go back to the store bought version. Even though these are made with molasses, you still taste the cinnamon, all spice, ginger, and a hint of black pepper! Just enough spice to warm the back of your throat and make your stomach purr with happiness. Ginger in it's pure form is supposed to be good for you, when it is added to cookies and desserts, it is good for your mental well being. There is something truly comforting about these cookies with their soft, almost bendable centers and crisp edges. So if you are having a bad day, week, or month, bake this simple recipe, get comfortable under a fluffy blanket, have some hot tea and watch the beautiful, sometimes dark changing of the seasons. Or your favourite movies. :)
You can find the recipe in Dorie's book, Baking: From My Home to Yours, or on Pamela's blog Cookies with Boys. Please note that the recipe may not be posted until mid-November. Pamela's blog is gorgeous so have a look around at some of her other recipes. And be sure to check out the other TWD bakers.