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Snickerdoodles to The Rescue

I was indeed a crafty bitch this holiday season. I went ahead and froze extra cookie dough so I wasn’t slaving making batch after batch after batch of cookies day in day out while they were all being snagged up. Oh no, not me. I froze a bunch of cookie dough.

Including snickerdoodle cookie dough.

Which I proceeded to then completely forget about until now.

Nevertheless, I found it and took it out to thaw and bake. I love having frozen cookie dough at my disposal. It’s great when I’m running low on lunch snacks, like now. Cookies don’t freeze well. Cookie DOUGH on the other hand freezes awesome.

And just for the record, no, freezing is NOT my favorite method of food storage. It’s too sensitive. If the power goes out, or god forbid worse, basically you are screwed. But for non essentials-like cookie dough-it’s GREAT!

The best thing about it is that it’ll thaw out in no time and you can have it out and baked by the time the kids get home, dinner is done, or whatever. And don’t forget to snag half for lunches! That’s becoming increasingly important in my home. I find that if I snag half of them, they aren’t really “missed” nor are they really “searched for” ergo I then have a couple days worth of lunch snacks to throw in there with no effort.

My snickerdoodle recipes calls for them to be rolled in cinnamon and sugar right before baking, which I assume most of them do. So it’s super easy.

Grab the cookie dough out of the freezer. I wrap mine in rolls, in wax paper then in foil.

Once it’s nice and thawed out, roll them into balls.

Don’t forget to test some cookie dough. God wants you to. If you are not diabetic and have perfectly working beta cells, then have two. God said so.

Then roll in cinnamon and sugar. Again, a taste test is a must here. You want to make sure you are giving a high quality product!

Set them out on greased cookie sheets and bake.

And viola! You’ll have cookies, damnit!

There will be no discernable difference between this dough and dough that I made fresh, and it keeps forever. Try it next time you make your favorite cookies. Make a double batch and stick one in the freezer. Then let them think you went through all the trouble of making super special cookies just for them on a whim! Thaw, pop em in, bake em, serve them and demand worship!

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Snickerdoodles

1 cup shortening

1 1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 3/4 cup sifted flour

2 tsp cream of tartar

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

3 TB sugar

2 t cinnamon

Cream shortening and 1 1/2 cup sugar. Add eggs and beat.

Sift together flour, cream of tartar, soda and salt. Stir into the first mixture.

Roll into balls. Roll balls in mixture of 3 T sugar and 2t of cinnamon. Bake 400 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Dough can be frozen before rolling in cinnamon and sugar mixture.

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Broccoli Be Damned

I love broccoli. I really do. Just not right now. Last year in my garden I planted broccoli. It was the third or fourth year I’ve done that. And we had SO much of it, it was REALLY good, but it was broccoli everyday for months. What was not eaten right away was frozen, so it lasted through for awhile.

Then the fact that I shop costco for produce during the off season. And all they REALLY have in bulk at the one by me is, you guessed it, broccoli. I’m so freakin’ sick of broccoli you guys, you have no idea. NO idea. I’ve tried to gussy it up. Adding cheese and the whatnot, but man, still, ALL the time. One woman can only handle so much especially when said woman is diabetic and her main parts of the meal and meat and veggies.

So when I saw cauliflower on sale, I jumped at it. Usually cauliflower is pretty expensive during the winter months here, so I was THRILLED. I can make it into soup, salads, toss some butter and bread crumbs with it, some heavy whipping cream and salt and it’s like mashed potatoes that don’t kill your blood sugar. I love it with just plain butter on it too. I love it. But, we will see how long that lasts.

I went ahead and decided to buy a ton of it and freeze it. It saves money and time because I can just yank and pull from the freezer and into the pot it goes. But I can tell you a couple of things:

1. Do not attempt to vacuum seal it. It’s too moist. It won’t seal.

2. Make sure you have good steamer bags.

3. Make sure it’s as dry as you can get it before you freeze it so you don’t end up with freezer burn from the water.

So, this is how you do it:

First, get some water boiling, enough to cover one batch of cauliflower. Add about a tsp or two of salt to this water and get it to a nice strong boil.

Now chop up your cauliflower into florets. They say to do this in 1″ wide pieces, but honestly, I don’t think it matters and I’m lazy so…


Once your water is boiling, go ahead and add enough cauliflower to it so that the water is covering it.

Return that baby to a boil and start a timer for 3 minutes from the point at which it starts a full boil.

Right, like you really needed to see a picture of my microwave timer.

ANYWAY.

After the three minutes, remove them with a slotted spoon or use a colander. I used a slotted spoon AND a colander because I wanted them to drain totally between batches and still save the hot water in the pan.

At this point you want to dunk them in super cold ice water to stop the heating process. I didn’t have ice so I used super cold tap water run over them for a few minutes. Make sure to toss them if you are doing this so it cools all of them.

Now that that’s done, let them drain for a bit. Shake them off and pat them with paper towels and stick them in a freeze bag, flat, and store in the freezer.

Then when you need cauliflower you can just dump it in the old steamer and you are good to go.

I don’t know if anyone else is a cauliflower lover, but I have to tell you, I’m THRILLED about it. Mostly cause it’s NOT broccoli.