August 27, 2009

Whole Wheat Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

In anticipation for a game night tomorrow night with friends, I decided to bake a goodie to bring along. After some debate (and baking a batch of madelienes for my sweetie, who doesn't game and so won't be joining us), I decide to concoct something quasi-healthy but still a treat. I created these cookies. They're loosely based on any number of peanut butter cookie recipes you'll find out there, but with whole wheat flour and oats. And they're made with the best darn mass-market peanut butter out there:

Costco Organic Peanut Butter!
The remaining ingredients:
1/2 cup butter, softened (I always use unsalted...)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 egg
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp guar gum (I'll probably omit next time)
1 tsp baking powder
dash salt
1/2 cup rolled oats
  1. Preheat oven to 350oF.
  2. Cream together butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Add egg and beat. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, combine. Gently fold in oats.
  3. Drop by spoonful onto parchment-lined cookie sheets. Flatten with tines of a fork (wet the fork if the dough sticks, which it probably will). Bake for 14-16 minutes (in my oven, they took 14 minutes...)

This made a dozen big cookies (the only way to make peanut butter cookies, IMHO). So why the guar gum? Since I was taking a cookie style that's soft to begin with, and using whole wheat flour instead of white flour (less gluten), AND then adding oats to the mix, I was afraid they'd fall apart a bit easily, so I added the gum to help stabilize them (another egg might have worked too, but that would have added more moisture). The end result probably didn't need it, but it's an ingredient I have on hand from my gluten-free cooking days...

End result? Yummy, chewey peanut butter cookies with a crisp edge, just how I like them!

August 19, 2009

Shaq Vs.

Ok, I have to confess that we watched part of Shaq Vs. last night. (More precisely, we watched a few minutes out of morbid curiosity, got hooked because of the local Pittsburgh interest, hit "record" on the DVR, then went on to watch an episode of True Blood as originally planned for the evening... After that we skipped through Shaq Vs)

As it turns out, Shaq Vs is actually pretty entertaining dumb TV. The man IS a damn good athlete, after all. The rules are set so that his opponent is handicapped to compensate for Shaq playing outside his normal game, and he keeps it entertaining. The premier was against Ben Roethlisberger in a "quarterback" contest. Next week features volleyball Olympians Misty-May Treanor and Kerri Walsh. I, um, might have to watch that one too, strictly out of the same morbid curiosity as this week, of course...

As for True Blood, that series is great, but I'll have to post about that some other time...

August 14, 2009

He's dead, Jim!

My XBox 360 died. Yup, the infamous miserable red ring of death. Now, I still had an original first-run system, the ones with the relatively high failure rate (of my circle of friends who got systems of that era, I was the last one who hadn't had to replace it). That's impressive in that it lasted a good long time, but it sucks in that now it's well out of warranty.

Sigh. There are definitely more important things to worry about, and I have other games I can play to occupy my time, but of course it's the 360 that I liked the best and had the most invested in, in terms of game library and peripherals. It'll have to be replaced at some point. Hmph...

August 11, 2009

What a load...

Stuff like this is completely unacceptable. Nine hours?!? The best bit was this, though:

Kristy Nicholas, a spokeswoman for ExpressJet Airlines, said passengers couldn't go to the Rochester terminal to wait out the storms because they would have needed to redo their security screening and screeners had gone home.
That's crap, and they know it -- as the airport manager even said, the passengers would have been waiting in the secured area, so screening wasn't the problem. Incompetence was.

I'm just glad I wasn't on that flight, and I feel sorry for the people who were.

August 9, 2009

Another year, another blog

This is at least the 3rd time I've started a blog (and that's not counting the dark ages of hand-edited html pages and, before that, .plan files).

We'll see how long this one lasts...