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photoLet it be noted:  I am listening to “Heroin” right now.  Easily my favorite Velvet Underground song.  I can’t pretend I was/am a huge Lou Reed fan, but the man will be missed.

I spent all day cooking, in case it wasn’t perfectly clear from paying attention to my blog or my Facebook feed or my Instagram feed.  I, uh, may have gone slightly overboard in making certain that the public was informed of my actions.  That said, there’s something fun about deciding you’re going to feed a bunch of people– my excuse was that my aunt was in town and I’ve never had the opportunity to cook for her– and so we got everybody together at my brother’s house and I cooked for everybody.  The menu:

  • Baked ziti (Foodspin)
  • Apple crisp (also Foodspin)
  • Oatmeal cookies (MLW cooked these; not sure where the recipe came from)
  • And white chocolate and Candy Corn cookies (from Averie Cooks; they looked exactly like that.)

The family contributed bread and salad, which was basically everything else we needed.  Holy god did I eat good today.  Everything Foodspin does is gold; I will buy the hell out of Albert Burneko’s cookbook as soon as someone gets the bright idea to shove money at him until he writes one, and the apple crisp (which he incorrectly calls an apple crumble, but I’ll forgive him) is a goddamn revelation with vanilla ice cream on it.  Holy crap.

Also:  Take Averie seriously when she says to try to keep candy corn from touching the baking sheet, if you decide to make those cookies (and you should; they’re awesome.)  I may have finally kicked my baking bad luck; other than the occasional chewy patch on the cookies (which is what happens if the candy corn melts on you) everything I made today was awesome.

‘Twas a good day.  Now if I could just get someone to write tomorrow’s lesson plans for me.