My Black Apron in Ku-Ki-Do
Cookies are my thing. So, blogging must start with Ku-Ki-Do.
First a little background…
The road to cookie mastery began last time we lived at West Point where I spent three years baking a batch every Tuesday afternoon for “our cadets”. That kind of
repetition inspires either boredom or experimentation. I opted for the later. New strategies were initially born of poor planning and an aversion to last-minute grocery runs with toddlers who approached the aisles of the commissary like a pack of baby goats. Eventually though, a few seriously sumptuous batches emerged from my cantankerous oven and the process of fine-tuning became a healthy obsession that continues to this day.
The first objective was to master “The Chocolate Chip” and after about twenty tweaking sessions with different combinations of equipment and ingredients I got to the point where I could consistently turn out blue-chip specimens. From there, I
began the process with other varieties, all of which are my very favorite on whichever day I happen to bake them. And, on rainy afternoons with aging dried cranberries or other equally odd ingredients staring me down, I still like to audition new ideas for the lineup.
I share my recipes without keeping any secrets. I REALLY do, but I am often
accused of holding something back. Crazy! I would never sabotage the process of cookie creation! Honestly, I’m not sure exactly what I do differently from others who bake from the same recipes, but I have come to the conclusion that method and ingredients are critical to results. Not everything is easy to put on a recipe card but I believe anyone can turn out great cookies. You too can award yourself a legendary black apron in this newly established order!
Thus, the blog begins. Stay tuned for philosophy, pictures, methodology,
and of course the recipes.