Friday, February 27, 2009

Getting high on Vanilla Extract


I have a weakness that I believe few have as severely as I do, and that is an addiction to homemade chocolate chip cookies. The smallest attempt at coercion will work on me especially if chocolate chip cookies are needed by anyone. "Anyone" can be the guy in China who's had a bad day and, because my attuned-ness is so strong, I would feel, through long-distantceESP, that he has a need. Unfortunately, "the need" never sends a mailing address.

China map

This afternoon, I used "the need" for this Nestle ambrosia as a tool for stopping a fight. One of the three volatile elements had to be removed from a possible nuclear explosion, so I took Uranium (Reed) upstairs and had him help me make C.C.C.s. By the way, it is Friday and on Friday's rules are meant to be broken (the rule that every woman fights throughout the week: Thou shalt not eat anything yummy, chocolaty, or of a fattening nature...until the day lipo suction is free or covered by everyone's insurance").

chocolate chip cookies

I rarely let the volatile elements into the baking/cooking area but I thought this might be a good tutorial. Everyone needs to know the basics like how to boil water, how to turn on the burning-food-recovery-fan, or how to make C.C.C.s. Reed pulled up a chair so he was almost as tall as me standing by the big bowl. We successfully put in the first 3 ingredients and mixed (I love Kitchen Aides). Then I brought out the eggs and vanilla. I don't think Reed knows this, but it's the vanilla that brings the hungry sailors to their death when the Sirens start singing. It's not the song really, the gals are all just holding a bottle of pure vanilla, blowing it the sailor's way as they sing over the opening. Thus, the thing that drives all to crave cookie dough is the smell of vanilla (well, it might also be the ozone smell from the mixer as it overheats, but I'd put my money on the vanilla).


These particular Sirens were drinking the vanilla just before their concert, and it looks like they are a little tipsy too, overdoing it for Ulysses I suppose. 35% alcohol can have quite an effect on singing female island dwellers.

I let Reed hold the teaspoon as I filled it with vanilla. As he poured it in the bowl I watched him inhale. I asked "do you like how the vanilla smells?" Reed answered with a dazed smile, "yeeesss." He set it down on the counter while we put the rest of the ingredients in. As I was putting the lid back on the flour container, Reed looked down at the now empty vanilla spoon and asked if he could smell it again. I laughed and said yes, but I guiltily felt like I was feeding a drug habit. He stood there for a minute or so taking more taking heady whiffs of the wonderful vanilla bean's extract.


Jordan and Elaine's Family said...

That 's funny you posted that, because just today Miles and I made chocolate chip cookies together, and I had him smell the vanilla. Although, he said it smelled yucky. Crazy child.

Mommy Of 2 said...

That is so funny! I guess if you're going to have an addiction, Vanilla is the way to go! Oh homade Choco cookies sound good right now!

Melissa said...

I am hungry!

mommymuse said...

Now I'm craving chocolate chip cookies!

Brenny said...

I am SO going to use the 'some guy in China needs cookies, but unfortunately I don't know his address' the next time I have a compulsion to make cookies. That is awesome.

I didn't know vanilla had such power; however, I normally use imitation vanilla. I'm sure the real stuff from Mexico packs the real punch.

Welch Mom said...

What is even better than making your own cookies is having your mom make them. My mom made some for me the other day and I have ate 95% of them. I even ate some for breakfast today!

Natalie said...

We have the same disease! I too will use any remotely-related excuse to make CCCs. AND....I love the smell of vanilla. In fact, I think I may have to make some now. Thanks a lot! :)

leigh said...

Great story. Your kids crack us up.

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