Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies!

Quaker Oats Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Big courtesy to my loyal friend and avid FCG reader, Sally C!

Quaker Oats Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Quaker Oats Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

How amazing is it that Sally can whip up a batch of cookies at 11:30 at night?  I wish she lived in my house and baked for me all the time since I’m always looking to eat sweets!   We had this energetic conversation via text about cookies early this evening and Sally wanted to make Oatmeal Raisin cookies!  She was very hesitant in making them because she dreaded doing the dishes, but oh no, I had to motivate miss young thing to actually make it.  I promised that if she makes it, I will feature it on my website!  Not like I wasn’t going to, but it was just the extra cherry on the top for her to actually make it.  As I am writing this, Miss Sally is cleaning up the dishes now.  How I am so proud of her.  Now, if only I can get access to these cookies!  For more pictures and for the recipe, please click on the following link!

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Impulsive Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

July 26, 2009 · Posted in Baked Goods, Cheap Eats, Cookies, Pastries, Quick Eats, Recipes, Snacks · 3 Comments 

Ask me about how my gym progress is going and I will show you what I have made and eaten.

Improv Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Improv Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookies

Ok, here’s the story on why I made these cookies.  For about nearly a month, I have not baked anything.  As you may know, the last time I baked was on July 4th, when I made the ultimate patriotic cake.  This day I was drained from work and did not feel like going to the gym.  My brother wanted cookies and I wanted to bake, since baking to me is a very therapeutic and relaxing.   The only thing I had in the house for cookies were butterscotch chips and oatmeal.  I figure, why not combine the both and try making something out of it.

I decided to look up for a recipe for oatmeal and butterscotch cookies and ‘lo and behold I have found my recipe on allrecipes.com.

My only problem with this recipe is that it yields 40 cookies.  Now I’m trying to tone up and look thin.  If I made all those cookies, I can rest assure that I will eat all of it.  So I decided to half the recipe as much as I can without screwing up the mechanics of the recipe.  So to yield 20 cookies, this is what I changed:

- 1 stick of butter
- 2/3 brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/4 all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon koshered salt
- 1 cups of quaker oats
- 1 teaspoon of karo corn syrup
- 3/4 cups butterscotch chips.  Next time I will use 1/4 cup instead because it was way too sweet.

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Prepare baking pan by covering it with a baking sheet/parchment paper.  Do not grease it!
3. In a bowl, mix the butter and brown sugar.  When thoroughly combined, add in the egg and karo corn syrup.
4. In another bowl, mix sifted flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Take this mixture and slowly combine it with the butter mixture until well blended.  Afterward, combine oats and butterscotch chips!
5. Bake for 10 minutes or until the edges turn brown.

The reason why I did not use white sugar was because I personally think it makes the cookie hard which I hate.  Brown sugar makes everything soft which is why I used all of that instead.  Personally, I loved the cookies even with all the butterscotch.  But according to my brother and my friend Rose who happened to be there, thought that the butterscotch was overwhelming.  I guess I needed that sweetness in my mouth because I was in a bitter mood and I was already in withdrawal from not having sweets.  But I guarantee you, if you use 1/4 cups of butterscotch chips instead, you’ll have a well balanced and tasty cookie!

Enjoy!

<3 FCG

Choopan Kabab House in Flushing, NY

July 26, 2009 · Posted in Afghan, Cheap Eats, Halal Food, Quick Eats · 1 Comment 

Choopan Kabab House
43-27  Main Street
Flushing, NY
718-539-3180

Take out: Yes
Delivery: Yes
Credit Card Accepted: Yes

Opened until 11PM on Saturdays

Flushing is an ethnically diverse neighborhood with many different restaurants to choose from.  I have always thought that Flushing is predominately home to East Asians, in particularly Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.   But that is only one part of one the neighborhood.  The other side is home to a lot of South Asians like the Pakistanis, Indians, Bangladeshis, and Aghanis.   I am sure when you are driving into Flushing, you’ll notice a lot of South Asian stores.  I have never really been to the stores there nor have eaten in the restaurants because I’m not familiar with their culture.  I have eaten at Indian restaurants, and that’s probably it for South Asian cuisine, but slowly and very surely with the help and encouragement from my friend, I will get more exposure to that cuisine!

My friend introduced me to this Afghani restaurant called Choopan Kabab House.  Like many South Asian restaurants that I have personally encountered, like Ali Baba (Turkish Cuisine) by the Horace Harding Expressway in Flushing, there are neon lights flashing right outside the restaurant! I guess that’s a good way of attracting customers, but in a very old and tacky kind of way which is cute in my opinion.   Moving forward, I believe the only time I’ve had Afghani food is really the chicken and rice platter by the vendor on 53rd and 6th avenue in Manhattan. Scratch that.  I have been informed that the chicken and rice halal cart on 53rd and 6th is Arabic!  I really need to eat Afghani and Arabic food one after the other so I can distinguish the two cuisines!

Now, unfortunately I did not take a photo of the outside of the restaurant because it was raining really hard.  But rest assure that I do have photos for your enjoyment, so make the jump to the next page to see!

Interior of Choopan Kabab House in Flushing, NY

Interior of Choopan Kabab House in Flushing, NY

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Starbucks Bomber Inspired by Fightclub

July 16, 2009 · Posted in Uncategorized · 1 Comment 

Who hasn’t seen “Fight Club”? The movie has spawned countless fight clubs since it came out and earlier this year, it inspired a teenager to bomb a Starbucks on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In case you’ve been living in a cave and missed the movie, the protagonist played by Brad Pitt hatched a plan to destroy corporations by blowing up their buildings.

Anyway, this inspired Kyle Shaw, 17, obssessed with the movie, to start his own fight club and actually create a home made bomb. He then placed it outside a Starbucks which blew up and destroyed the window and inflicted little damage since it was at 3:30 am.

Police arrested Mr. Shaw after people tipped off to the police that he was the bomber. Mr. Shaw told people he knew, about his fight club and about the bombing.

  • The first rule of Fight Club is, you do not talk about Fight Club.
  • The second rule of Fight Club is, you DO NOT talk about Fight Club.

He should have obeyed the rules of Fight Club… but its better that he was not so bright.

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July 4th Flag Cake – Ina Garten’s Recipe

July 5, 2009 · Posted in Baked Goods, Cheap Eats, Dessert, Pastries, Recipes · 4 Comments 

Every July 4th, I usually follow the tradition of going to a friend’s or relative’s bbq for the weekend.  Quite honestly, I have never been a fan of bbq, but I enjoy socializing and mingling with others.  With these bbqs, the only part that I play is either clean up or maintanence which I’m not a fan of.    So this year, I swear to myself that I will make dessert.   And the only time I will clean up is after myself when I’m making the dessert.  Now I’m not being lazy or selfish, but there are many others who could help and I refuse to do it since I’m going to contribute a huge cake!

Now understand that I’m not much of a baker.  I think only recently that I’ve taken this interest.  There are a lot of things that I’ve only done for my first time, like this cake that I will show you, for instance.  My source of inspiration for a cake for the fourth of July is the Food Network website.  FN is the only channel, next to Fit TV, which I really watch.  And the website had a special section for July 4th recipes and one of them was Ina Garten’s Flag Cake recipe!

Ina Garten's Flag Cake Recipe

Ina Garten's Flag Cake Recipe

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