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Wednesday, June 15, 2005 

I Love Wednesdays!

Most of the major papers generally have their "food sections" running on Wednesdays. It really is fascinating to see what different parts of the country are eating, enjoying....both food and restaurant trend wise.

In surfing the cuisine pages, I ran across this unusual Peanut Butter Cookies from the Baltimore Sun....with a surprise ingredient....orange juice. Who knew?

Peanut-Butter Crisscrosses

Makes 2 dozen to 3 dozen cookies
2 cups sifted regular flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup orange juice

Measure flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a sifter. In a large bowl, cream shortening and peanut butter with brown and granulated sugars until fluffy; beat in egg. Sift in flour mixture, adding alternately with the orange juice and blending well to make stiff dough.

Chill until firm enough to handle. Roll dough, a teaspoon at a time, into balls; place 3 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Flatten balls crisscross fashion with a fork. Bake at 375 degrees for 12 minutes or until golden. Remove from cookie sheet and cool completely on a wire rack.

Per serving (based on 24 cookies, 1 cookie in serving): 142 calories; 3 grams protein; 7 grams fat; 2 grams saturated fat; 17 grams carbohydrate; 1 gram fiber; 9 milligrams cholesterol; 103 milligrams sodium

Some of the great food sections:

Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, San Diego Union Tribune, Los Angeles Daily News

I'm a fan of the NY Times, the Chronicle and the LA Daily News. Not that I'm biased by papers that a currently or previously subscribed to...
I can often find interesting recipes by searching the archives of local papers all over the country online.

Banyan Productions, (the producers of Trading Spaces, Epicurious, Birth Day, and Ambush Makeover), just released a new video that has a ton of great recipes that you can get to the table in 15 minutes or less. They’ve got some of them running on Comcast’s On Demand service (which is how I found out about it) and have a 2 DVD set that you can buy. Here’s a link to their website with more info www.15andDone.com

I suck at baking. I'm good at grilling, however.

I hope you don't mind, but I tagged you for the Cook Next Door meme. Please do join in.



My Mom used to make these cookies when I was little. I haven't had them in about a million years though! :)

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