With that said, and speaking for my mom as well, I also enjoy solo time when cooking or baking. I encourage Avery to help, but sometimes I need time in the kitchen without distractions. I like to get in the zone and have time to think about what I'm doing next and allow my creative side to shine in my food. This afternoon was one of those times I needed to just simply cook. I hate to push her out of the kitchen when she wants so desperately to help; my plan of action....... I told her that she was in charge of dessert. I left her to use whatever mini pans and spoons she liked, and shape, dollop, or smear any which way she pleased.
This chocolate chip cookie recipe is one of my most favorite, and made by a wonderful friend who can cook and bake like nobodies business. Also with no raw eggs it's most definitely eatable, edible cookie dough. You can find it here: http://www.peasandthankyou.com/(Just go to recipes and click on cookies and bars)
It's a thumbs up kind a cookie.
Speaking of not feeling guilty or hesitant, I'm not distracted, so free to make dinner.
|Baked potato soup|
Guilt free baked potato soup:
5 large baking potatoes, baked(scrub potatoes, put in 400* oven, bake for 30 minutes until tender)
3 Tb olive oil
1 medium onion chopped
1 carrot chopped
2 celery ribs chopped
2 sprigs of thyme chopped
1/4 cup fresh parsley chopped
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 qt non fat half-and-half
3 cups skim milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
shredded cheddar cheese
8 slices turkey bacon cooked and crumbled( I put mine in the microwave)
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn, thawed(optional)
chives or green onion to garnish
Peel cooked potatoes and dice in bite size pieces.
Heat olive oil in stock pot on medium heat; add onion, carrots, celery and saute until tender. Add herbs, and flour; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in potatoes, half-and-half, and next 3 ingredients; cook over low heat until thoroughly heated and slightly thickened. Top with cheese, turkey bacon, and whatever else tickles your fancy.
It's a thumbs up kind a soup.
I think we all seemed to be pretty happy with my time in the kitchen, and it even added extra sweetness in our evening.