Did you know today is National Homemade Cookie day?
There is just something simple about a cookie that is so satisfying and nostalgic. Simple ingredients combined and baked to perfection can be served after a meal with a cup of coffee, or wrapped up in cellophane and tucked inside a backpack. Chocolate Chip, Lemon Shortbread, Oatmeal Craisin, Peanut Butter and Gingersnaps are among our family favorites. Nothing smells better than walking up to a house where a cookie sheet has just been pulled out of the oven. Gallons of cold milk have been consumed with warm cookies at our house over the years.
Even more satisfying than a homebaked cookie, is spending time with each other in the kitchen. It is a time to connect and savor each moment.
Julie Childs mentioned her fear of women viewing kitchen work as dull and a chore, often discarding culinary endeavors for convenience. She knew there was more to homemaking than following recipes that often included butter and eggs ~ although anything that starts with butter is bound to be fantastic! It was about creating a home where people were nurtured and nourished by the work of your hands.
She spent years working on Mastering The Art Of French Cooking , hoping to encourage American women to create something amazing for and with those they love. Ironically, Julia and her husband were never able to have children. I am sure if she had little ones to help crack eggs, stir in flour, and add sprinkles, she would have loved it.
She might have even used a cookie stamp to make the process more fun.
How do you connect with your family?
From my kitchen to yours,
Bon Apetite and let the Cookie STAMPede begin!