snowmageddon 2008

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We are having a major “weather event” here in the Pacific NW, which has been pretty exciting (it’s probably nothing compared to what the rest of the nation usually experiences, but we Oregonians are an enthusiastic bunch). Right now it is kind of blizzarding outside, so Peter decided it’d be a good time to go take a walk in the park. Well, Deedle and I are inside trying to stay warm. I am okay with this weather as long as the power doesn’t go out.
Anyway, what’s a gal to do in these conditions but bake and eat a lot of cookies? I made these World Peace Cookies for a cookie exchange, and I have to say, these cookies are keepers. It’s basically a buttery, shortbready kind of cookie, with chunks of chocolate and an amazing hit of fleur de sel. I made a double batch, and it was enough for about 7 people to take home good handfuls.
Here’s a tip for close-in Portlanders: at the cookie exchange we had soup from Soup Cycle, a nice little outfit that makes and delivers organic soup by bicycle. We had potato leek and a peanut chicken stew. Super delicious! Their delivery range isn’t too huge (the delivery area is known as Souplandistan, which I think is really funny), but give them a try if you can!
Okay, off to eat more cookies …

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11 Responses to snowmageddon 2008

  1. sue says:

    are we goning to get a report on the cookie exchange?
    We want pictures and recipes!

  2. sue says:

    Goning–that’s a cross between gonna and going.

  3. Lydia says:

    “Enthusiastic” is probably the best way to put how Western Washingtonians handle this storm, too—I like that; good job putting a spin on it.
    Portland has all the creative people, I swear: Soup Cycle. What a great idea!!!
    I might just have to make those cookies, because I’m suffering from cabin fever since I live in the suburbs and haven’t been out of my small neighborhood since Wednesday. I need me some chocolate.

  4. Abby says:

    Souplandistan – that’s awesome! Yeah, Portland is pretty cool like that.

  5. gaile says:

    I was laughing at Snowpocalypse, until we tried to get from the Beaverton transit center to hillsdale on the bus today, after taking the train back from downtown shopping. holy moly the roads are totally snowed over. I really think salt would make this whole thing a lot less of a disaster. in the meantime we’re holed up like a pair of locals! :)

  6. Emma says:

    Wow snow sounds so exciting to me – never even seen any of it!
    Also those cookies look very yummy ;)

  7. Kay says:

    Souplandistan is just KILLING ME.
    Also wondering what a hit of fleur de sel would taste like. Might have to find out.
    Love,
    Displaced Souplandistani in NYC

  8. charley says:

    OMG! Mariko san, I just discovered your website from angry chicken. Tottemo suteki na site desu ne? korekara mo ouen shimasu!

  9. Warm Bunny says:

    Hey M, I just made a double batch of the dough. I’m going to let it sit a few days like when you posed the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe. You know, the salt reaction thing.

  10. Seanna Lea says:

    Those cookies look fabulous! I picked up a package of uber dark chocolate chips (I love my local chocolatier), and was planning on making the NYTimes cookies but these might have to go on the list too!

  11. Alma says:

    Are those cookies from Smitten Kitchen? I was going to try the recipe but then they sounded too, uh, chocolatey for me. So I made the Linzer shortbread bar cookies instead. What kind of crazy woman makes a cookie at Christmas that calls for freezing the dough and grating it??? One broken glass pan, new food processor later… the pan of cookies is cooling right now, so I haven’t tasted one to see if it’s worth all the bother.
    I met a woman who moved to DC recently from Portland. She’s in mourning and after reading your posts, I can understand why. DC is nowhere as charming as your city…

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