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Cook's Illustrated Cookie Recipes

Thanks to you all for your ideas! I'm going to have to experiment with the stone in / out of the oven.

I made another batch of the chocolate chip last night and had better results. I really let the sugar dissolve into the butter and then I refrigerated the dough before (and after) scooping. Also baked 10 degrees higher than the recipe. Still don't know for sure what I did differently the first time!

Thanks again!

May 29, 2009
anneks in Home Cooking

Cook's Illustrated Cookie Recipes

I'm an avid baker and big fan of Cook's Illustrated / America's Test Kitchen. I've tried 4 or 5 of their cookie recipes and they generally turn out pretty well but I've noticed one recurring theme...mine never have the crackly exterior they extol (specifically the Brown Sugar cookies, the Chewy Chocolate cookies, and the Perfect Chocolate Chip cookies.) I live in Orlando and I know the recipes are developed in the NE - anyone think the difference in climate could be to blame? I use a pizza stone in the bottom of my (conventional) oven to even out any hotspots and constantly monitor the oven temperature. I also generally have to add 10 degrees to the recommended temperature to prevent too much spreading. I would really appreciate any thoughts / ideas. Thanks!!

May 26, 2009
anneks in Home Cooking

Whole Foods in Orlando / Dr. Philips

I drove by about a week ago and the outside structure looks finished. I think the parking lot still needs to be completed. Shouldn't be more than another couple months I would think. And I think the sign says opening in spring 2008.

Jan 24, 2008
anneks in Florida

Whole Foods in Orlando / Dr. Philips

Does anyone know when the Whole Foods under construction at Sand Lake & Turkey Lake will be opening???

Jan 24, 2008
anneks in Florida

1st Time Visitor to DC

Question about Brasserie Beck... It looks pretty upscale and if it's a hotspot, what would you say the dresscode is? We get in this evening and I'm thinking it could be a good place to just go have a beer at the bar and talk about our plans. What do you think?

Sep 19, 2007
anneks in Washington DC & Baltimore

1st Time Visitor to DC

Thanks for all of your responses! We're heading to DC today and I can't wait!

Sep 19, 2007
anneks in Washington DC & Baltimore

1st Time Visitor to DC

I'd love to get some tips for good and cheap eats in DC. I'm staying at the Embassy Suites - Convention Center w/o a car and the group has some pretty non-adventurous eaters. We'll be spending one day on the Mall and I've heard good things about the restaurant in the American Indian museum - any other suggestions? We'll also be going to the zoo and could use a lunch suggestion. I've read about Open City but it's getting mixed reviews. Would also like ideas for unique / special / historic bars - not clubs. My husband is into craft beers and unique scotch. Thanks in advance!

Sep 18, 2007
anneks in Washington DC & Baltimore

Authentic Mexican Orlando

Hi Bob - Thanks for looking. I've found the restaurant where he had the dish and the description. La Pinata in Old Town - here's the menu description: "Tender chunks of beef mixed with a sauce of tomatoes, onion, cilantro and green chiles. Served with rice, beans and hot tortillas." It does sound like regular chili, but it's not. I think I'll just email the restaurant and see it they'll share the recipe - given that we're all the way across the country!

Sep 07, 2007
anneks in Florida

Authentic Mexican Orlando

My husband loves a dish called chili colorado he had in Old Town San Diego and we'd love to find it here in Orlando. Has anyone had any great chili colorado in Orlando?

Sep 06, 2007
anneks in Florida