Sunday, November 23, 2008
The Lazy Baker meets the killer knife
I spent Saturday picking out a new fancy chef's knife for an early birthday present for myself and shopping at the Pasadena Farmer's Market to buy produce to make dinner for friends. I felt better to see that even Jonathan Gold's kid gets fussy when faced with a crowded farmer's market. But I sort of blew off thinking about dessert options for my dinner, thinking I'd figure something out at the last minute. Then I returned home, only to fortuitously find a package of gourmet baking mix that The Lazy Baker sent for me to try. Plus, it was oatmeal cherry raisin, one of my preferred cookie flavors. I try to only make things from scratch, but I have to admit it was helpful to have a shortcut after making a whole dinner of salad, Moroccan chicken and couscous. Since you add a stick of butter and and egg, the cookies taste pretty close to homemade. The ingredients are all natural, but they put them together for you with a separate packet of dried fruit. They also come in chocolate chip, brown sugar pecan shortbread and gingerbread. I'm not going to stop making cookies from scratch, but these are certainly handy to have when you're in a hurry or have some kids to entertain. The Lazy Baker is available at Whole Foods and Bristol Farms, or for $10.95 online.
While the cookies were baking, I got to play with my new scary-sharp Shun chef's knife from Bed and Bath. All my life, I've been using cheap knives, and I guess it's time to grow up, knife-wise. But it might be more commitment than I'm ready for. Anyone know where to get them sharpened?
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