by Moira Reed, owner of the Sleeping Latte, one of the featured locations in Julianne Holmes' Clock Shop Mystery Series
Healthy eating throughout the whole day continues through dinner. My mother usually packs me up a "it's going to have to be tossed, you may as well eat it" bag at the end of a shift. When night falls so does my guard. I'm tired, it's cold, and Jeff has been working a lot. I'll eat the sandwich, heat up the soup. The I'll look at the dozen kitchen sink cookies she packed up for me, and resolutely promise myself that I will bring six of them to the Cog &Sprocket and six to the police station in the morning. But the kitchen sink cookies taunt me. Mum makes them fresh every day, and always mixes them up a bit. They are my vice.
You can't really blame me. February in the Berkshires--it is darker than the inside of a cow outside, and freezing cold. Usually a coat of ice everywhere as soon as the sun goes down. No sense in going outside to ice skate with my car. Tired as I am, the evenings are long. A cup of tea, and a cookie are just the ticket to help pass the time. Just one. Crispy, chewy, full of who knows what mixed in. One won't hurt. They've got oatmeal--that's a little healthy, don't you think?
Okay, two. Raisins too. A healthy fruit.
Before you know it, I'm nibbling on a third. The chocolate chips sooth the soul.
Next thing I know the Cog & Sprocket bag is empty. If I show some resolve, the police station may get their cookies. At least a couple. Kitchen sink cookies, especially my mother's, are my downfall.
What's the secret? Make a basic cookie dough, and then add cornflakes (or raisin bran, or frosted flakes, or wheat flakes), walnuts (or pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, cashews), raisins (or craisins, or dried cherries, or any other dried fruit), and chocolate chips (or white chips, or peanut butter, or dark chocolate, or milk chocolate). You get the idea. Careful of the flavors you mix together. That said, I've never tasted a bad kitchen sink cookie. Here's a good recipe if you want to take them for a test drive yourself.
Friends, any of you have winter night time carb loading issues? What is your favorite vice?
Julianne Holmes writes the Clock Shop Mysteries for Berkley Prime Crime. Clock and Dagger, the second in the series, came out last August. Chime and Punishment will be out this August.