Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Sunday Salon

The Sunday It's a cold, cold Sunday in Oregon--which means it's actually dipping below freezing like a real winter day. The perfect day to either cuddle up with a cat and a book, or to bake cookies. Or to flip through cookbooks and recipe cards, contemplating which cookies to bake until it's time to fix dinner.

I started reading Timothy Egan's The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire the Saved America while waiting to pick up my son yesterday, only to realize--just as Teddy Roosevelt was winning his wrestling match against Gifford Pinchot in Roosevelt's Governor's mansion--that it was due at the library that very day. I returned it last night, and with 143 holds on 24 copies, I'm not likely to get to the three-million-acre forest fire anytime soon. At least I read enough to know that next time my hold comes in, I should put it at the top of the stack.

Okay, now on to the cookies! Except I don't have butter. I need a recipe that calls for no more than 1/2 cup of butter, will make a large batch, and be ready within an hour. Any suggestions? ;-)


  1. Wow, Big Burn sounds popular, and I've never even heard of it.

  2. What'd you end up doing on the cookies???

    I'm not much of a cookie-maker; fortunately, we live about 6 blocks away from a dessert bakery & that's where I score cookies when we get a hankering for them ;-).

  3. Kathy, It looks like it'll be a great read. I love it when authors can write nonfiction that way.

    Glenda, I ended up making pumpkin chocolate chip dough after dinner and will bake it in the morning. If they're good I'll post the link to the recipe, which is vegan as written (though I de-veganized it).

  4. sorry I couldn't help with the no-butter cookies. Pumpkin Choc Chip sound yummuy...