Thursday, July 03, 2008

Stars and Stripes Cookies

In my next life I'd like to come back as a chef in the baking department of the Food Network kitchens. Imagine getting to do nothing but test recipes in a gigantic kitchen with a gigantic island, with gigantic trash cans that get emptied by someone else. And all the ingredients would be in giant resealable boxes instead of rolled up in their bags and sealed with a clothespin.

I'd also get to work with cool people like Gale Gand and Sandra Lee and other celebrity chefs that really don't do anything but show up and put the ingredients together. Who do you think measures out all their ingredients and chops all their vegetables into perfect little squares? Some underpaid sous chef who merely aspires to empty their trash, I suspect.

Anyway, what does all that rambling have to do with the title of this post? Well, it's not even Christmas and I'm making sugar cookies today! Red, white, and blue sugar cookies. Once a year is way too little to whip up a batch of Royal Icing and let it work its magic, so I'm doing it today.

And why, you may wonder, am I blogging this now when I don't have anything to show for it? Who really knows. I'm just so excited at the prospect of edible stars and circles in patriotic colors I can't even stand it.

No, I don't really have time to do it. But lately I've tried to stop saying that because I think it's about what you choose to do with the time you have. So instead of saying "I don't have time" I say "I didn't make time for that..." Try it, it's liberating.

But you can bet today I'm makin' me some time for patriotic sugar cookies. Check back tomorrow for the results!