I’d have to say that no other country as a whole has such a love hate relationship with food. We like low fat, low cal, low carb, low food food, so much that at least one person at a table will feel comfortable finishing off their Coke Zero and announcing, “Yeah, I’m on a diet.”
But we all know that if you want something to taste good you’re not using I can’t believe it’s not butter as an ingredient. The difference between homemade cookies and store bought cookies it the lack of partially hydrogenated soybean oil. Good food is good because it is made from things easily recognizable as food.
Turkey is made from turkey… it is usually got salt pepper and some form of fat on it. Its filled with bread and veggies. And it’s good. There are few who would disagree and most of those who do, do it not out of disagreement that it tastes good, but out of disagreement with the idea of eating another animal.
The whole of winter is filled with holidays that center on food. Holidays in general would not be complete without food. The Fourth of July is centered on a pinic of some sort. The same goes for Memorial Day. Halloween has candy and Valentine’s Day has chocolates. We are a people that loves our food, but not enough to stop trying to sythesi()e it. (my keyboard is broken).
I love food. I love cooking. I love baking. So in honor of the holidays I will share with you the first cookies of the holiday season. They rated a 6.5 (out of a possible 10) on the Tim Cookie Scale.
Cherry Sugar Cookies.
1/4 c sugar
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/2 c. shortening
2/3 c. sugar
1 (3.4 ounce) package of pudding
2 tsp. almond extract
2 1/3 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. buttermilk
Mix 1/4 c sugar with 1/4 tsp. cardamom (you can substitute cinnamon) and set aside.
Cream together 1/2 c shortening, one 3.4 ounce package of pudding mix (I use french vanilla. Almost any will work. If you use chocolate cookies WILL come out chocolate.), and 2/3 c. sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.
Beat in 2 eggs one at a time and then beat in 2 tsp. Almond extract.
In a seperate bowl mix together 2 c. flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. baking soda and 1 tsp. salt.
Add flour and buttermilk to creamed mixture in 2 additions each ending on buttermilk.
Bake on a greased pan at 375 for 8-10 mins.