Baking with Domer

Now that my son (AKA My Favorite Domer) has graduated, he’s got a brief window of time to “rest” before he commences work.

And he’s using this time wisely, or so I think.

He’s invested in a super-thick cookbook and is teaching himself how to cook (something he didn’t have much need for while he was a student in a college dorm, eating dining hall food — or fast food! — every day).

Following the recommendation of one of his Notre Dame friends, he bought Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything,” a 1,000+ page tome chock-full of recipes, instructions, helpful aids, line drawings, and all things culinary.

I realize not everybody likes or appreciates Mr. Bittman, a former columnist for The New York Times and author of more than a dozen cookbooks. However, a young person needs to start somewhere, and Bittman has a way of walking his readers through the process while encouraging them to experiment and stretch themselves.

Just the confidence-booster they need!

For dinner tonight, Domer and I decided to try our hands at Oatmeal Cookies.

Yes, I know you can buy them at the store. But we wanted to bake!

Now there’s not enough money in my hometown to pay me to eat a bowl of hot oatmeal. I don’t like the taste, or the consistency, or anything about it.

Never have.

My mom eats oatmeal (“gruel,” I call it) practically every morning, but not me.

Not Domer either.

But I like oatmeal cookies, and these were delicious — chewy, filled with raisins and chocolate chips, and hot from the oven.

See for yourselves:

Yummy oatmeal cookies, fresh from the oven1

Yummy oatmeal cookies, fresh from the oven1

The recipe calls for rolled oats, but we used instant. Didn’t make much difference, we decided (of course, we’re not oats experts either!)

For those who are interested, here’s the recipe:

Oatmeal Cookies (makes 3-4 dozen)

Time: about 30 min.

Ingredients —

8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, softened

Half-cup granulated sugar

Half-cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 C. all-purpose flour

2 C. rolled oats (not instant)

Half-teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch salt

2 teaspoons baking powder

Half-cup milk

Half-teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions —

  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until well blended.
  2. Mix the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. Alternating with the milk, add the dry ingredients to the dough, a little at a time, mixing on low. Add in raisins and/or other ingredients. Stir in the extract.
  3. Drop tablespoon-sized mounds of dough, about 3 inches apart, in rows and columns on ungreased baking sheet. Bake until lightly browned, 12-15 min. Cool for about 2 minutes on the sheets before using a spatula to transfer the cookies to a rack to finish cooling. Store in a tightly covered container at room temperature for no more than a day or two.

As Julia Child used to say, Bob Appetit!!

 

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20 thoughts on “Baking with Domer

  1. What? Keep 3-4 dozen cookies for no more than a day or two?! Well, I could work on that, but I think freezing some would have to happen.

    I do love a good oatmeal cookie. I need to pull out my Peg Bracken cookbook. She’s got a recipe that includes some amount of ground pecans with the oats, and it’s a crisp, crunchy cookie that’s just delicious. You ought to look around for Bracken’s “I Hate to Cookbook”, too. You probably could find it for a dollar at a secondhand book store, and it’s got a lot of quick, easy but tasty meals in it that I still use for those times during the week when I just can’t stand the thought of cooking and the idea of cereal just doesn’t make it.

    But good for him – knowing how to produce decent meals is good for the soul as well as the body. No matter what they say, man does not live by fast food and frozen food alone. Woman either, as a matter of fact. Besides, cooking is a lot of fun. I enjoy it tremendously.

    • Thanks for the tip, Linda; I’ll have to look for that book (sounds like something I’d like!). As for the recipe, we halved it, knowing full well that we couldn’t gobble up that many cookies in two days’ time.

      I’m a firm believer that “kids” need to know all sorts of things to get along in the world today. Girls need to be comfortable wielding tools; guys need to cook, iron, and clean. No sexist chores around here! I certainly don’t want my son to be of the mindset that he has to get married just to eat, ha!

    • Thanks, Kb. He got about 10 days worth of culinary experience last year while my mom and I went South, but he bought this book hoping to broaden his repertoire. I think it’s working!

  2. Debbie, I love how Domer is hands on about learning to cook! Those cookies look to die for! I love oatmeal cookies even though, like you, I don’t much care for hot oatmeal. The Significant Other says the reason he doesn’t have high cholesterol is cause he eats it so often. I wonder if cookies work this kind of magic too! hee hee! :)

    • I suspect oatmeal can’t be the only reason SO doesn’t have high cholesterol, Bella (at least, I hope not!). He’s probably got good genes, too. But you know, if it’s just the oatmeal that is heart-healthy, maybe the cookies have a place in our diets — wouldn’t take much to convince me of that! Perhaps Dr. Oz will give us his expert opinion?!

  3. “But I like oatmeal cookies, and these were delicious — chewy, filled with raisins and chocolate chips, and hot from the oven.”

    Meeeeeeeee too, Debbie! And holy cow…those cookies look DELICIOUS! I actually tried to scratch and sniff over the photo to see if I could TASTE them – HA!

    And can you believe that my father was a chief and my brother IS a chief, yet I have absolutely no talent for cooking whatsoever??? And I’m Italian, so I should be SHOT.

    Thanks for sharing the link to the book because I will look for it the next time I’m in Barnes and Noble. I mean I need to learn how to cook something other than a bowl of cereal and a banana, right?

    Hope you had an awesome weekend, dear lady!

    X

    And kudos to you and Domer for baking those cookies!

    • Ron, you crack me up!
      “And can you believe that my father was a chief and my brother IS a chief, yet I have absolutely no talent for cooking whatsoever??? And I’m Italian, so I should be SHOT.”
      If our Italian genes were distributed fairly, we’d be opera singers and fashion designers, too, ha!
      I’ve looked through Domer’s book, and it really assumes the reader knows practically nothing (not that Domer fits that criteria, ha!). But seriously, you might surprise yourself in the kitchen — I feel pretty sure your dishes would be tasteful and beautiful to look at (and that’s saying a lot because we eat with our eyes first!)
      Thanks for stopping by, and have a splendid Monday!

  4. Glad to see you and Domer cooking together!

    I like Quaker’s instant oatmeal with apples and cinnamon. So does Henry! It’s great for those of us with high cholesterol. I use oatmeal in a lot of recipes. For example, I like to bake banana bread, which calls for two cups of flour, but I substitute one cup of flour for one cup of oatmeal which I pulverize in the blender. It gives the banana bread a whole new texture and tastes even better!

    • Hmm, bananas aren’t a personal favorite, but they might be more palatable with pulverized oatmeal, Monica! Surely couldn’t hurt, and like you said, it would turn the recipe into a more heart-healthy one. Thanks for the tip!

  5. Oatmeal cookies for dinner? I want to go to your house :)

    Those cookies look yummy! I like oatmeal okay on its own, but it is much tastier in cookie form. I think it’s great that he wants to learn to cook for himself. My brother never progressed past grilled cheese sandwiches. I hope he enjoys it enough to keep cooking and learning.

    • He stayed home by himself for about 10 days last summer, Janna, and every night, he’d text me a photo of the different dishes he’d prepared. I thought at the time, “Bobby Flay, look out!” I’m grateful he wants to learn to feed himself, rather than spending all his time and money at McDonald’s!!

  6. I love Mark Brittman and used to watch him on TV years ago. I can’t have sugar but will make these for my dad today. I gotta run out and get some butter. These look so good I could just pull my hair out!!!!

    • Bless you, Tanya! And your dad is going to love them — what a good daughter you are. Thanks for the thumbs up for Mark Brittman, who attracts his share of nay-sayers online. I guess some people just find it hard being nice (probably weren’t taught that ‘nice’ is better than ‘nasty.’)

  7. Good for Domer, learning how to cook! I’m impressed! Not many young men I know of will cook willingly.

    I love oatmeal cookies and it’s on my agenda to make some soon.

    • We all have to eat, and since Domer likes to do that, he’s decided he’d better learn to prepare food. He’s notoriously cheap, so I know he won’t be spending all his hard-earned money dining out!

    • Well, actually, he started with the Internet, looking up recipes he had a hankering for, trying a few easy ones and tossing out those that sounded complicated. When one of his buddies recommended this tome, he checked it out and decided to follow suit. I’m having a ball playing sous chef — it’s kind of nice not having to make the decisions and just follow his directions for a change!

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