Music Memories and Baking

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When I woke this morning, I had a totally different subject to write about.  But then I got a text from my sister, Judy, reminding me that we were taking my mom to see The Lettermen at The Palace Theater in Greensburg PA.  It is incredible to me how just a name of a group can stir up so many memories. Just like a book, a song can transport you back in time.  The memories are so vivid and while many are touching and sweet, some are not so much.  We grew up in a house filled with music, laughter, and Love.

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Best Friends:(Left) Ruth Horgos & (Right) Peggy Komarinski

My mom loves The Lettermen.  The last time she saw them was in the 1970’s at a dinner show at The Holiday House in Monroeville.  My parents attended the show with their best friends, Bob and Ruth Horgos.  At this performance, Ruth and my mom(Peggy) were on their way to freshen up and ran into the Lettermen in the hallway.  My mom was too shy to say anything, but Ruth said hello and they got their autographs.  My mom said they were very gracious and kind.  They still giggle like school girls when they talk about this event.  This is the memory that comes back to my mom when we play The Lettermen Christmas Album “For Christmas This Year”

71ciAEYiDcL._SL1500_ My Memories are of baking.  The week after Thanksgiving is when baking would start for Christmas, and the Christmas Albums would play…(yes, Albums…LOL).  So when I hear any song from the album “For Christmas This Year” I can Close my eyes and smell the sweetness and spices of all the goodies being baked.

These cookies are just not for Christmas.  They are so flexible…meet the Versatile Drop Cookie

Versatile Drop Cookies: Bake 375 F or 180 C for 10 to 12 minutes

Ingredients:
1 cup Butter (unsalted)
1 1/2 cup Sugar
2 eggs (room temperature)
4 cups Sifted Bread Flour (you can use All Purpose)
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon cream of Tartar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
1 cup Milk
Procedure:
Cream together butter, sugar, and eggs. Stir in combined dry ingredients alternating with milk and vanilla.  Bake cookies on a baking sheet that has been greased or covered with parchment paper. Place dough 1” apart and bake 10 to 12 minutes @ 375 F or 180 C.  Now for the Versatile part of this recipe:  After you have your dough mixed you can divide it into four parts or you can just make one kind of cookie.

Variation #1 Spice Drop Cookies: In addition to the ingredients above, you will add the following:
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ginger (ground or fresh grated)
1/2 teaspoon of  nutmeg (ground of fresh grated)

Variation #2 Chocolate Drop Cookies: In addition to the ingredients above, you will add the following:
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 square of dark baking chocolate melted
1/2 cup of Chocolate chips

Variation #3 Nut and Date Drop Cookies: In addition to the ingredients above, you will add the following:
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 cup of chopped nuts
1/2 cup chopped dates (you can use currants, raisins, craisins)

Variation #4 Double Chocolate Chip: In addition to the ingredients above, you will add the following:
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
The spiced version of these this cookies are is nice when you add a glaze on top
Powder Sugar glaze:
2 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon milk
Food coloring or Flavorings (optional)
This Cookie is very cake like, so have fun and enjoy creating your own flavor combination.

Most important “DON’T FORGET THE MUSIC”  KK

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