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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is it about Fall that makes me want to bake like there's no tomorrow?  One of my favorite Fall baking items is the almighty, versatile Pumpkin. Ah Pumpkin. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cake, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin biscuits, pumpkin scones, pumpkin muffins, and of course, pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.

I've tried many, many recipes for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies over the years and didn't really love any of them. They were either too bland, too dry, too soggy, too cake-y, too gummy, or too crumbly. So this year, I've pondered, studied, and experimented, and have developed the best recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies I've ever made. At least so far.These cookies are moist, but not too moist, somewhat cake-y but not overly so, and flavorful, but not too flavorful.

The Best Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Makes about 32 cookies

Ingredients:
3 C. bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnam…

Sideswipe Blade Review

I've been on a bender for the last month and wasn't able to do any blogging. I'm talking serious bender. A baked-goods bender. For some silly reason, I embarked yet again on a quest to find the perfect chocolate chip cookie---which is pretty much the same as a quest for the fountain of youth---most likely, neither exist. I'd given up on this dream years ago, but for some reason, decided to give it yet another try.

So a month later, way too many cookies tried and way too many eaten, tears shed, hopes and dreams shattered, I still haven't found The One. But, I did find something along the journey that almost makes the weight I gained worthwhile. It's the Sideswipe blade for the Kitchen Aid mixer. I bought it a few months ago, but hadn't really put it through the paces until last month. Let me just say, it is fabulous. 
The Sideswipe has these silicon wings on the side and that automatically scrape down the bowl as it turns. No more stopping the mixer, findi…

The Correct Way to Order at Subway

INITIAL ORDER:
When first greeted by a Subway sandwich artist, state the type of sandwich you'd like, the size, the type of bread, whether you want cheese, and whether you want it toasted. (e.g., 6" Veggie on wheat, no cheese, not toasted)

FOLLOW-UP ORDER:
After being asked:"What would you like on your sandwich?" begin listing the items you want, in the order you would like them added (e.g., lettuce, tomato, pickles, etc.). Do not tell the artist what you don't want. This is confusing. Scientific studies have shown that when you tell someone not to do something, they focus on the something, not the not. Like when you tell yourself not to eat a cookie. Suddenly, all you can think about is cookies, until you end up eating an entire bag. Same goes for the sandwich artist, when you tell him no pickles, all he can think about is pickles. And if all that isn't enough to convince you, years ago I met a Subway sandwich artist who worked with a guy who had met Jared…