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Hooray For People -- Part 1: New Halloween Colors

I am beginning a multi-part blog series today called "Hooray For People." It celebrates people and the amazing things that people do. Look around you at all the incredible things you have in your house, who's to thank? It's people. So to start off, I'd like to tip my hat to the genius who came up with the idea to add purple and lime green to the traditional Halloween colors.

Observe:
 


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See the difference?  You probably never gave it much thought, but some person, some creative, risk-taking, under-appreciated person with incredible vision and determination thought of this. Not only thought of it, but convinced all the nay-sayers to challenge tradition, question authority, and think outside the black and orange box, so to speak. This genius, whomever he/she may be never quit, never gave up, until the CEO of M&M's finally said, yes, yes, add the new colors! So Hooray to the person who made Halloween that much better! 


Best Chocolate Chip Cookies Ever!

Here is my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe:



Ingredients:
1 cup melted, browned butter
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 - 3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups chocolate chips

Method:
Preheat oven to 475 degrees
Add butter to sugar and stir. Allow to cool---ideally, put in refrigerator for an hour or so
Mix melted butter and sugar until light and fluffy
Add eggs and mix well
Add vanilla if using
In a separate bowl mix the remaining dry ingredients together
Add dry ingredients to wet and mix just until combined
Mix in chocolate chips
Portion dough onto cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
Put the cookies in the oven and then turn the temperature down to 375 degrees
Bake until golden brown on the top, and you see cracks, about 7 - 14 min depending on how big you make the cookies