Into the bog

First, a running update – my left foot is misbehaving (ouch). The muscles on the outer edge, to be exact. After spending the afternoon googling my symptoms I am now convinced I have the following afflictions: peroneal tendinitis, a stress fracture, a muscle strain, a bone bruise, plantar fasciitis, and maybe SARS. So thanks for that, WebMD and Runner’s World forums.

Just kidding (mostly). What I think actually happened is that I landed on my foot a little funny during my Monday run (there was some uneven grass) and I need a few days to ice and rest the muscles in my foot. Fingers crossed all will be well by the weekend! It’s a bummer not to be able to run, but I am trying to be patient and see the big picture. A day or two off now is better than a month off down the road.

Taking some rest days means I have more time for weekday fun. So yay for that! Every Fall, I somehow find myself on the guest list for Ocean Spray cranberry bog celebration (2009 and 2010 recaps). I get free cocktails and the chance to mingle with cranberry growers, so I’m certainly not complaining! This year Sofia was my awesome date – we donned waders and splashed around in the bog (yup, right in the middle of Rockefeller Center). One of the growers, Bill Cutts, explained the cranberry harvesting process and gave us some sweet cranberry recipe tips. Sofia already has something awesome in the works…

Ming Tsai, founder of the Boston-based Blue Ginger restaurant and star of the TV series Simply Ming welcomed the guests with a flight of six (yes 6!) cocktail and appetizer pairings. Happy Tuesday?

Some of my favs were the kimche pork and noodles

Duck leg with and gingered spaghetti squash

And the braised short rib with cranberry glaze and sweet potato puree (this one was AMAZING!) –

There were a few other apps, but after 6 (mini?) cocktails, I can’t really recall what they involved. This was a really fun event and a great way to end my Tuesday. So many people were milling around in Rock Center taking pictures of us frolicking in the bog – I felt very V.I.P. Thanks Ocean Spray!

Earlier this week I was in the baking mood, so I whipped together some oatmeal cookies. My recipe was based loosely on a recipe from Stacy Adimando’s Cookiepedia.

Oatmeal Cookies, Two Ways

(makes about 3 dozen, depending on how much raw dough you eat…)

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 egg
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • Mix-ins: 1/2 dark chocolate bar (chopped), 1/2 cup hazelnuts, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 and line cookie sheets with parchment paper (yes, it’s important – don’t skip the paper).
  • Use a mixer to cream together butter and sugar. Add in egg and vanilla until combined.
  • Slowly add in the flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon (low speed!). Then use a spoon to stir in the oats and hazelnuts.
  • Divide the dough into two bowls and in one bowl stir in the dried cranberries and the white chocolate chips. Add the chopped dark chocolate to the other half of the dough.
  • Scoop out Tablespoon sized portions of dough onto the baking sheets and bake for about 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Cool for a minute on the pan and then transfer to a wire cooling rack. YUM.

So, I somehow ended up with an extra copy of The Cookiepedia and I want to send it to one of you. This is an awesome book with a good mix of classic and innovative recipes (and I’m not just saying that because it was free). Do you want to win it?? Of course you do!

To enter the give-away, leave a comment telling me your favorite type of cookie – include a link to the recipe if you can! I’ll choose a winner on Saturday, October 22. Good luck!

p.s. if anyone’s cookie recipe can make my foot stop hurting, you automatically win.

  • Corey

    Sounds like I you are being super smart by taking a few days off..Im sure you will be back to your routine in no time. And having some extra time to do some fun things in this gorgeous fall weather is definitely a good thing! Those cookies look awesome. My favorite is pretty much any kind with chocolate chips annd/or peanutbutter. Im pretty sure that combo has some serious healing properties 🙂

  • First of all – I’m sorry about your foot! I hope a couple days of rest was all you needed to be back to 100%. Secondly – that event looks really neat. There are tons of cranberry bogs on the south shore of MA and the Cape, but I’ve never gotten to go frolicking in one… And finally I need this cookbook!! My favorite cookies are actually ones that I get at a local cafe. They’re called garbage cookies because I’m pretty sure the chefs just through everything they have into them – oatmeal, dark chocolate, white chocolate, raisins, craisins, etc. When it comes to mix-ins, more is always better!

  • loved our bog-venture. so much fun!

    i am all about the over-salted chocolate chip pecan cookie. i certainly made my best batch at 4AM after BT’s birthday. no recipe… i just went with it. and over-salted. yumyumyum.

  • Stephanie

    These oatmeal raisin cookies are P.E.R.F.E.C.T.

    http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/02/thick-chewy-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/

    But so is anything/everything coming from Smitten Kitchen…

  • Colleen

    I wish I had a recipe… but I love just sugar cookies – yum!

  • Jennifer
  • Oatmeal chocolate chip, with ground nuts! NOM.

  • Christine at These Happy Miles

    any cookies that are homemade and right out of the oven! 🙂

  • Aw, man – sorry about your foot! I’m not calling it an injury though because I’m confident it will be gone by this weekend! (Optimism!) It’s so strange, the random aches and pains we get while training, huh? Just this morning I also noticed a pain on my left foot, I think it’s like a bruise on the ball of my foot – likely due to speedwork in minimalist shoes. But hopefully nothing a day or two of rest can’t cure.
    Cranberry bog event looks so fun!!!! Was that right in NYC?
    I can never get enough cookie recipes! I think my favorite are (never)home maker’s coconut carob chip cookies, since I honestly make them every week:
    http://www.neverhomemaker.com/2009/12/oh-hello-and-detox-day-1.html
     
    Happy weekend!  

  • The cranberry bog looks like so much fun!! My new favorite cookie recipe is this one, for a cookie cake:

    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/giant-chocolate-chip-cookie-cake-recipe/index.htmlHaven't blogged about it yet, but I will soon. I halved the recipe and made some other tweaks, but it was delish!

  • Janine

    I hope your foot feels better already! I love all cookies, but these ginger cookies from the barefoot contessa are spicy, gingery, and chewy with a crisp outside!
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/ultimate-ginger-cookie-recipe/index.html

  • Rachelle LaCarte

    That cranberry event looked like so much fun. My favorite cookies actually have cranberries in them…since im a cranberry fanatic! Two years ago my younger sister and i made a batch of oatmeal, cranberry, and white chocolate cookies for our apartment complexes holiday cookies contest and it won! I couldn’t find the exact recipe that we had used online…but I found a similar one the Giada made on food network…http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/oatmeal-cranberry-and-chocolate-chunk-cookies-recipe/index.html

    We didnt use any sea salt tho, and we used all regular sugar and no brown sugar.
    But I hope your foot feels better…I usually use and espom salt soak to help ease my pains. I haven’t ran in forever tho since I just had a baby.

  • Christina

    I hope your foot gets better soon :(. Mysterious injuries can be so frustrating. 

    I like classic choc chip, but super soft and gooey!

  • And that was “just” a Tuesday? FUN!
    I *heart* the humble cranberry, and am more than a little jealous that you got to wade around in a cranberry bog (indoors or otherwise). 🙂

  • kayeanne

    Love your blog!  I also LOVE cookies!!!  (And Cookie Monster for that matter 🙂
    Anyway, this recipe is a crowd pleaser…. and recipe requester!  I’ve emailed this recipe to countless friends!  I’ll have to post the recipe… as I don’t have a link… got it from an old neighbor in Indiana (I asked for it after I ate one!)… who got it from a room mates grandma’s sister… (you get the picture)….  It’s a Chocolate Mint Cookie that is PERFECT for this time of year… and very pretty to package and gift out!
    Chocolate Mint Cookies

    ¾ cup butter
    1 ½ cup brown sugar
    2 tbsp water
    12oz chocolate chips
    2 eggs
    2 ½ cup flour
    1 ¼ tsp baking soda½ tsp salt
    16 oz Andes Mints (remove wrappers)

    In a sauce pan over low heat cook butter, sugar and water until butter melts.
    Add chocolate chips and stir until partially melted.
    Remove from heat and stir until completely melted.
    Pour mixture into a large bowl and let cool for 10 minutes
    With a electric mixer on high, beat eggs one at a time.
    Reduce speed to low and add the dry ingredients.
    Chill dough for one hour.
    Line cookie sheet with foil.
    Roll teaspoons of dough into balls and place 2 inches apart on sheet.
    Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees.
    Remove from oven and place a mint on each warm cookie.
    Allow mint to soften and then swirl with a fork.Cool completely or put in refrigerator to set chocolate.

  • Ugh to mystery foot pain. I had peroneal tendonitis the summer before my junior year of college, and was in a boot for a few weeks. No fun. I think your foot is feeling better now though, so yay!

    That Ocean Spray event looks like fun.In the middle of Rockefeller Center? So unexpected. My favorite cookie is from Levain Bakery in NYC…just the simple chocolate chip is a giant dream come true.

  • Robin

    I think my favorite kind is good ol’ chocolate chip.  I made a batch a few days ago but forgot the salt, and that darn 1/2 tsp was actually noticeable… 🙁 
    I have a plan to one day go on a REALLY long run that ends at Levain Bakery.. I have heard such awesome things (Lindsay’s comment only reinforces this!) and sometimes I dream about desserts/sugary things… most often, frosting.  Eep.

  • Anonymous

    it seems counter-intuitive, but salt makes cookies so much better! i always sprinkle sea salt on top of mine just before baking (as well as including it in the dough). and Levain doesn’t disappoint! i used to live down the street from their Harlem shop – dangerous…hehe.

  • Page

    I don’t have a recipe for you but I do have some “get better foot” wishes coming your way!! Hang in there 🙂

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