Hey everyone! This rewind is quite overdue, considering that I did not post one last week (and opted for cookies instead). I’ve been buried under a pile of job-work the past couple weeks (the weight of which became even heavier when I realized that last Friday was the 7th, not the 6th [which I’d had in my head all week, and arranged my schedule based on that]……derrr). Add to that a virus on my desktop from trying to find free downloads of fonts that I should be paying for (probably one of the dorkier ways to get a computer virus), and it’s been a bit of a mad scramble for me to get back on track while digging things of my pathetically unorganized back-up drive. But things are calming down a little bit. And yesterday I had the chance to make not one, but TWO cookies from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee. (Well, we’ll say one and a half, as the dough for the double chocolate cookies is still sitting in the fridge, waiting to be baked this afternoon. FYI: If I wind up with salmonella, it’s Valrhona’s fault, because I can’t stop snagging little bits of the über chocolatey raw dough.)
3. I NEED THIS. It’s $10, the details will melt away in a matter of minutes, and I don’t care. It’s awesome.
5. Anti-stress for free! Genius.
7. Another fascinating (albeit, slightly morbid) series involving food.
8. Did you know that you can temper chocolate with a food processor?! I still can’t believe I didn’t, but I can’t wait to try it now that I do!
9. Oooo, I want some! I mean, it’s expensive as hell, but still……want it.
On a final note, I would like to recognize the fact that many of us greeted the weekend with heavy hearts following the tragedy that unfolded in Connecticut on Friday. At times like this, it is in our nature to seek out answers to the questions, “why?” and “how can we prevent this from ever happening again?” We see calls for tighter gun control peppering the headlines. We want to know more about the shooter, to understand how someone — someone made of the same basic bits and pieces we all are — could possibly do something so horrific. And while both of these issues carry significant weight of their own, they can easily thrive and eclipse the stories of the victims (especially in mainstream American media). These stories are hard to read. They remind us that no matter how much we learn or do now, we still cannot undo what happened. But right now, they are far more important than anything else. As friends and families in Newtown and elsewhere grieve, the best support we can offer is to understand who they’re grieving for. If you haven’t already, you can take a moment to read about the victims here, and stories of heroism here, here, and here. (And please feel free to share any additional article links.) I know I speak for everyone when I say that our hearts and our thoughts will be with the victims’ families and community this holiday season.