Did you ever read that Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None? I think I first read it when I was around 12, and I thought it was TERRIFYING.
It was a great mystery because you really couldn't figure out what happened until the very end. Not like some cheesy mysteries - Dame Agatha knew what she was doing.
So did whoever stole my spaghetti claw.
That's right. My spaghetti claw. The same one I've owned since I moved to Austin in 1990, the white one I got the day I got my first apartment. The one with one broken tooth. Someone took it.
A spaghetti claw isn't the kind of thing a person takes out to Starbucks or to dinner with them. So it didn't get left at a restaurant or in a grocery store. It was claw napped. And I'm sad. A person can't just have a 21 year relationship with a utensil and simply move on when it is unceremoniously ended.
Give me a moment.
Oh. Speaking of food. I made the best cookies I've EVER HAD today. Here is the recipe:
Brown Butter Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks (1 cup) butter (I used salted butter)
1 1/4 cups packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla (I use the Madagascar Bourbon kind)
2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Fleur de Sel or sea salt plus more for sprinkling
10 oz. chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
1. Preheat oven to 375 and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper
2. Place butter into a medium saucepan over medium heat, swirling pan to melt. Once melted, watch carefully. Butter will foam, boil then little brown bits will start to form around sides and bottom of pan. Once butter turns a golden brown and has a very nutty aroma, remove from heat. Let cool for 5 minutes. I stirred it until it stopped bubbling to cool it off - if you add it when it's too hot, it will melt your chocolate chips, so be patient.
3. Place both sugars your Kitchen Aid mixer. Add brown butter and mix until well combined. Add eggs and vanilla, mixing until well combined. Place flour, baking soda and Fleur de Sel/sea salt into a large bowl. Slowly add to wet ingredients then add in chocolate chips, mixing until just combined. Scoop dough onto prepared baking sheet with a medium sized cookie scoop or a generous teaspoon and sprinkle tops with additional Fleur de Sel/sea salt. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, until cooked through. My oven was exactly 11 minutes. They don't really get brown, so just trust the timing. Let cool for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack.
The more salt the better on top. I was a little stingy with mine and they could have used more. Also, if you're like me, and like burned cookies, these are AWESOME a little toasty. I got the original recipe here.
So in honor of my kidnapped spaghetti claw and my amazing cookies, I thought I would bring you some food themed cards.
First, donut be sad that this adorable set Comfort Food is retired! :)
Maybe you should pop on by and stamp with me! :)
Because I loaf you :)
Unless, of course, you're the one who took my spaghetti claw...
If that's the case, all bets are off...