I've been doing a fair amount of baking these days. I took a little time off but I'm back at it. I made three mini-loaves of cheddar-garlic bread a few weeks ago and it was pretty good (needed more cheese and garlic... but I think everything does). But I've been getting kind of bored with my same old recipe. Joe and I stopped by Barnes and Noble the other day, as we like to do, to wander around. Mainly he goes and salivates over nerdy computer books while I check out the bargain section and take photos of anything that looks interesting so I can remember to get it at the library (please see below for my explanation of how much I love libraries). But I wasn't feeling great so I wandered over to the chairs which happened to be in front of the cookbook section and saw three books about baking bread right in front of me! I flipped through them and found one really interesting with a lot of great information. Unfortunately it was $30.00 and right now that's not in our budget in any kind of way. When we got home I found it online for about half price and snapped it up. I'm really excited to get it next week and start trying some new stuff (and just learning about baking in general since I know nada!).
So like I said, I've been getting bored and so I decided to start trying some different stuff starting with... bagels. I used an Emeril recipe from foodnetwork.com that looked pretty straight forward. The whole process is definitely a long one with a lot of steps but it wasn't difficult. I think the weirdest part was the whole boiling a pot of sugar water and having to dunk the bagels into it for a minute on each side. I don't know if you've ever boiled dough before... but it's weird and... slimy. However, when it was all said and done they looked like they were related to bagels... red-headed step children of bagels perhaps, but related none the less, and were pretty tasty. Joe was a pretty giant fan and I think he's eaten about 8 in the last 24 hours. I wish I had taken pictures of the process... it was pretty neat, oh well... next time I guess!
And then this evening after I posted about The Help I was checking out all my friends' blogs and seeing what everyone is up to. Marie's latest post on Recipeas and Musings included a picture of incredibly tasty looking sugar cookies and I knew that I needed to make cookies immediately. I'm not usually a big sugar cookie person so I made snicker doodles and since Joe was at a meeting I knew he would be really excited when he got home. Anyway, I threw the cookies together and they came out perfectly. So drool away kids... drool away =)