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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

I’m going to share some personal health information with you because it relates to the cookies pictured above: I spent thirty minutes in an MRI machine yesterday afternoon. I’m not dealing with anything serious or life-threatening, so don’t worry, but it did require me to stay motionless in a tiny tube for a half-hour while a machine took pictures of my insides—a really, really loud machine. For most people, this would be an uncomfortable 30 minutes, but for an anxiety-ridden, claustrophobic person like me, it was just one long panic attack.

They did have some sweet signs, though.

When the exam was over, I refused to take the subway home and spend an hour in a larger tube, so I took a cab instead. I rolled my window down as we passed over the Brooklyn Bridge and looked out over the river. My sunglasses were on, the city wind pulled at my hair, and I knew there was only one way to celebrate freedom: baking some damn cookies. Namely, some cookies with oatmeal, cranberries, and chocolate chips.

I’d call them Oatmeal Triple C Cookies, but the Internet tells me Triple C is the street name for a cough medicine teenagers like to trip on. Hm. Let’s stick with the more descriptive Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies. Continue Reading →

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Apple Cranberry Pie

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It was a banner weekend: dinner on the Upper West Side on Friday night, the farmers’ market in Grand Army Plaza on Saturday morning, shopping and macarons in SoHo in the afternoon, beer and tacos in Sunset Park at night, and finally on Sunday, manicures, pints of pumpkin ale, and lots of cooking in Park Slope. It felt the way a New York weekend should, with just the right balance of adventure and absurdity, and enough scenic views for a Woody Allen film. Much of it also revolved around food, so it was natural to wind down by baking a pie Sunday afternoon with my well-manicured hands.

I wanted to go recipe-free to make an apple cranberry pie, so I tried to remember as many techniques as I could from last year’s apple pie adventure and winged the rest. The pie was a success, but I forgot to add flour to the apple mixture which resulted in a little excess liquid. I’ve corrected it in the recipe after the jump. Continue Reading →

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Cranberry Apple Relish

My aunt makes an amazing Cranberry Apple Relish every year for Thanksgiving. Although it’s meant as a small side, I can eat it by the bowl full and usually do for breakfast in the mornings following the holiday (I finished off this Thanksgiving’s batch this morning). This relish would also make a great addition to dinner table for any of the holiday meals coming up. Continue Reading →

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Cranberry Apricot Muffins

I promise this will be my last post about muffins for a while. (They’re just so easy to make and delicious.) Last weekend called for some cranberry muffins made with fresh cranberries, seeing as they are easily available with Thanksgiving just over a week away. Fresh cranberries also add an extra bite without adding too much sweetness, while it can be hard to find dried unsweetened cranberries. Continue Reading →