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Google Foodle

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

I got to go to the Boulder Google offices today.

As much as I wanted to, I didn’t walk around taking pictures of everything - but I did find two things necessary to document.

Obviously I took this with my phone – it had to happen. A nice woman told us we could help ourselves to anything in any of the kitchens. She said this and I turned around to find that I was standing in front of a row of Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay bottles.

The second is the weird lunch I managed to put together in the Google cafeteria. It’s chicken, beans, nacho cheese, guacamole, cottage cheese, cucumbers, tomatoes, and salad dressing. (Eaten under an umbrella outside.)

I had access to the best food that Google had to offer, and I still remained sugar free. I turned down nachos and taquitos, pita and naan, and tres leches cake and tiramisu.

I have so much will power it’s oozing out of my over-proteined pores.

(Those cookies aren’t mine, I swear.)

P.S. The food was corporate cafeteria good. If it had been restaurant good, I would have gone back for every single one of those things that I turned down the first time around.

lovey dovey day

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

I have this very similar picture of Crockett, taken in this very kitchen, from about a month after we started dating – our first Valentine’s Cookie Day.

In that one he has flour on his nose. I couldn’t make him repeat that part this time. Partially because he’s cutting up avocados, which are well known for being non-floury.

I made my favorite sugar cookies (recipe from The Good Cookie – my absolute favorite cookie book ever). I don’t alter the recipe as printed at all, so I’m not going to write it down for y’all – just buy the book and use the Decorator Cookies. These are very mildly lemon flavored, perfectly soft, and just delicious.

While the hearts were in the oven, we started Crockett’s new V-Day request. He IM’d me yesterday and specifically requested that we add chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin to our V-Day repertoire.

Oatmeal raisin cookies are of the devil, so we made chocolate chip cookies.

MASSIVE chocolate chip cookies.

On the principle of not messing with a good thing, this is the Nestle recipe. I only make four changes. First, I use dark brown sugar instead of light. Second, I use 1 cup of brown sugar and 1/2 cup of white instead of 3/4 cup of each. Third, I decrease the baking soda (but that’s an altitude thing). Fourth, I use about 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips instead of 2 cups.

This makes chewy delicious cookies in which you occasionally get a chocolate free bite.

Sometimes I like a chocolate free bite.

I know, I’m a lunatic.

While we waited for the heart cookies to cool enough to decorate, we ate the dinner that Crockett made.

Spicy black beans, brown basmati rice, guacamole, chips, and grilled chicken.

That’s right, we busted out the outdoor grill in February. It was like 60 yesterday.

By we, I mean Crockett.

I was distracted by cookies.

We didn’t do official Valentine’s Day presents, but I consider this guacamole my present.

I ate my weight in it, I’m pretty sure.

We also watched The Social Network.

I found it depressing.

The we decorated cookies! See how layer-y flakey they are? I’m not kidding. Best sugar cookies ever.

We did two styles. One with a pink royal icing…

… and one with a pink cream cheese frosting and crunchy pink sparkles.

Pink.

Pink pink pink.

Plus, did I not tell you these were gigantic?

You can barely see my hand.

Gigantic chocolate chip cookies, pink cookies, and guacamole.

Best Valentine’s Day ever.