I find baking to be not only therapeutic, but also deliciously happy-making. The house smells good and nobody in their right mind turns down fresh-out-of-the-oven baked goods. A good chocolate chip cookie may be viewed to some as pedestrian, but I maintain that a good cookie is second to none. I like them chewy, gooey and with no nuts, thank you very much. I have spent years searching for that perfect recipe. My dear friend Kara¬†shares my love for chocolate chip cookies, and six years ago she shared with me “the best cookie recipe ever” during a visit, and we set forth in the kitchen to see just how these cookies compared to the numerous other recipes we had tested over the years. The result? Simply referred to as the New York Times chocolate chip cookie recipe, I haven’t found one before or since that compares.

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sometimes it’s necessary

Many cliched phrases have been running through my head in the last week. Everything happens for a reason; when one door closes, another opens; change is scary, but good; and so on. I’ve decided to pack away the cliches and create my own mantra: you’ll feel better when you finally start a blog and make cookies. And that, my friends, is exactly what I’m going to do.

exploration in the kitchen, and restaurants near and far.