Chocolate-Gingerbread Cookies

chocolate-gingerbread cookies

One more recipe before 2012's over, and it's a good one. These might be my favorite cookies, especially delicious this time of year. I copied the details out of a magazine a long time ago, and with the exception of fresh ginger (I just use the dried amount) this is the exact same recipe. One tip: use a Lindor 60% cocoa bar for the chocolate (cut the chocolate squares in half diagonally)—it makes the cookies absolutely decadent.

cookie ingredients
chocolate chunks
chocolate-gingerbread cookies

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My Vintage Oven

GE built-in oven clock/timer  

I love this oven so much. It was secretly a selling point for us when we bought the house, although I realize that this, along with the retro 1957 bathrooms, will not be as attractive to most other buyers. Regardless, we plan to maintain the oven as long as possible. Fortunately, everything works great with the exception of the built-in clock / timer. I bought a copy of the original manual off of eBay hoping to find some troubleshooting instructions. There wasn't any info on fixing the clock (guess I'll live with it) but there were some interesting details about the model J-501 oven and J-551 surface unit. At some point over the years, our original range was replaced with Frigidaire burners. Whoever replaced the burners left the GE control panel in place. It doesn't work, obviously, but it looks cool (plus you can still press the buttons and pretend). The interior of the oven is "deluxe Starlight Grey vitreous enamel" that cleans really easily and still looks fabulous. According to the manual I should be able to remove the heating element and broiler for cleaning purposes, although I haven't done this yet—I'm a little nervous about breaking something.


GE 1957 built-in oven


GE control panel


GE 1957 wall oven


How To Use And Enjoy Your New General Electric Automatic Electric Range


Update, 4/12/13: In case you are interested in a few more details from the manual, I scanned in the pages that relate to the built-in model I own. The manual is 105 pages, so I skipped over the cooking tips and recipes; however if I find myself with copious amounts of free time in the future, I'll make another update with the additional pages.

GE manual


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'Tis the Season


This past weekend some neighbors stopped by our house Christmas caroling and serenaded the three of us—how nice was that? Needless to say, I love our neighborhood. I did take a quickie iPhone photo of everyone, but it turned out way too dark and blurry to share, so in compensation, here's a photo from inside one of my favorite local shops, Design Archives (kind of has the same festive vibe). It's official now—happy holiday season!


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Tartan Ribbon

James Clerk Maxwell color photo  

Shown above is the first ever color photograph; it was taken by Scottish Physicist/Mathematician James Clerk Maxwell in 1861. When Maxwell took this image of a tartan ribbon using three separate filters (red, green, blue), he was not concerned with developing color photography, but rather with perception of color. Early in my Photo Editor career, I became a photo nerd and decided I had to know everything about the craft start to finish—turns out historical knowledge was not at all germane to the position. However, I did retain some interesting little tidbits of information . . . like this one.



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The Warby Parker Crosby

Warby Parker Crosby  

My new Crosby reading glasses in "Burgundy Fade" from Warby Parker (brand previously mentioned here). I need specific prescription lenses for reading glasses (long story), so I can't purchase readers off-the-rack. Enter Warby Parker, again, with an ever expanding no-fail frame selection. Tip: if you do order prescription glasses online, make sure to ask your optometrist for your PD measurement—this is the distance between your pupils measured in millimeters. You'll need an accurate PD for the lenses to be properly aligned and avoid eye strain. Alternately, if you have a computer with a web cam, you can measure yourself on Warby Parker's website. I have a phobia of not being able to see/not having glasses, so I keep several pairs of distance glasses, a couple of reading glasses, sunglasses, plus lots of contact lenses around (remember the Twilight Zone episode "Time Enough at Last?").


Warby Parker Crosby



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