All it took to get me experimenting was a mention about a remembered cookie from Trader Joe's by a friend. The mythical cookies were chocolate-covered pomegranate oatmeal cookies. Considering I had a pomegranate and dark chocolate chips in the pantry.... They are delicious.
I was just reflecting that over the past two months my cooking has improved remarkably. Which isn't to say that I was a bad cook previously, I was just inconsistent. My husband would come home, see what was for dinner, and say "Ex-peeer-iment!" (Proper pronunciation requires a falsetto/vibratto on "-peeer-")
Hint: that was never a compliment.
So what changed? I haven't stopped experimenting and trying new recipes. My problem previously was a focus on an end product, without concentrating on the intervening steps. When you just want something done, but you aren't focusing or enjoying the process, you aren't going enjoy the result, either. That is your deep thought for the day.
So, do you want to know how to make your own fabulous Choco-Pom Oatmeal Cookies?
Choco-Pom Oatmeal Cookies
makes 40 cookies
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 sticks butter, softened
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3 cups old fashioned oats
Separate the seeds of your pomegranate. Melt the chocolate, and stir the pomegranate seeds into the chocolate, coating each seed. Spread onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and let the chocolate set. This works best if you spread the chocolate coated seeds as thin as possible. Once the chocolate is set, break into the smallest clusters possible.
Heat the oven to 350F.
Beat the butter and sugars together until creamy. Add eggs and almond extract and beat well.
Combine flour, soda and salt; add to the egg mixture and mix well.
Stir in the oats, followed by the choco-pomegranate seeds and the pecans.
Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of batter onto a baking sheet. Bake for 12(ish) minutes until the cookies are a nice golden brown.