So many people ask me to cook for them. I end up cooking for a small percentage of those people. Some times, the people I most want to cook for, have no interest in trying my food. I don't particularly like when girls ask me to cook them food, though I get that often. At this point, I obviously don't own a restaurant, and my cooking for people won't make me money. My cooking is not part of our free trade economy. It's a gift. I love cooking, and I love making people happy, but please don't tell me to cook for you. I'm not yet a chef who gets paid to do these things. I'm a regular kid who invests his time to do something for you. Remember that.
My second point. The people I most want to cook for are people who will understand and appreciate what I've done for them. I love to give the "pumpkin dessert connoisseur" my pumpkin creations. I would love to cook more often for my buddy who loves good food, and would love my braises. I'm not too interested in cooking for my friends who are on the "pasta and apples diet." Just the other day, I was talking to a friend about Osteria (gourmet pizza and pasta restaurant I previously staged at). I asked her if she liked it. She hadn't. I asked her why. She replied by saying "It was so gross they had an egg on top of a pizza!" I'm not jumping to cook for her either.
A few weeks ago I made the cookies pictured above for one of my best friends. She hadn't asked or expected anything. That's how you know I like you.
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 stick unsalted butter, cold, cut into small pieces
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup M&M's*
1 cup walnuts or pecans, toasted and chopped
1. Preheat oven to 300, and cover three baking sheets with parchment.
2. Cream the butter and both sugars.
3. Add in the egg, vanilla and baking soda.
4. Combine the flour and salt, then add them to the mixture.
5. Mix in the chocolate chips, M&M's and nuts.
6. Make the cookies as big or small as you want.
7. Bake for around 18 minutes.
*Dave uses 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips, but I like the crunch of M&M's, and I knew this girl liked M&M's.
Oh, and I hope I'm not coming off as a jerk who doesn't like to cook for anyone. Quite the opposite actually.