Useless (youngwilliam) wrote,
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Mama's Little Baby

Three shortbread recipes I'll be toying with in the near future:

Ming Tsai's Classic Shortbread

3 3/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. butter
1 2/3 c. sugar

2 tsp salt
2 tbsp vanilla
3 egg yolks

15-20 minutes at 325 degrees

Bon Appétit's Simple Shortbread

2 c. flour
1 c. butter
1/2 c. sugar

1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp vanilla

30 then 30 more minutes at 250 degrees

Fannie Farmer's Scottish Shortbread

2 c. flour
1 c. butter
1/2 c. confectioner's sugar

1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

20-25 minutes at 350 degrees

They're all about the same (the first one is pretty much twice the latter two), but the egg yolks in the first one sound like a promising addition. Not sure if I'd care for how much sugar is in the first one, though. Although I already asked over on FaceBook, anyone out there in TV Land have any tried and true shortbread recipes (moreso if you're Commonwealthy, better yet if you're Scottish)?

I'd toy around with other cookie recipes, but I'm pretty much all set in the cookie department by having shortbread and spicy gingersnaps under my belt (literally and figuratively).

PS: Don't try to swap out shortening for the butter. I mean, you'd think it'd work given that it's shortening bread, but well... yeah, don't. You end up with some things akin to if you boiled then baked some mushroom caps.



I finally got a new (well, new for me) computer from Paul! Alas, it's not quite as easy of a swap-out as I thought it'd be. I popped the hard-drive out and tossed mine in and... it didn't recognize either of the CD drives nor the EtherNet card. I plugged in my previous EtherNet card and CD drive, and it still didn't see them. Just to test, I put everything back into mine again and everything was hunky dory. I get the feeling this'll be a project to save for a weekend.

It was nice being able to cruise around with a Pentium 4 processor (my current one is running on a Pentium 2) for a few minutes, though? Mind you, I couldn't do much with it during those few minutes.



Today (the 20th) is the one-year anniversary of my meeting Priscilla, for better or for worse.

I know there were a few other things I meant to mention, but I can't recall what they were. I'm a few books into the Southern Vampire Mysteries (they've an interesting setup for were-things. A were-thing has a particular critter-type that they've an affinity for. If two were-things have a kid, the first-born is a were-thing but the rest aren't. Were-things can just be a person or a critter, but if a critter-form were-thing mauls a normal person, that person might become infected. If infected, they can't turn into a full critter but the half-person half-critter form, based on what sort of critter-form they were mauled by. Infected folks can also crank out were-kids if they hook up with another were-thing). Seems the origin of fairies having pointed ears might tie in with pointed ears being indicative of the being lacking a soul. This year's Goth Fly a Kite event finally has a poster/flier. If you don't mind Domino's pizza, the new Fiery Honolulu Hawaiian pizza's pretty good (if you consider Hawaiian pizza with red and green peppers, jalapeños, and Tabasco to be "pretty good"); a far cry better than their abandoned Oreo Pizza idea, although that's not saying much. On Monday, SciFi is showing a marathon of old school Land of the Lost. Yep, I don't think any of those were the aforementioned things.
Tags: priscilla
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