It pleases me that October is National Cookie Month. America doesn't have enough national holidays. We need to slow down and celebrate the good things more often, the good things, like cookies.
Oreos called to me as a child, along with the famous chocolate chip. Being a purist, I didn't tear my Oreo apart to eat it. That's like eating spaghetti without the sauce. I liked filling my mouth with the cookie and cream, chewing it up a bit and then washing it down with a glass of milk, chocolate, if you please. I think, though, my desire for them was pressed on me by others who enjoyed them -- like aunts, Mom, and grandparents. For once I found the oatmeal raisin cookie, I was gaga for them. Add a little cinnamon...yum....
I like my cinnamon oatmeal raisin cookies to be a little chewy and thin, with crisp edges. Oh sure, I've eaten some frosted oatmeal cookies, Mint Milanos and ginger snaps but I swear I didn't taste them. Yes, some fancy things, like lemon with white chocolate and pistachio nuts will seduce me to sample them but I'm faithful to cinnamon oatmeal raisin cookies...mostly.
My wife, however, dislikes raisins. While I love all sorts of raisins, all sorts of raisins disgust her. They're right up there at the top of her disliked foods with lima beans and peas. She doesn't like their mushiness. How she can say that and enjoy figs...well, taste buds can really contort our preferences.
Oreos and chocolate chip cookies never spoke to her. A fig fan, she enjoys Fig Newtons, with her favorites being Fig Newmans. For more traditional flavors, she enjoys peanut butter cookies. She makes a mean peanut butter cookie but says, there's nothing to them, they're so easy.
Personally, I'm ambivalent about figs and leave them to her to eat. I will eat Fig Newmans or Fig Newtons if they're available. If we're confessing and this is just between us, I'll probably eat any cookie put in front of me. I'll even reach for them if I need to do so.
I guess I'm funny that way.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com