When the going gets tough…

…the tough bake cookies. Orange Congo squares, to be precise.

This has been a difficult couple of weeks, being constrained for time (my own fault, over-booking, etc.) and there seems to be no end in sight. And over-used hands are rebelling with swelling and pain at unexpectedly sharp, persistent levels.

So. What to do in my self-imposed hour or so off duty when knitting brings tears instead of calm? Bake? Sure, why not?

I give you (and the freezer) our latest installment in Sharon Tyler Herbst’s The Joy of Cookies: Orange Congo squares, an exotically named blondie with orange zest and juice concentrate.

I’ll not get all postcolonial on you regarding the use of the word Congo to connote exotic and otherness. These are cookies with an uncomfortable name to my postmodern ear, however they are cookies, just cookies. And they are very good. Chewy, nutty, fragrant, rich and chocolaty — with apologies to Wm. Shakespeare — “‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy.”


About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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