I often wonder if Food Network (and other networks that have shows all about food!) has had an effect on our country’s obesity epidemic. I mean, how many times have you watched the Food Network and started craving something…like cookies? Or pasta? Or a big juicy steak? You can’t deny that it’s happened at least once, maybe even without your awareness. This is exactly what happened to me the other day. I was sitting on the couch watching one of the shows on cake making, and I all of a sudden got the urge to make cookies. I remembered this recipe for Pumpkin-Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies, that Grace had posted back in October (ok, I had written it down, my memory isn’t that good!) and I knew I just had to make them. My plan was to make them my own and add some new ingredients as a way to clean out the kitchen. Here is what I had;
A large canister of oats, with only a bit left
Random golden raisins
A bit of mini chocolate chips
Some carob chips
A few walnuts
- 1 cup pureed pumpkin (or pureed sweet potato or butternut squash)
- ¾ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup soft butter
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1-3/4 cup oats
- 1.5 cup brown rice flour
- ½ tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1.5 cups add-ins (I used; ¼ cup chocolate chips, ¼ cup carob chips, ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup golden raisins)
- Preheat oven to 375
- In a medium bowl mix together the two sugars, flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
- Add the soften butter and blend well.
- Add the beaten egg and the pumpkin
- Add the oats and the 1 cup of add-ins
- Use a spoon to form cookies as you normally would with chocolate chip cookies, and put them on a greased cookie sheet.
- Bake for 10-12 minutes.
So at least I didn’t make a really bad-for-you cookie after sitting and watching cake designers make a three teared cake with buttercream and chocolate candies on top….I mean…considering how much I was craving a piece of cake after watching that show, these cookies have some pretty good stats! And, while they didn’t taste like a buttercream cake, they were delicious (even Nick approved of them, and is actually asking me to make them again!).
QUESTION: Which food show on television really increases your appetite?! For me it’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Also Top Chef.