Irresistible Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Last weekend, I did something I never in my life thought I would do – I ran a Tough Mudder.  For those of you not aware of the “Tough Mudder Competition” I encourage you to check it out on YouTube as it’s highly entertaining to watch.  The race is a 12 mile obstacle course, consisting of treks through uneven terrain, running through fire, jumping into ice baths, crawling through mud, running through an electric shock field, the list goes on.  The obvious question here is, “Why would anyone ever want to do that?”  Good question!  The answer is pretty simple:  I am terrible at peer pressure, and I have a serious fear of missing out.  FOMO as they call it.   Continue reading

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Sour Cherry Chocolate Chip Cookies

ImageIs it just me, or did summer seem to fly by? I’m sure I probably say this every year right around Labor Day, but for some reason, this summer seemed to move particularly fast.  Though normally I’m a bit sad to see summer close up shop, the crisp, perfect fall air that we’re starting to experience in New York is getting me very excited for the coming months, particularly for all the amazing things I can make in the kitchen.  If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big advocate for cooking and baking with fresh, local ingredients when I can – and in order to do that, most produce has to be in season.  Of course I love all the fruits and veggies that summer provides, but most of my favorites actually come into season in the fall:  crisp apples, sweet acorn squash, and tart cranberries are just a few ingredients I’m already dreaming up recipes for.   Continue reading