Interstellar Adventures

December 17, 2006

Six Eclectic Things About InterstellarLass & The Cookie Finalist

Filed under: It's Me, Lass,Memes & Quizzes,Real Good Food — by InterstellarLass @ 10:26 pm

I’ve been tagged by Buttercup and Bean to reveal six eclectic/weird/unusual things about myself. Oh where to start!

1. I have a ‘thing’ about hangers and the way clothes hang in the closet. With the garment front facing you, the hanger hook should be open to the left side. It really bugs me when clothes are hung backwards. Clothes on the right side of the closet face the back of the closet, while clothes on the left side face the front of the closet.

2. I love to have my feet and toes played with. I will beg Nick to rub my feet and put his fingers between my toes to stretch them out. I also like to have my toes pulled. Too weird? Sorry. Forget I said that.

3. I have an obsession with counting. Almost OCD-ish. If I have to count things, I will count them at least three times before I’m convinced I correctly counted. This sometimes makes for slow knitting.

4. I don’t like for my food to touch on my plate. Meat! Stay away from vegetable! And if there are sauces running together? Fuggedabouttit. And I eat things one at a time. And I have a really hard time with leftovers too.

5. I remember completely useless pieces of trivia. What was the name of the book Bilbo Baggins wrote? There and Back Again. What year was the catalytic converter first required on cars? 1975. Yeah, but ask me to remember the name of a person I met five minutes ago or what I had for lunch, and I have no clue.

6. I can stand the sight of blood, I can watch surgeries on TV all night long, and I can even eat while watching. But put a needle or a scalpel in front of me and cut the skin, and I freak out. I really think I could have been a doctor if I could have always had someone else to do the sharp instrument part of it for me.

There you have it! The six strangest, eclectic things about me. If you feel the inclination, consider yourself tagged! I love learning about people’s little idiosyncrasies.

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On Saturday, I went to my friends’ Annual Cookie Exchange. Mmmm. We had Chocolate Turtle Cookies, Snickerdoodles, Snowballs, Yin-Yangs (white and chocolate cookies), and traditional decorated Sugar Cookies. My contribution to the event were Meyer Lemon Ricotta Cookies. Laura at Vitamin Sea gave the link on her site to a slew of butter cookie recipes and these were perfection.

I’d never heard of Meyer Lemons before, but they are evidently ‘specialty’ lemons. Their juice is darker, they are jucier lemons, and the juice is sweeter, not quite as tart as a regular lemon. I ended up finding them at Central Market. I looove Central Market. It is food heaven. Just walking in the place makes you want to cook. I think these are only in Texas right now, but all the rest of you don’t know what you’re missing. They’re at the same level as Whole Foods, but my personal opinion is that CM is better.

Anyway, back to the cookies. I only ended up making two modifications to the recipe. I bought three of the Meyer lemons. Out of the three lemons, I ended up with more than enough juice, but nowhere near the 3 tablespoons of zest called for. I don’t have a ‘real’ zester, so I use a fine grater. I ended up with about 1-1.5 tablespoons of zest, but once the cookies were done, I think it was plenty. I wouldn’t buy more lemons (@ $3.99 per pound!) just to get more zest, because the juice would go to waste, unless you could find some other way to use it. Also, I used white nonpareils to decorate the cookies rather than the silver dragees. Another specialty product, I was too cheap to spend $16.99 for a 3 oz bottle of dragees. The French can keep their non-edible cookie decorations! I would also caution you to be very careful with the icing if you make it. I added a bit too much juice, and my icing was a little bit too runny. Next time I will err on the side of being too thick rather than too runny. These cookies are SOOO yummy! I hope you’ll try them.

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12 Comments »

  1. Those cookies sounds deliscious, I’ll have to try them.

    Want me to stretch your toes?

    Comment by Raehan — December 18, 2006 @ 12:17 am |Reply

  2. Hate my toes! but need them:>)

    Comment by wisbo — December 18, 2006 @ 3:13 am |Reply

  3. SIXTEEN ninety nine for dragees??! I knew they were expensive but I’ve never checked the price tag. I’d have subsituted, too.

    I’ve never used Meyer Lemons either, so I’ll keep your advice in mind. Thanks also for the tip about the parchment paper for the cookie sheets. Honestly, i’ve never had this much problem with baking. It’s got to be the oven temp that is causing all the burning.
    good thing I”m not hosting Christmas dinner this year, lol.

    My sister in law is the same way about food touching on her plate… Now that I’ve read your comment, maybe she’s not so weird after all. (g)

    I do the recount thing all the time, especially if i’m counting money or checks. I’ll count, recount and just before I get to the teller to make a deposit, I have to recount. At least I don’t get urges to get up in the middle of the night to count it all…then it really WOULD be OCD.
    Or maybe it’s cause I rarely have money on hand to do so.. lol

    As for your coat hanger thing…it’s good you came out of the closet and admitted that…. 😉

    As for #5, you need to go on Jeopardy!!

    Comment by Laura — December 18, 2006 @ 6:36 am |Reply

  4. I believe #1 is considered OCD behavior, as well. I should know 🙂

    Do you talk to your food out loud? 😉

    Comment by Bone — December 18, 2006 @ 10:03 am |Reply

  5. Yikes, I’m with you on #’s 1 and 6 (yeah, I guess those are pretty weird), but don’t even THINK about pulling my toes!

    The cookies sound yummy, I’ve never heard of Meyer lemons either.

    Comment by AbbyNormal — December 18, 2006 @ 10:19 am |Reply

  6. Thanks for doing the meme! You should get together with my friend Wood b/c she loves cracking people’s toes and fingers. I can’t tell you how many times we were studying in law school and she had the urge to crack me. I’m too ticklish for that!

    The lemon cookies sound divine!

    Comment by buttercup — December 18, 2006 @ 11:44 am |Reply

  7. I count weird things too. Sometimes I start counting things I don’t need to count. It drives me crazy.

    Comment by jnewell — December 18, 2006 @ 12:39 pm |Reply

  8. Love Central Market!!

    And also love your weirdness. 🙂

    Comment by Gypsy — December 18, 2006 @ 1:12 pm |Reply

  9. #1 makes me think of “Mommy Dearest”.

    Comment by Carrie — December 18, 2006 @ 3:01 pm |Reply

  10. Oh dear God they sound devine!! I love Snickerdoodles, I love cookies, specially Christmas cookies. Maybe I’ll make some this year. I doubt it, but it’s the thought that counts. Yea, the toe thing…keep that to yourself. ;P

    Comment by carnealian — December 18, 2006 @ 5:57 pm |Reply

  11. Cookies sound devine – I’ll have to talk someone into making some for me (not a baking Goddess, I’m afraid).

    I’m with you on the toes – the hangers, I pay no attention – the blood thing yikes, I can’t even watch someone draw blood without wanting to pass out. The food touching thing is something I’ve noticed in others too – doesn’t bother me. My BIG thing is when people hover too close in stores, in lines and stuff like that – makes me feel like I’m being stalked. hehe
    WC

    Comment by writerchick — December 18, 2006 @ 8:33 pm |Reply

  12. Food MAY NOT TOUCH!!!! At Thanksgiving I sat down beside my sister’s boyfriend and he had everything piled in the middle of the plate. Two inches around of plate showing? WTH???? It was the green bean supreme ON TOP of the mashed potatoes that sent me over the edge. I went into the kitchen until he could straighten everything out. First time meeting me and he makes such a grave error? If he wasn’t hot, I would totally be voting him off the family island.

    Comment by Kristen — December 19, 2006 @ 8:23 pm |Reply


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