I don’t feel like myself this week. I feel more like a midwestern mom with four children and a pastor husband. Not my quirky rebellious northwestern self with an only child and a tech for a spouse.
I’m not entirely crazy. Really. Ok maybe I am. Though I bet it has to do with the food and less with my losing my mind. This week I’m living life through someone else’s victuals. Things I’ve never made and never really thought of. Meals with a very mid-west twang. Can I say twang for midwestern food? Probably not.
My assignment is to shoot a five day menu of a woman who lives and cooks many states away. It feels like acting. I can almost envision myself becoming a better person. Well, let’s not go that far, but I am having fun and this is a good reminder of how vast our country’s food roots are. Sometimes I forget when I don’t travel out of my northwest corner enough.
I haven’t spent much time in the midwest exploring their food culture, but it’s on my bucket list. For several years I’ve dreamed of eating my way through the Minnesota State Fair. If I ever get there I’ll be sure to buy pants three sizes too big and an extra large passenger ticket for the plane ride home.
Weetabix Butterscotch Cookies
These cookies are a variation on an old Weetabix Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. I called the company, but the recipe is so ancient no one can remember the origin.
4 Weetabix cereal, crushed
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¾ cup butter, softened
½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
¼ cup granulated sugar
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup butterscotch chips
1. Mix together crushed Weetabix, flour, soda and salt
2. Cream together butter and sugars. Beat in vanilla and egg. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Stir in butterscotch chips.
3. Drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto an ungreased baking sheet and bake at 350 for 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on baking sheet for about 2 minutes, then transfer to cool completely.
Makes about 32 cookies.
Recipe adapted from the Weetabix recipe collection. Picture by Laura Flowers.