For those of you who are fans of young adult fiction, or fans of the Tuesdays with Dorie project, I offer you this, a parachute from our sponsor, Rick Katz's Double Chocolate Cookie:
"(When I tasted the cookie...) I was transported to one of my favorite places—The Chocolate Room (disclaimer, we know the owners). Now with two locations in Brooklyn, The Chocolate Room serves fantastic desserts, and we don’t get there nearly as often as we would like. Tammy's cookie was tasty and soft (much richer and chunkier than store bought), but the flavor and texture was not why eating it made me think of the cafe.
Taking a bite of that cookie was a moment for me to close my eyes, savor, breathe deep and then be transported to my “happy place.” The cookie triggered memories of being with friends and family, enjoying a treat made with love, and being in a safe place like The Chocolate Room. Nothing but smiles with chocolate-coated teeth. I’ll brush and floss later.
Tammy, and her cooking, often do this for me. She can make me forget about the stressful side of my career. The challenging work, the endless hours, the long commute, the non-stop environment of the office -- these things all melt away when I get home and there is food—made with love—on the table. Sometimes, I’ll admit, that feeling lasts just a moment before the kids climb on me, the blackberry buzzes, and the stack of bills catches my eye. But I have that moment."
He's a real gem, that MOTH. This alliance is one I plan to keep.
Meanwhile, the Thanksgivukkah preparation continues at a furious pace, so our time together is brief. Tick tock!
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