Guest Post with A Thought for Food

by cakeduchess on February 21, 2011 · 51 comments

This impending week has been weighing heavily on me for the past month. I’ve been dealing with health issues since this summer.  This week will be full of appointments and a procedure. I thought it would be best to focus on what I have been trying to avoid all these weeks.

While baking is the way I usually relax, I decided a minor reprieve from my posts for a few days was much needed. The first person I asked to fill in was a dear friend whose blog inspires me and whose recipes entice me. We met this past summer when I first started blogging. He happened to be one of my first readers (besides my mom). He also was one of the few that left me comments. My husband decided to read my blog one night and asked me, “Chi e’ questo Brian?”. Translation: “Who is this Brian?” I reassured my hubby that he was just a friend that liked my baking. A happily married friend. His sweet comments encouraged me and kept me going when I was doubting if I should be doing a food blog.
Brian happens to be talented in every thing he makes. You may have come across his most recent post, European Hot Chocolate (it was in the Foodbuzz Top 9 last week!). Or his Ricotta Cheesecake!  When I visit Brian’s blog, I feel calmed by the thoughtful words he has chosen. I look forward to exploring his delicious recipes captured in his stunning photographs; each post is perfection!
I am in LOVE with his Chocolate Chip and Boozy Raisin Oatmeal Cookies! It doesn’t get better than rum soaked raisins and chocolate chips all in a scrumptious and buttery cookie! Thank you, Brian, for this wonderful recipe that you shared with my readers!
I am thrilled to introduce you to my sweet friend Brian, from A Thought for Food!

My deepest thanks go to Lora for asking me to write a guest post for her site.  I’m not exactly sure how we found each other (must have started with Twitter), but we have been in constant contact for many months now.  As you can see from her posts, Lora is an incredibly talented and thoughtful writer and baker.  She cooks with so much soul and her stories are always so touching.

I knew that it wouldn’t be hard to come up with a recipe to share with all of you, because Lora and I are very similar in terms of the things that we enjoy cooking.  Even during our childhood, food played a role in our lives.  So we look to it to find comfort and as a way to express ourselves.

Whenever I am having a rough day or it’s miserably cold outside, I can always count on a batch of fresh out of the oven oatmeal cookies to brighten my day. In fact, I find the whole cookie-making process to be incredibly cathartic.  The preparation of the dough, getting your hands dirty as you scoop it out onto the baking sheet, the sweet, buttery smell that fills the whole house… how could that not make you smile?
This particular recipe comes from my friend Katie, who brought them to a little winter BBQ we held a few weeks ago.  She made two variations: one with chocolate chunks and one with dried cranberries.  They were some of the best oatmeal cookies I had ever eaten and I immediately asked to get the recipe. My version is slightly different, with the inclusion of some rum-soaked raisins.  I figured you can’t go wrong with boozing up a dessert.
And, now that I’ve tried the recipe myself, I can tell you that these will be my go-to cookies whenever I need to whip up a dessert for a party.  Hope you all enjoy!

Chocolate Chip and Boozy Raisin Oatmeal Cookies


2 cups flour
2 heaping cups oats
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar (do not pack)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
2 sticks butter (room temperature)
2 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla extract
3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cups raisins
2 tbsp rum

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl.  Cut the butter into tablespoon size hunks and mix into dry ingredients with your hands.  The mixture should be crumbly but starting to come together.  Then add the eggs and vanilla and continue to mix with your hands until everything is incorporated.

Place the raisins in a separate bowl and coat with the rum.  Let sit for five minutes.  Add the raisins and rum to the dough.  Add in the chocolate chips and mix in until incorporated throughout.

Bake them at around 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes for each batch.  Every oven is a little different and if you are using a baking stone you need the temperature a little higher than a baking sheet.

Thank you, Brian, for this wonderful recipe that you shared with my readers! Please take a minute to go on over to A Thought for Food and see the rest of Brian’s other incredible creations!

There’s one more thing I have to share with you! A Martha Stewart cookbook giveaway just because!

Just because I adore all of you. Just because you all make me smile.

Every Day Food: Great Food Fast

Here is a little description of the book ( courtesy of Amazon), “No matter how busy you are, at the end of the day you want fresh, flavorful meals that are easy to prepare. And you want lots of choices and variations—recipes that call for your favorite foods and take advantage of excellent (and readily available) ingredients. In the first book from the award-winning magazine Everyday Food, you’ll find all of that: 250 simple recipes for delicious meals that are quick enough to make any day of the week. Because a change in weather affects how we cook as much as what we cook, the recipes in Everyday Food are arranged by season.”

You will love this book!

1) If you are participating in the giveaway, leave me a separate comment telling me what is your favorite Martha Stewart recipe. If you don’t have one, just let me know you want to be a part of the giveaway.Smile
2) To get an EXTRA chance to win this INCREDIBE book, go on over to Brian’s blog and say hello.SmileI will count that comment as an extra chance when the winner is chosen randomly.
3) The contest is open to US and Canadian residents.
3) This giveaway ends on Thursday, 10 PM EST, 2/24/11.

Good luck to all of you!Thank you for your good thoughts and prayers. It means the world to me.SmileI’ll be back with another sweet recipe at the end of the week!

{ 51 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels February 21, 2011 at 4:23 am

Oh my these cookies look incredible! Rum soaked raisins in oatmeal raisin cookies?! Yes please. :) And chocolate chips make them even better. Brian this recipe is truly amazing and I would have a very hard time not eating all of the cookie dough. Thank you for doing a guest post for Lora, you are just too sweet :)


Nina | Salt February 21, 2011 at 4:42 am

Fantastic guest post and photos! Cookies look wonderful!


Monet February 21, 2011 at 4:51 am

Hi Lora and Brian…two of my very favorite people. I’m so glad to hear from you both tonight. Lora…you are in my thoughts and prayers this week. Brian…of course you know how to make me smile. I adore cookies! As for my favorite Martha recipe? I love her jam thumbprints. Thank you for sharing. I love you both!


scrambledhenfruit February 21, 2011 at 5:04 am

Sending good thoughts and prayers your way- I hope everything goes well for you this week.:) Brian’s cookies look really delicious- love the boozy raisins! I made a cookie recipe from martha some time ago involving a marshmallow and chocolate coating- don’t remember the name of it but it was really good!


Sandra February 21, 2011 at 5:12 am

Great guest post, fantastic cookies..hope that everything goes well this week for you!
Best wishes!


A SPICY PERSPECTIVE February 21, 2011 at 5:17 am

Wonderful guest post Lora; love the cookies!

Hope you are feeling better soon, my prayers are with you!


Jeannie February 21, 2011 at 5:36 am

Lovely post! That recipe sounds like a winner, bookmarking for future use:) Hopping over to Brian’s to check out his other recipes:D Hope you are feeling much better now Lora:)


notyet100 February 21, 2011 at 6:59 am

even i liked the hot chocolat post


Ilke February 21, 2011 at 11:01 am

Hope everything turns out great Lora…
I do not have a favorite recipe, the only one I made was for the Daring bakers last month.


Lizzy February 21, 2011 at 11:54 am

Oh, boy…love Brian’s twists on one of my favorite cookies!!! They look fabulous!

Thinking of you this week, Lora…and prayers for your good health. xoxo


Jan February 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Love the addition of “rum-ed” raisins!
I often make the white chocolate butterscotch drop cookies from Martha’s baking handbook (but I add extra toffee bits which totally makes them even better).


Nancy @ The Sensitive Pantry February 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Love the boozy raisins. I bet you could add boozy cranberries as an alternative. All kinds of possibilities. What would Martha do? I use Martha’s chicken soup recipe which she featured on one of her Sunday morning shows a while back.


Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean February 21, 2011 at 1:21 pm

i love pretty much all of martha’s cookie recipes :)


Alicia Marie February 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Martha’s cookies are awesome!


briarrose February 21, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I hope everything goes well. :)

What wonderful cookies….I adore the title.


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen February 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm

I love a recipe that I can mix with my hands, how fun! And of course a little rum never hurts either :-)

What a nice giveaway, I love all the recipes from Every Food, they are always so simple and tasty it would be hard to pick a favorite.

My thoughts are with you Lora, I hope everything goes well. – xoxo


bunkycooks February 21, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Hi Lorna,

I hope everything gets better soon. I can’t think of a particular Martha Stewart recipe that I use, but do enjoy her recipes and magazines.


homemadechocolatier February 21, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Best of luck with your health and procedure. We all have tough times and even though we’re all just cyber buds, we all still look out for each other.

i don’t have a favorite martha recipe, although i see so many things by her and think, “martha stewart, the home decorator, did that?” shows how much i know. and thank you for pointing out a new blog! welcome, brian!


Pretend Chef February 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Lora you are in my thoughts and wish you the best. Hope you get back to feeling better and for a speedy recovery. I love Martha Stewart. Her show was mine and my mom’s guilty pleasure. We were closet Martha fans. I’m envious of her recipes and presentation to the way she grooms her dogs. Is there anything this woman can’t do? This is a great giveaway with a good cookie recipe from Brian!


Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow February 21, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Yum! These cookies look amazing and sound amazing! Boozy raisins, I love it! Feel better Lora!


Elizabeth Ann (Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box February 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm

I love her chocolate pie! :-) and your blog! :-) I’m a new follower! ;-)


Evan @swEEts February 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Oh Lora I hope you’re doing okay and are feeling better very soon! You and Brian had me at
“Boozy”… these sound delicious :)

I love Martha’s Swiss Meringue Buttercream!


Pacheco Patty February 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I hope everything goes well and all of your worries are soon behind you ;-)
I like the idea of boosy raisins in oatmeal cookies, that sounds right!
I like Martha Stewart’s cookie recipes, especially her featured cookie of the month in her magazine;-)


Maria February 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Oatmeal cookies are my favorite. These look incredible!

I hope everything goes well. Thinking of you!


Eliana February 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm

My fav MS recipe is the chocolate chip cookie recipe in her Cookies cookbook. It’s easy, simple and always results in a AB cookie.

Thanks to you and Brian for this post. These cookies look amazing.


Cookin' Canuck February 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

I’m thinking of you, Lora and hoping that you heal quickly.

Brian, these cookies look fantastic. My mum is a big rum and raisin (ice cream) fan and I know that she would love these.


tastesbetterwithfriends February 21, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Two of my most favorite people appearing on the same blog! Each of you both cook and write with such warmth. Great cookies Brian (and Katie) and keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you Lora!

p.s. I don’t have a favorite Martha recipe, but maybe I would if I won the book ;)


Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) February 21, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Lora, I’m hoping your procedure goes well and your health improves with every day. Wishing all the best for you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers!

Brian, thank you for sharing this beautiful guest post, dedication to Lora and wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe! I love the idea of adding oatmeal and rum-soaked raisins! Sounds so yummy. Going over to check out your blog now.


Sommer J February 21, 2011 at 6:09 pm

This looks incredible! Loving everything about these cookies.

I hope you feel better soon. Great guest post :)


Toque Magazine February 21, 2011 at 6:27 pm

These look (and sound) terrific. I might try them without the chocolate chips. Drunken raisins are enough for me!


Carolyn February 21, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I love the boozy raisins in this. Fantastic! Great guest post.


Amelia PS February 21, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I am hopping over here from Brian’s post: what a great addition those boozy raisins!


Becky February 21, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Hope that you are feeling better soon. I love Brian’s boozy raisins in oatmeal cookies. A great guest blog.

My favorite Martha recipe is Hoisin Lime Salmon.


Savory Sweet Living February 21, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Lora, Hope you’re feeling better and it’s not anything serious. Wish you all the best.

Brian, wonderful cookies, they look delicious as ususal!


Barbara | VinoLuciStyle February 22, 2011 at 4:43 am

Lora know that I’m thinking of you, worrying a bit too and wish I could do more; even bring you a batch of these wonderful cookies. I’m known for adding a bit of booze to a lot of dishes so what can I say. A cookie? Absolutely.

Take good care…let me know if I can help.


Kathy Diaz (found baking) February 22, 2011 at 7:09 am

Mmmmm! Love me anything boozy when it comes to desserts. Nice seeing you here Brian!


Joanne February 22, 2011 at 12:27 pm

When I’m having a bad day, two things I crave are definitely booze. And cookies. And now i get to have both. Brian, you are my savior.


My Man' Belly February 22, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Wishing you the best Lora!

I hope Brian sent you a box of these cookies when he sent you the post. :)


Foodiva February 22, 2011 at 3:07 pm

You and Brian sound like two halves of a person, with many similarities and complements. I really dig his oatmeal cookie recipe with the drunken raisins! Great guest post, Brian. Hope your health will improve soon, Lora. Take good care of yourself!


Elizabeth February 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I JUST made oatmeal raisin cookies the other day — how could I have missed the chance to soak them in rum first?! I am in love with this idea and can’t wait to give these cookies a try. Great guest post!


Tanvi February 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I never thought of soaking raisins in rum ever.Thats a great great tip.Love these cookies.Thanks guys for sharing these cookies!


Grocery Alerts Canada February 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

She has so many good recipes – can’t pick just one!


Celine February 22, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Thanks for sharing this cookie recipe! I can’t wait to try it…and my hubby can’t wait to eat it!
As for one of my fave Martha recipes….a classic-chicken and dumplings!


BakingWithoutaBox February 22, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Keeping my fingers crossed for you. Brian’s post is wonderful. You know I always love some booze in the baking.


foodwanderings February 22, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Hey girlie and baby boi just reading bri’s guest post for the first time. first, Lora expect and dm or an email from me. I am crazed about oats and love this recipe. Happy to call both of you friends!! Mwah and great cooperation babes!


Lana February 23, 2011 at 7:04 am

I hope everything goes well this week. My thoughts are with you:)
I have a soft spot for rum and raisin combination, and oatmeal cookies always make me feel less guilty.
I love Brian’s photography and I am looking forward to reading more of his posts.
As for Martha Stewart’s recipes, I make her gingerbread cookies every holiday season, and they never disappoint.
Penso di te!


Elin February 23, 2011 at 8:49 am

Lora…thanks for introducing to us a great food blogger, Brian. Love this great oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips and rum soaked raisins…whoa I can imagine how great this cookies will taste like. Lovely !

Brian…thanks for sharing this great cookies. Love your blog :)


Just for the Fork of It February 23, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Those cookies are what I need at the end of a hard day. :)

Just discovered your blog and I’m now following you on Twitter. I now know who turn to for baking delights.

Love Martha but don’t have a favorite recipe. Maybe the cookbook will have my TBD fave recipe!


Magic of Spice February 25, 2011 at 5:52 am

Lora, I hope everything goes well for you and I am sorry to hear of your health issues. Big hugs!
This is a great guest post and the cookies look amazing :)


A little bit of everything February 25, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Lola, so sorry to hear about your health problems. I’ll keep you in my prayers.
Those cookies sound so good, would love a couple right now. thank you

have a wonderful Friday you two


Food Kingdom April 16, 2011 at 7:13 am
This is excellent, finally a food portal which understands what food lovers are looking for. Best wishes and congratulations to the Food Kingdom team!


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