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I have no idea why it took me so long to make oatmeal raisin cookies. I have been missing the taste of fresh baked cookies and finally decided to come up with a good recipe. The thing that I learned through the process is that it’s actually pretty hard to mess-up oatmeal raisin cookies. I don’t usually have high hopes on the first batch of anything I try, but the first batch of these came out pretty good. The flavor was exactly what I was looking for and what I remember from baking cookies as a kid. Once I adjusted the moisture level they were perfect. I think they are somewhere between crunchy and chewy cookies, which is exactly how I like them. It may sounds weird, but salt content is actual one of my top criteria for amazing cookies. To me, these cookies have the perfect balance. They have just enough salt to bring out the flavor and compliment the sweetness of the brown sugar and raisins.

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My husband was the one who introduced me to Cajun food. He was born in Louisiana and, though he was too young to really remember any of it, I think it left him with a love for the food of the region. I was reluctant at first because I am not a huge fan of spicy food, but I find that Cajun food is more flavorful than just hot. Over the last few years, I have come to love dishes like jambalaya, shrimp creole, and of course gumbo. We have been using the words Creole and Cajun interchangeably for years, but we recently learned about the difference between the two. According to this article the basic difference is that creole food contains tomatoes and Cajun food does not. The article goes into more of the history of Louisiana cuisine, and describes creole food as “city food” and Cajun as “country food”. Both types of food have similar influences and use many of the same seasonings. We eat and enjoy both Cajun and Creole food, but I think we eat more gumbo than any of the other dishes.

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Introducing a baby to solid foods can be challenging, even without being limited by dietary restrictions. For Sweet Girl, the first food we gave her was mashed avocado and she took it like a champ. Ate all of it, just gagging a few times. It was a short lived success, though. After one experience with purees, she decided she didn’t need to try them again. We tried several more times, with little to no success, until we finally decided to try out finger foods. (more…)