Saturday, May 24, 2008

Ser Chö Ösel Ling Retreat Center

An incredible group of people came together in order to celebrate the completion of the North Wing for the:
Ser Chö Ösel Ling Retreat Center
May 17, 2008
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Lama Michael Conklin

Trying to appear candid. (Left to right: Jessica, me)

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Monday, May 19, 2008

Siri J. Egeland

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Cornmeal-Thyme Cookies!

My housemate Jordan has made these several times and I have to say they are delicious.


Makes about 3 dozen
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup stone-ground yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup dried currants
1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; set aside. Whisk together flour, baking soda, cornmeal, and salt in a medium bowl.
Put butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; cream on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Mix in eggs, 1 at a time. Add flour mixture; mix on low speed until just combined. Mix in currants and thyme.
Using a tablespoon or a 1 1/2-inch ice-cream scoop, drop rounded balls of dough onto lined sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake, rotating and switching positions of sheets about halfway through, until pale golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer cookies, on parchment, to a wire rack. Let cool completely.

Lama Samten Is...

My hero!