Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Extreme Vanilla Bake Off 2007

So I have this vanilla obsession that started when I was about six years old. I loved baking cookies and my favorite part was adding the vanilla extract.
My mom would turn around and I'd secretly swipe the bottle and pour in an extra teaspoon or two. There was something so alluring about that little bottle, which never disappointed me in turning out the intoxicating aroma of extreme vanilla. While my obsession is now grounded in more age-appropriate products: PERFUME, STOLI and VANILLE (a fabulous online home/gift boutique), I still like to sprinkle in extra vanilla to my cookie dough just for kicks. And apparently, I'm not the only one. Enter cute crush of mine, whom, much to my delight, revealed yesterday that he also has a penchant for adding extra vanilla to cookie dough. Five minutes after exchanging this small detail, the Extreme Vanilla Bake-Off experiment was born: just how much of that rich, 35%-proof deliciousness could the cookie dough handle, we wanted to know? Perhaps my current read, The Biography of Julia Child (which I highly recommend!), had me in a scientific state of mind; perhaps I'm really just a sucker for a good challenge. Either way, the EVBO experiment is set for Saturday night, and I'm not sure what I'm more excited about: determining the vanilla threshold or my lab partner…

Homework: click here for extreme vanilla product and follow up next week for the science report.

1 comment:

I only run to eat chocolate cake said...

Men who are willing to step foot in the kitchen, let alone participate, are always ones to keep around. Even if the extent of their capabilities actually begins and ends on the back deck in front of the Weber BBQ…he is still well worth the investment. Having a grill master is almost as good as having a boyfriend. Almost.

Looking forward to an update on the Extreme Vanilla bake-off...