Final Day of Cookie Bookie Week
To Kill A Mockingbird is no casual spooky read; the inhumanity of Bob Ewell and the ignorance of the jury draw the reader into a dizzying moral outrage. Yet it is counterbalanced by the graceful dignity of Tom Robinson and the integrity and forbearance of Atticus, leaving the reader with an inspired sense of what mankind can be. This is an important one, so don't skip reading it. Even if you know it well, it's worth reading again and again. And in this rare case, the movie is just about as good as the book. Thanks for coming to Cookie Bookie Week. I've only scratched the surface her on my favorite October reads; I didn't even get started on Sherlock Holmes. There's always next year for more. And please don't forget October poetry, too. My favorite spooky reads are "Ode to the West Wind," by Percy Shelly, a portion of Shakespeare's witches lines from Macbeth (Double, double, toil and trouble), Alfred Noyes' "Highway Man," Service's "Cremation of Sam McGee,and "Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven." Our treat to eat while reading today is a crackly soft ginger cookie. I've tinkered and toyed with this recipe for years, until finally creating this spicy and sweet gem. Most ginger cookies call for shortening to get the characteristic crackles, but I use canola oil with a little bit of sour cream in mine. You get a fabulous soft texture and pretty crinkly outside, with a taste that I prefer to shortening. In addition to the usual round up of spices, I've added some black pepper. It gives the cookies just a little kick, not to hot, not to peppery, just enough to wake up your taste buds. Thanks for enjoying cookie bookie week; now go read!