Thursday, 1 November 2007


Today I made delicious fall-inspired shortbread cookies. They were super buttery, light, and crisp. Here's the recipe from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything:

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg yolk
1 & 1/2 cups of flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 cup of finely ground walnuts

Using a mixer combine the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg yolk, then the flour, cornstarch, and salt, until the mixture barely holds together (this will take a few minutes). Roll the dough in a ball and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 275. Once the dough is chilled, you can just roll it into a log and cut thin rounds or roll out the dough on a floured board and cut the dough with cookie cutters. Bake for 30 minutes.


karen said...

Hi. Can't cook ,but I checked out "this is what i do" and I must say your art is charming. Here's something I learned after working many years in a greeting card "factory". People pick/choose a card for the art, but buy it for the verse/copy. You might want to add some copy...people are looking for just the right thing to say to one another. This advice is coming to you from an artist not a writer. What do you think?
Happy Nov. 1st!

Leigh said...

Hi Karen,
Thanks for the input, but I intentionally have little verse on my cards. A simple greeting only--so people can write what they want to say themselves without the card doing the work for them. I also like cards with lengthy verse sometimes, and maybe you know better what sells in the industry, but for my cards I'll stick to simple greetings for now--it seems to work for me!

caroline said...

hmpf. i don't agree with karen at all. i rarely even buy cards because the verses are so ridiculous or over the top. i much prefer a beautiful card, that is produced tastefully and simply. i want to write my own message. we all have our own opinions, but leigh, i love your work, and it's obviously working for you so you know what you are doing. and you don't work in a "factory", you work in "notes, ink"

The Pickled Hutch said...

I never buy for the verse unless I have no other options. I prefer a beautiful exterior as that is the first impression for the receiver. And I agree, writing my own sentiment is much more intimate and personal. I love the gentle whimsy of your cards. nd not just because I'm prejudiced!

fleur said...

I never buy for the verse either. It's usually wrong for what I want, though I might like the illustration, and that's frustrating.

The cookies are giving me the munchies!