Oatmeal Cookies (NOT Coumadin Safe) and Chicken Marsala – Coumadin Safe

Let’s get this out of the way first.  I think I have won the “Bad Wife Award”, or at least I am in the running.

Joe wanted homemade Oatmeal Cookies and I did not want to make them.  He did his puppy dog eye thing but I stood firm.  Fact is, I’m about out of any desire for cooking.  It is no longer fun and is a chore now.  I think that is one of the requirements for the Bad Wife Award.  Be reluctant to feed our family.

So I just flat out said, “You want cookies, make them yourself.”  And by golly he did 😀

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Read the recipe and instructions fully.

Reading the recipe

Okay, I did take out all the ingredients so they would be at his fingertips.  And I put everything away when he was done using them, but I was not going to make them.

Two cups all purpose flourTwo cups of all purpose flour.  Joe’s cups were not totally full with the excess scraped off with the back of a knife.   I had to say something about not using the proper amount of flour.

So he just dumped the remainder of the bag in the sieve.

Just pour all of it inOkay, that works for me 😀

Next is one teaspoon of Baking Powder.

One teaspoon of Baking PowderFollowed by one teaspoon of Baking Soda.

One teaspoon of Baking SodaLast of the dry ingredients is one teaspoon Salt.

One teaspoon of SaltSift the dry ingredients through the sieve.  It is important to slop some of the flour mixture outside the bowl and into the sink.  Makes for lighter cookies.

Sift the dry ingredientsSet the dry ingredients aside and take a rest.

Rest after sifting the dry ingredientsBad Wife Award requirement #2 – make sure the table surface is full to overflowing.  Okay back to making the cookies.

Set two sticks of unsalted butter and two whole eggs out to warm to room temperature before starting this step.  It helps if they are set out before leaving the house for dinner at a Chinese restaurant.

In a mixing bowl drop one cup of Unsalted Butter in.

Two sticks of Unsalted ButterFollowed by two whole eggs.

Two whole eggsAdd one cup of white sugar.

One cup of white sugarIt is not necessary to have the cup properly filled with sugar.  There can still be more cup than sugar.  This makes for less calorie dense cookies.

Next is one cup of packed Brown Sugar.

One cup of packed Brown SugarNow it is important to note the use of Splenda Brown Sugar.  The combination of regular white sugar and Splenda Brown Sugar negate the hyperglycemic properties of the sugar dose.  One bad sugar and one good sugar cancel each other out.

One cup of packed brown sugar, with a little extraThe extra Splenda Brown Sugar is to ensure the nutrient value is in the excellent range.

The last ingredient is two teaspoons of Vanilla.

Two teaspoons of VanillaTurn the mixer on and watch for a minute or two to make sure all the ingredients are being incorporated.

Make sure all ingredients are being well incorporated

Now go and rest a little while.  Yes, you will see this step numerous times.

Go take a rest for a few minutes

Get up from your rest and check the mixer.  Is it “Fluffy and light in color yet?”

Is it "Fluffy and light in color" yet?Nope, not yet.  Now would be a good time to measure and set aside the last ingredients.

Three cups of oatmeal.

Three cups of oatmealIf the cups are a bit heaping and not level that is a good thing.  Oatmeal is better for us than flour is.

Last of the ingredients is 1-1/2 cups of Raisins.

One and a half cups of RaisinsCheck the mixer for signs of “Fluffy and light in color”.

Check for signs of "Fluffy and light in color"Now might be a good time to take another rest.

Take another rest period.Is it “Fluffy and light in color” YET?

Is it "Fluffy and light in color"?FINALLY!  Good grief.  Making cookies is really hard work.

Okay now comes the serious question time.  The mixture has finally become “Fluffy and light in color”.  It is time to add the flour ingredients.

Joe:  What would happen if I just poured the flour in while the mixer is going pretty fast?

Me:  Not much.  You’d just have a white face and I’d have a wonderful photo to add to my blog.

Bad Wife Award Requirement #3 – Do all you can to embarrass the husband.  Make suggestions that would be photo ops to put him in a bad light.

Dang, he slowed down the mixer to add the dry ingredients.

Slowly add the dry ingredients.Use a spatula to get the flour off the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl.

Scrape the bowl with a spatula to get all the flour incorporatedAfter all the flour has been mixed well and incorporated it is time to add the oatmeal and raisins.

Add the oatmeal and raisins to the flour and butter mixtureAllow the mixer to incorporate the oatmeal and raisins into the flour, sugar, and egg mixture.

Mix the oatmeal and raisins well into the cookie doughStop the mixing and get as much of the dough out of the beaters as you can.  Find the button to release the beaters.  Once button is found, press hard on the button.  Enlist the aid of bystanders (me) to remove the beaters.

Scrape and remove the beaters from the mixerNow you have to decide if it is time for a rest or if it is time to begin scooping the dough onto the cookie sheets sprayed with a cooking spray.

Nope, the cookie scooping won out.

Scoop and drop the dough onto a cookie sheetHis scoops were different sizes using the “Two Spoon” technique.  I gave him a small scooper thingy to use on the remaining dough.

Use a scooper thingy for more even sizes of cookiesPut the cookie sheets in the oven and allow to bake for 11 to 13 minutes.

Put the cookies in the ovenAnd now take a much needed rest from all the hard work.  He deserves it 😀

Take a rest between insertion of cookies into the oven and removal of baked cookiesAnd voila.  Cookies.  Homemade Oatmeal Raisin cookies made by Joe.  Truth to tell, he enjoyed this foray into baking and has printed off recipes for Chocolate Chip cookies and some Chocolate Chip and Oatmeal cookies.

He won’t be making them today.  That will be on another day when he has recovered from this strenuous task.

Cookies cooling on a rack

Now for the Chicken Marsala – Coumadin Safe.

I don’t own a meat tenderizer or mallet.  I use a sauce pan to whack the fool out of the meat.  Place chicken breast on a piece of Saran Wrap and cut the breast in half.  This is for two servings, you will need more chicken if there will be more servings.

Place another piece of Saran Wrap over the cut chicken and commence pounding the dickens out of the meat.  Whack away until you have an even thickness and the chicken meat has doubled in size.

Use a sauce pan to pound the meatEven thickness of the pounded chicken breast.

Pound until the chicken has doubled in sizeThe side dishes for the Chicken Marsala are Low-Sodium Mashed Potatoes and Herbed Zucchini.

This meal contains the following:

Chicken Marsala – Vitamin K:  12 micrograms – Potassium:  228 milligrams – Calories:  188

Low Sodium Plain Mashed Potatoes – Vitamin K:  2 micrograms – Potassium:  532 milligrams – Calories:  119

Herbed Zucchini – Vitamin K:  26 micrograms – Potassium:  321 milligrams – Calories:  51

Chicken Marsala, Low Sodium Mashed Potatoes, Herbed Zucchini

Money shot of the Chicken Marsala.

Chicken MarsalaMoney shot of the Herbed Zucchini.  I also have Yellow Squash mixed in.  One small zucchini and one small yellow squash.

Herbed ZucchiniJoe loves zucchini.

Joe's dinner plate

NOT!

Joe hates zucchiniSo I made him Corn on the Cob .

Corn on the cob

Okay, did I win?  Did I win?  The Bad Wife Award?  When does it come?

Hope you all have a great day.

Leslie

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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

2 responses to “Oatmeal Cookies (NOT Coumadin Safe) and Chicken Marsala – Coumadin Safe

  • gardenpinks

    Those cookies look scrummy Joe and well done on getting them mixed and cooked. Rod does most of the cokking here now but I don’t think he has ever made a cake or cookies! Perhaps it is just as well cos then I can’t eat them 🙂
    Oh I’m with Joe on zucchini – we call them courgettes so you use the Italian word for baby marrows and we use the French word 😀 The best thing to do with them s chop them into pieces and then put them on the compost heap LOL Although do have a rather nice curry recipe which uses courgettes and they are edible then. I’d rather go with the sweetcorn for sure! Reminds me we have two corn on the cobs in the veg basket waiting to be eaten.
    I shall have to check out how much a bottle of Marsala costs or just use a cheap white wine!

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Those cookies are so good! He did a fantastic job on them 😀

      Don’t worry about buying the “Marsala” wine. I used some strange red wine that Joe has had in the refrigerator for months and months.

      I love most squashes. I don’t care for the spaghetti squash though. You had me laughing out loud!! Chop them up and put them in the compost 😀 LOL! Get yourself wrapped around a butter slathered, salt and peppered sprinkled, ear of corn. Nothing better than having butter on the end of your nose and the tip of your chin. Course, then there is Joe. He is delicate 😉 He cuts the kernels from the cob most times so he doesn’t get the silks in his teeth 😀

      If you do cook this recipe, let me know how it went over.

      Love you – Leslie

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