Tuesday, March 18, 2014

National Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day - Mar. 18th; Chef Judy Rodgers

Chef Judy Rodgers (1956-2013)
Judy Rodgers was a James Beard award-winning chef and author of the Zuni Café Cookbook, based on her San Francisco restaurant. Like many others, she began her love affair with food in France, where she was an exchange student in high school, living with the Troisgros family, who were 3-star Michelin restaurateurs. She met Alice Waters in 1978, and began cooking lunches at Chez Panisse. She joined the staff at Zuni Café in 1987 as chef and co-owner. Her death in 2013 was a tragic loss for the culinary world.

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March 18th is Lacy Oatmeal Cookie Day, or more simply, "Lace Cookies." I have only made these once myself, when I was in high school. Because they require some finesse, and at that time I had none, I pretty much wrote them off as a pain in the butt to make. These cookies spread a lot, and they're sticky. They don't want to come off the cookie sheet, especially if you're not using parchment paper (how did I ever bake without parchment paper? that stuff is amazing!) and they will become misshapen messes if you try to remove them from the cookie sheet too soon. This is one of those recipes you will want to add cautionary notes to: Use a greased cookie sheet (or parchment paper) and allow to cool for a few minutes before removing.

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