Welcome to Chi-Town

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Hello everyone! I have good news! I now have Internet and can blog again. It’s been a long past few days. Not having Internet or any television is awful and depressing. I don’t like being cut off from the world like that.

I’m glad I have the Internet, because now I can study up on Chicago streets and the CTA lines.  Speaking of which, I’m watching the L pass by from my window. I’ll probably be taking the bus most places, because it’ll be more convenient for me. I rode the bus yesterday for the first time, and it was awful – awful, because I made a horrible mistake. It was such a stupid mistake, I don’t even want to talk about it. 

So let’s see, it’s been a while… Thursday and Friday were sad because we had to say goodbye to our family and friends. I tried not to think about it much. Thinking about not seeing them makes me sad. We’re going to try and call/text/email/facebook each other as much as possible. I can’t feel too sad though, because I’m lucky to have this opportunity to live and study in Chicago. I’m incredibly lucky that Eric wanted to move to Chicago with me and found a job. I’m hoping this next year will be a fun and exciting one.

Saturday was moving day. Eric’s parents were kind enough to drive us and the U-Haul to Chicago, and help us move our things into our apartment. We couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks, guys!

So now we’re just unpacking, settling in, and figuring out the area. We’re loving it.
I’ve decided I’m going to have a separate page where I write about day-to-day experiences in Chicago, to update my family and anyone else who cares to read it. I’m sure I’ll write about food, but I won’t be posting recipes. I’ll save the recipes for the main page.  The problem is, I want a separate page with multiple blog posts in it, but I can’t figure out how to do that without the posts being on the main page.  Hmm.

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Chewy Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Cornflake Cookies – a creation I came up with by using up a lot of odds and ends in the kitchen.  Theses cookies are chewy, crisp, and buttery.  The chewiness comes from the marshmallow in the cookie.  The crispiness comes from the cornflakes.  The buttery flavor… comes from the butter.  Ha!

Milk chocolate chips go well with mallows, so there you go.  Not a bad cookie invention, if I do say so myself. 

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Chewy Milk Chocolate Marshmallow Cornflake Cookies

6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups cornflakes
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups mini marshmallows
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.  Coat cookie sheets with cooking spray.

In a large mixing bowl, using a mixer on medium speed, beat together butter, sugar and corn syrup up until creamy - about 1 minute.  Beat in egg, vanilla, baking soda, baking powder and salt until combined - about 1 minute.  Beat in cornflakes until combined.  Reduce mixer speed to low and beat in flour until combined.  Stir in marshmallows and chocolate chips until combined.  Chill dough for 30 minutes in the freezer.
Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto cookie sheets, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart (these cookies spread a lot).  Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes before transferring to wire racks.

Makes about 1 dozen cookies
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34 comments:

  1. YAY for settling in! I hope you love Chicago and I can't wait to hear about all your adventures. :) Good luck to both of you!

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  2. Those cookies look scrumptious - I love chocolate and marshmallows. Looking forward to your Chicago page as well - I just love that city and will be living vicariously through your adventures! :)

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  3. I wouldn't worry about making silly mistakes on public transport. I've done ti many I time. The classic being I got on the right bus, but going in the worng direction! Opps.

    The cookies look great and love the added cornflakes. Hope you settle in well, its bound to be daunting at first

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  4. Aw, I'm happy for you guys! Sounds like such an exciting time for you. Study those street maps, get to know your new city!

    Cornflakes and marshmallows AND milk chocolate in a cookie? Yum!

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  5. Love your cookies.... Are these inspired by the cookies of Milk Bar????? Glad your are ok in Chicago!

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  6. I'm envious -- Chicago is one of my favorite cities, and I've always wanted to live in the city. So excited you're going to live your dream of going to culinary school!

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  7. I stumbled upon one of my favorite grocery stores in Chicago by getting on the wrong bus. Hang in there!

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  8. So excited for you! I think with Blogger, you are going to have to make another blog and link to it. Pages won't do separate posts like what you're wanting. You can just upload the same design, so it will look like one blog. Does that make sense?

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    1. Yes, it does. Thanks, Lorie! Another reason why I should've went with Wordpress...

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  9. I'm so excited for you and Eric. I will be looking forward to your Chicago page and following your adventures. These cookies look really good too!

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  10. We wish you all the best in your new life in Chicago and look forward to herring about your adventures in cooking school.

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  11. Hapy to hear you and Eric made it safe and sound to Chicago. I am sure the coming year will hold lots of fun adventures, new experiences and transportation mistakes you will one day have a good laugh about.I am wondering where you and Eric have settled and look forward to hearing about all your discoveries.
    These cookies look yummy...a recipe to try soon for sure.

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    1. I laughed about it today, so I guess I'm over it now!

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  12. Yay for Chicago! I know settling in can be hard, but it sounds like you are adjusting well! I'm jealous of you being able to explore and i'm sure try out all the new restaurants and bakeries at your fingertips! You should try Roeser's Bakery. It is owned by one of my great friends in college, John Roeser. If you stop by, ask for the younger John and tell him Lindsay Allen says hi!! Good luck with everything!

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    1. Lindsay, I will absolutely say hello for you! I'm going to check out that bakery on Facebook and see where it is.

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  13. Congrats on the big move! Chicago is one of my favorite cities because there's so much to do and see and so many great places to eat! I'm anxious to follow you on your journey (: Enjoy!

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    1. Come for a visit! The kids will love it.

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  14. Good luck on this big move! Sounds like you will be having a ton of fun and I think it would be interesting to hear about your not-so-food-related adventures in the new city! I've always wanted to visit Chicago so hearing about the city will be my way of getting there. My blog was originally going to be solely food based but it morphed into something more. I don't think there is anything wrong with that but understand the desire to maintain the original intent of the blog on the main page. Best wishes!

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    1. I completely agree. I think it's hard to maintain a blog and keep it the exact same way. It's impossible! People change and move on to new things. I think blogs who strictly post recipes and nothing else are kinda boring.

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  15. I'm glad your move went well! Enjoy living in the heart of the big city and take full advantage of it! Can't wait to hear how you're liking it!

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  16. I can't wait to hear what you have to write about Chicago! Don't worry about the CTA. It is confusing at first but I'm sure you will be a pro soon.

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    1. I successfully rode the bus three times today!

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  17. Welcome to your new home. So excited to start reading about your new adventures.

    My mother used to make cookies at Christmas that were sort of like Rice Krispie treats except they were made with corn flakes instead of Rice Krispies and were dyed green to look like wreaths. That's what these cookies remind me of a bit.

    (Don't tell Mom that I think yours like better though)

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  18. I agree with Lorie up there in the comments about creating a separate blog. At least that's how it is with Blogger. Bridget from Bake at 350 has a good example of what this looks like with her 'Savory' tab. http://www.bakeat350goessavory.com/ Good luck!

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    1. Yeah, I thought about it for a long time and couldn't come up with a way to do it. I didn't want to create another blog, but that is a good idea.

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  19. I'm so glad you're getting all settled in and such! And we all make mass transportation mistakes...I still do, and I've been riding it for 25 years!

    These remind me of compost cookies from Milk bar, which is ALWAYS a good thing!

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    1. Yes! I forgot about Milk Bar's cornflake cookies!

      Well that makes me feel better!

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  20. I loooove cornflakes an inordinate amount, considering many regard them to be the most boring breakfast cereal ever... anyway, I think they're awesome, and I even enjoy baking with them a lot! That is why this recipe sounds so appealing to me! Your cookies look really great and i can't wait to try these out for myself. :)

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