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Happiness is...
...a tube of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough.

It has been a long time since I ate raw dough. I forgot how yummy it is.

I am: satisfied satisfied
Current Media: TiVo: Real TV

From: iwascaite Date: January 18th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
hmmm. cookies. I almost never have cookie dough (I prefer them baked to the crispy stage), I just feel too guilty when I realize I am about to consume a half stick of butter and follow it up by sucking the sugar bowl empty with a straw.

Hell, I can't lecture you, I'm the one making real cocoa in a mixing bowl and topping it with hand whipped real cream. Absolutely no way does the 4 minutes of whipping and stirring compensate for the calories (either fat or carbs). I am quite clear though on the ingredients and I am not eating any sodium benzoate or xantham gum or poly whatever.

I should have just let this go, now I am thinking about coconut-oatmeal cookies without raisins (have to make those myself, everyone else puts raisins in them, and I hate raisins more than shrimp--- gods that would be gross in oatmeal cookies) and thinking about the really cute fork lines that peanutbutter cookies get or the smooth texture of refrigerator cookies when you peel off the waxed paper. I'm even thinking about the Belgian chocolate chips cowering in the crisper drawer which would melt so nicely.

::grin:: Evil evil evil..... Just for that, I hope you get the music from Static Shock stuck in your head. (So irritating to have the nice instrumental bits from LOTR driven out by the Static themesong.) Naturally, you are thinking that I am more cruel than you are, you mentioned Pillbury, I mentioned a half dozen things.

zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 18th, 2004 10:43 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Funny you should mention that - I watched 11 or so episodes of Static Shock in the past day. They started showing it weekdays and I setup my TiVo to start grabbing it since I'd never really given it a chance before. And there was a new one on Saturday.

I kind of like it - though I can't remember the theme even after watching that many. Probably because I skip the opening credits. :-)
From: iwascaite Date: January 18th, 2004 10:52 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
It wasn't "funny", it's been your music for most of the recent postings.

I like most superhero cartoons. But an entire episode with Lil Romeo is more akin to punishment than entertainment. And yes, one does skip the opening credits, usually with the same mad scramble generated by the Enterprise theme music.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 18th, 2004 11:02 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Oh, heh, I do that so unconciously that I forgot about it completely. Duh, of course you'd've seen that. :-)
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From: iwascaite Date: January 18th, 2004 11:00 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Store bought cookie dough uses pasturized eggs. It says so on the package, or it has big warning labels saying the product must be cooked prior to consumption.

It is theoretically unsafe to eat anything containing raw eggs, which would preclude most homemade cookie dough. One can omit the eggs and safely consume the raw product.

In practice, only a small percentage of eggs is contaminated with salmonella (and even smaller or none with camphylobacter) and most of those are in small enough concentrations in fresh eggs that the risk is minimal for adults with healthy immune systems. Of course, for many people any risk of salmonella is too much.

I personally find that raw cookie dough is unappealing. Raw cake batter though, that's another story. There is a reason it's about the same texture as yogurt.... :-)
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zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: January 18th, 2004 11:14 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I had this discussion with some friends several months ago - about how when we were kids we'd all eat raw batter, etc, and no one cared. And now it is tantamount to child abuse to let a kid lick the beater. (Similarly we never wore helmets when we went biking, and now you're a monster if you're kid isn't in body armor.)

Well, being geeks, one of my friends decided to see if there was some basis in fact. And there actually is. Eggs are less safe today than ~20 years ago. Seems that the poultry industry changed a lot in those two decades. It used to be that you were likely to get eggs grown at some local farm, which would have a relatively small number of chickens. But over time those farms consolidated into the giant factory farms of today with huge numbers of chickens. The problem with that is all the eggs go through the same line, all the chickens are crowded in together, etc. Which means disease spreads more readily AND has more birds to reach. And the eggs are distributed more widely.

So the odds of getting a bad egg have actually risen measurably since we were kids.

However, it is still a very small percentage (too long now for me to remember the exact numbers) and for adults with a healthy immune system it isn't really that big a deal. More a problem for young children, the eldery, or anyone with a compromised immune system. So the scare is really blown out of proportion to the risk. You have better odds of getting hit by a car.
From: iwascaite Date: January 18th, 2004 11:38 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I heard 1-3% of eggs are contaminated. (Consumer Reports, Good Eats)

There was also a mutation in the common strains of salmonella, it did not cross the shell previously, so even if the hen had it, the egg would not. First demonstration of egg contamination was in the mid or late 70s.

You're still a lot more likely to become sick from eating shellfish than raw eggs.
jezel From: jezel Date: January 18th, 2004 11:48 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Cookie dough is heaven. Fuck safe. Take a freaking risk once in a while! (And BTW, fuck carbs and calories as well. In fact, give them a seriously good ass-pounding.)
From: (Anonymous) Date: January 19th, 2004 09:21 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

Better than Eggs

Use the Better than Eggs pasturized stuff. It comes as liquid eggs so you can't use it if you need whites and yolks seperate, but cookies are generally not like that. Brownie batter is my favorite.