I decided it was time to upgrade a few things in the kitchen. 

First, I asked my mother for a new collection of plates.  I have plenty of plates, but they’re mostly all white, and none of them ever look very interesting in pictures.  She found all kinds of interesting colors and patterns, and most of them will show up here over the next few months.

Next, I bought myself some new lights for the kitchen as an after-Christmas present.  And Mike got a new camera, so I inherited his old SLR.

Once I had everything assembled and organized, it was time to bake some cookies and take some pictures.

These are cornmeal cookies.  My mother made them all the time when I was growing up.  

Cornmeal Cookies

They’re a very simple cookie – cream some butter and sugar, add an egg and some vanilla, then mix in the flour, baking powder, and cornmeal. 

These come out best if you use a coarse cornmeal, like you’d put in cornbread.  If you use a very finely-ground cornmeal, you’ll lose the texture that makes them unique (it’s hard to describe, but the best word I can find is “rustic”), and you’ll just have a slightly-odd sugar cookie.

They were very good, and the texture made for an interesting picture.  I’m still trying to get everything set up quite right (the background wasn’t really purple!), but I’ll just have to keep baking cookies to take pictures of until I get it right!

( see the recipe )

One Comment

  1. MOM
    12:14 pm on February 8th, 2011

    Corn meal cookies were around our house a lot. My mom use to get surplus corn meal that she always gave to me.I never made corn bread, in fact being from the north, I don’t think I had heard of it at that time. Anyway four kids can eat a lot of cookies. They are very good and the texture is interesting.
    I like the purple background in the picture. Tina, don’t tell your trade secrets.