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Ingredient Mon Jan 18 2010

Girl Scout Cookies: They Make 'Em or You Make 'Em

I got the email this past weekend. My seven-year-old niece has joined the child army of Girl Scout Cookie hawkers. I can't blame her--I, too was a GS in my day, and one year I sold the most cookies of anyone in my troop due to my older siblings and mother taking the thick, brightly-colored order form with them as they went about their day. The 200-plus boxes I sold that year went to a motley crew of my siblings' classmates and coworkers, family friends, neighbors and relatives. I was closing left and right.

I've always supported the girls in green, but I have my gripes about the modern era of Girl Scout Cookies, notably the creeping price (this is where I pull my "When I was a kid, they were only two-fifty a box" kind of old person talk) that doesn't justify the small quantity in the box. True, Girl Scout Cookies are pure Americana and a tradition, but these days, so is debt. Plunk down the cash for a box, or make your own.

Recipes for:
-Samoas/Carmel deLites
-Thin Mints

Here's the recipe (from 1922!) for the first Girl Scout Cookie, a rolled-out sugar cookie that were originally shaped into the Scout's emblem.

And if you want to use your Girl Scout Cookies IN a recipe, here are some suggestions.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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