I had a patient a while back that told me she was treating her husband’s Alzheimer’s with coconut oil. I thought, “Hot diggity dog! I’m gonna get me some of that!”
What I really thought was, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This was closely followed by the thought, “Who am I to refute a claim for which I have no empirical evidence on either side of the issue.”
Actually, what I really thought was, “Oh. YUM!”
And there you have it.
The first jar of coconut oil that I bought was, at best, unimpressive. It didn’t really even have a coconut smell to it. However, I saw the mother load of all jars of coconut oil at Costco a few months later and had to buy one. It was extra virgin, organic and promised to be wonderful. Only the best will do for my future brain function, after all.
All joking aside, though, there was a noticeable difference between the two jars of coconut oil. The jar from Costco looked different, softer and somewhat more translucent, plus it actually smelled like coconut. Heavenly sigh.
The first thing I did was to use some of it for popping popcorn. I tried some of the popcorn fresh out of the popcorn popper–no salt, no butter. It tasted lightly of coconut. I just kept eating the popcorn plain, handful after handful. “Aren’t you going to put anything on your popcorn?” my husband asked.
Politely, but firmly I responded, “I see no need for superfluous additions to popcorn which has clearly transcended such earthly encumbrances as salt or butter. Do not attempt to dissuade me with suggestions from your uneducated and misguided palate. Clearly, we are no longer compatible as popcorn companions. I shall remove this bowl of ethereal nectar from your presence and retire to my personal chambers with it.”
I talk like that all of the time. A veritable cornucopia of syllabically arranged consonants and vowels, all perfectly concise in their delivery. I’m very sure of myself. Just ask anyone who really knows me. (Stop snickering, John!) (syllabically–keep that word in mind for your next round of Scrabble.)
To tell you the truth, I have been watching cartoons for hours today with my grandsons and I was testing myself to see if I had any part of me left that didn’t laugh at potty humor. In defense of these particular cartoons, Twisted Whiskers, they were really well done and quite funny, especially one with a dog who talked like Jack Benny…”Oh, Dennis…”. (Google Jack Benny if you are not familiar with him. Funny man.) Gavin (6) and I were belly laughing at some of the characters’ antics.
Head shake. Okay, I’m back. Let’s talk about coconut oil in peanut butter cookies. Peanut butter cookies are my all time favorite cookies. It’s the one cookie that I cannot stop eating. When I decided to start experimenting with coconut oil in cookie making, peanut butter cookies seemed like the perfect fit.
Prior to adding the dry ingredients, the dough was quite loose; much more liquid than it is when working with butter or shortening. Although the coconut oil is solid when initially added to the dough, it quickly melts as it is mixed. After adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, the dough becomes stiff and looks oily. If you find the dough too oily or soft, simply chill it, covered, for at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. I put my dough in the refrigerator for several hours, while I took care of other necessities–namely watching the afore mentioned cartoons. I also saved some of the dough and baked it the following day. It worked well on both days.
Sorry. No step-by-step pics. I’m too busy watching cartoons and admiring Gavin’s artwork.
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