My weekend was pretty uneventful, which I am so thankful for. I needed some time to sit on the couch and putz around in the kitchen without having to worry about being anywhere at any specific time. We did, however, see 12 Years a Slave, which was just as incredible as I’m sure you’ve heard it was. I wasn’t sure if it was going to be too artsy or something for my taste. I thought maybe there might be painful Terrance Malik-esque scenes where nobody would talk for 40 minutes and there’d be a long shot of leaves falling off of a tree. I was completely wrong. It was over two hours long, but it definitely didn’t feel like it lasted more than 45 minutes. It was extremely well paced, absolutely heartbreaking, and just all around really well done. I’m not sure if it has a wide release yet, but do your best to seek it out because it is my favorite movie so far this year. Next to Kick-Ass 2, but that’s a totally different, albeit awesome, beast.
Last weekend, we went down to Park Slope to my friend and coworker Sarah’s apartment to meet her husband, Russ, her cat, Lilly, eat crab macaroni and cheese and enjoy the excellent weather on their beautiful roof. I am seriously jealous of their exposed brick, as well as this roof! It reminds me of Serpico’s backyard (in the movie, obviously). After a few beers, and full from crab, green beans, cheese and sticky buns, we waddled over to Kings County Distillery to meet with a group to tour the entire distillery. It’s small, but they are amping up production and doing a great job of making high quality bourbon right here in Brooklyn. We had a few tastes, enjoyed the beautiful premises, then headed back to Williamsburg where we inevitably ended up at Burnside for drinks and French fries. As you do.
A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely Hannah at Fat Toad Farm. They said that they were fans of the blog and wanted to use one of my recipes on their company’s own website. Of course, I said! Then they offered to send me a jar of their caramel. Please, I said! Let me say, this caramel rules. I love being able to support small, locally owned and operated businesses – especially if they are able to create a product as delicious as this stuff. It is goat’s milk caramel, or cajeta, and it is a almost like a silkier dulce de leche. I knew immediately that I wanted to make something with the crazy amount of pumpkin I’ve been hoarding since the start of the season, but I didn’t want to do a bar or brownie, which is usually my go-to for a quick pumpkin treat. I landed on these cookies, particularly because they let the caramel shine. You can use cajeta, like I did, a jar of ice cream topping, which there is nothing wrong with at all, or even make your own dulce de leche, which I did in a post from a few years ago here. I brought these into my office today and I hope that they go over as well as I think that they will! Pumpkin, caramel, and salt all together in a cookie that people will probably eat for breakfast? Who wouldn’t want that?