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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Chanukah Guilt

As I predicted, to combat the indoor fever of the snowstorm, (I hate the way Nat lies around on the couch, so my guilt motivates me to think of things he likes to do) there was baking today. I invented a new cookie: Gelt Cookies, made from dark chocolate gelt crumbled into Chipless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough from Mom’s Big Book of Baking (thanks, Sha!). Our friend Matt gave us a bag of classy Belgian gelt, and I thought it would taste great in the cookies, instead of the more pedestrian tollhouse morsels. I was right! (There is a variant spelling for these cookies, “Guilt Cookies,” in case you are on a diet and you eat them. Even the broken ones have carbs/calories.) Smelling them = one carb.


Okay, that is an excellent idea. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that there’s now premium gelt out there, given that the gelt from my childhood tasted faintly of old candles. Lovely how you manage to combine food, guilt, money and chocolate: the four modern food groups?

— added by Susan E. on Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 7:12 pm

You may be interested to know that there is a mystery novel called Chanukah Guilt. The protagonist’s grand nephew is on the autism spectrum. Check it out at

— added by Anonymous on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 2:11 pm

The thought of your cookies makes my mouth water.

I just have to ask – what do you do to get your nails so GORGEOUS??

They don’t look artificial – and the color is fantastic.

— added by Drama Mama on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 9:21 pm

Hi Drama,
You don’t have contact info on your blog, which is a fun one. (That is “Like a Shark,” folks!) Thanks for the nail compliment. They are as fake as can be; acrylic, filled every other week. The trick is to keep ’em fairly short and change the color often. Which is no problem, because I always want to pick a new color! I get them done at Julie’s Nails in North Brookline on Harvard St.

— added by Susan Senator on Monday, December 17, 2007 at 9:28 pm

Thanks for the tip. (No pun intended.)

I miss Massachutsetts. I lived there in the mid-90’s, when the Tasty was still around, and before corporate life took over Harvard Square.

Is the Booksmith still there? Grendel’s Den? Good times.

— added by Drama Mama on Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 1:48 pm

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