May 9th, 2012


To bake or not to bake...

So when they called the arc, roughly, the "kill everyone arc," we knew things were going to end badly, but oh man, did we not see that coming. That Ryukishi 07; he sure knows how to lead you into a false sense of security.

Anyway, since there's not really a whole lot to discuss on that matter and nothing else of interest happened today, I will agree to Steve's request and bring up a little debate we had yesterday. We were on our way to not see the Avengers (the whole night was practically sold out when we got there), and we passed by an A&W fast food place that was displaying a poster for their new cookie dough ice cream swirl thingie. I saw it and pointed it out to Athena, saying, "That looks good."

Steve was appalled that anyone could like such a thing as raw cookie dough, and so the debate began. His claim was that it's a waste to eat uncooked cookie dough. Our rebuttal was, "How is it a waste? You're going to eat it anyway." Not only that, but you're actually saving the energy it costs to heat the oven and bake the cookies. After determining that cookies don't really use that much leavening, and thus you are not wasting any yeast by eating the dough raw, Steve came up with an analogy that he's very proud of.

He said that eating raw cookie dough is like buying a pack of fireworks, and instead of shooting them into the sky and watching them sparkle, you lay them on the lawn and admire the shape of the rockets.

We think the analogy is only sort of applicable, because the point of fireworks is be sparkly, while the point of cookies or their dough is to provide sweet refreshment. Cooked or uncooked, the purpose is served, unless you like the cookies only for their delightful crunch or the melted chocolate/peanut butter/butterscotch/whathaveyou bits (only applicable in the case of chip cookies). In the sense that a cookie has not reached its full potential unless it's been fully cooked, the analogy might apply, but again, it depends on what you want out of the cookie.

On the other hand, I can think of a few instances in which the consumption of raw cookie dough would be wasteful. First, if the eggs had salmonella, you would be wasting all the time and money it takes to get treated (arguably, that may not be wasteful so much as just a really bad idea). But second, and most importantly, we happen to be in the baked cookie camp ourselves (unless we're talking about ice cream add-ins), so if we were to whip up a batch of cookie dough, and then got called away to take care of some other business, and while we were gone, Celeste and Sarah came along and ate up all the dough, then all of our time, ingredients, effort, and even the energy to preheat the oven would have been completely wasted.

And technically the request was to open the discussion up to our readers, so if anybody's still reading, got any thoughts?

Today I'm thankful for finishing our first draft of that Higurashi volume, cookie dough (you can't have cookies without it!), getting to try Disneyland's cinnamon toast popcorn (a little too intense for me), finding some of the cards we're missing from the Seaside Cave, and orange gel pens.