I set this up yesterday to post today so I could devote as much of today as possible to watching the inauguration. I did, however, do my Tuesday post on Fatal Foodies. This week, I interviewed Carol Preflatish on her wonderful cook/anecdote book, MASTERS & DISASTERS OF COOKING.

Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we went to the Leora Brown School in Corydon. Community Unity, a local group that works for diversity awareness and non-violent problem solving, sponsored an event there–They played live recordings of Dr. King giving five of his speeches with discussion time between them. It was stirring and moving to hear his prophetic words in his own voice again.

We were all asked to bring cookies, so I brought these. The basic recipe is the one on the Quaker Oatmeal box. I added raisins, walnuts and chocolate chips, because that was the favorite combination of our late friend, Mary Garcia, who was overcome by lung cancer several years ago, but who did not go down without putting up one helluva fight. She’ll always be one of my heroes, and this will always be one of my favorite cookies, just because she loved them so.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
  • 3 cups Quaker-type rolled oats (quick or old-fashioned, uncooked)
  • raisins, chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and/or chopped pitted dates to taste

Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and goodies; mix well.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack.
Makes at least 4 dozen, depending on amount of goodies you add.

For bars: Bake 30 to 35 minutes in ungreased 13 x 9 metal baking pan.


Writing prompt: Who is the first president you remember? Who is the first you remember hearing about? The first who made an impact on your life that you were aware of?