So, confession time. Seeing as how I regularly post about food here, I usually try to avoid talking about unappetizing things. But be warned, today’s post might veer a little bit into some icky territory, especially if you’re as averse to bugs as I am.
See, a few months ago, after we came home from holiday traveling, we started noticing a bunch of moths around the house. I killed 5 moths in a single day, and even after that, we kept seeing more flying around the house. It took me a few weeks, but eventually I found that they had made a makeshift nest… out of one of the boxes where I store some ingredients for baking. Gross.
I ended up having to throw away a bunch of things: bags of almonds, chocolate chips, dried cherries. Pine nuts! It was painful. But in the process I realized that I’m kind of a hoarder. A lot of what I ended up throwing out were half-used bags of things that I didn’t want to use up just because I like the idea of having a variety of ingredients on hand so I can make whatever I want on a whim. And to be honest, some of the things I threw out were kind of old. Hoarding, I realized, was actually doing the opposite of what I had intended–instead of keeping things untouched so I wouldn’t have to go without, I was actually wasting food by letting it get stale (or in this case, get colonized by moths) before using it.
After I cleaned everything out, I was left with a few unopened bags of ingredients: some flaked coconut, pecans, peanut butter chips, and my favorite Guittard chocolate chips. Everything was bought pretty recently, and I decided that I would make a concerted effort to use them instead of hoarding them.
My sister in law introduced me to these peanut butter oatmeal chocolate chip cookies by Brown Eyed Baker a while back, and it was love at first bite. They’ve become my go-to cookie recipe, and they were the first thing I thought to make with the peanut butter and chocolate chips. They’re also the perfect way to welcome home someone who’s had a long week at work–a far better use for these things than hiding them away.