So here's this weird thing. I've been really into these oatmeal cookies baked by a mysterious guy in CT for years (he's a friend of several friends, and they save me a couple of leftover cookies whenever he visits, and when he visits he usually brings cookies).
After a very long time, I finally met the guy, and told him how much I loved the cookies. His attitude was a mixture of exasperation that I'd make such a big deal, but also obvious pride, because he clearly knows they're ridiculously great, even though it turns out he's using crap ingredients and using the recipe on the Quaker Oats box.
Yes, you read right. The recipe on the Quaker Oats box. Some of the best cookies I've ever had, which I've been admiring for years, are made from the Quaker Oats recipe. I've tasted dozens of results from that recipe over the years, but none were anything remotely like this.
So the question is: how does the magic get in?
I videotaped him to try to find out. View the video, plus the EXACT recipe he uses (which does integrate a few minor tweaks) at http://jimleff.blogspot.com/2011/11/e... .
I'd love your feedback about this mystery!