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cranberry walnut rugelach
 rugelach is like the smallest of hand-pies-rich short dough filled with the best flavors of autumn-dried fruits, nuts, butter and brown sugar. Rugelach has several steps-but don’t be intimidated. You can always make the crust, or the filing, a day or two earlier. They are worth the effort! This recipe is based on one from the King Arthur Flour company-a worker owned flour company in Vermont. I use King Arthur flour exclusively! And they have the world’s best baking catalog/website. Check them out!
 http://www.kingarthurflour.com
 Ingredients
 Dough
3 cups all-purpose flour
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
8 ounces of unsalted butter, at room temperature
pinch salt
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
 Filling
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup walnuts, toasted
1 cup of sugar
2 ounces of butter, melted
pinch salt
 topping
¼ cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup milk
 go ahead and preheat that oven to 325F
and what next? Yes! Line the pan with parchment! You know this!
 to make the dough
 in a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter, salt and sugar until it is fluffy and pale.
Toss in the vanilla extract
Add the flour, and mix until JUST combined.
 Let the dough rest in the fridge for about an hour-this gives the the gluten a chance to relax, which will result in a more tender cookie.
 While the dough is resting, make the filling and the topping.
 This could not be easier. In the bowl of food processor, fitted with the blade attachment, toss in ALL of the filling ingredients, and pulse until the mixture is well chopped.
 In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon, set aside.
 Divide the dough into two chunks.
Roll each ball of dough into a circle that is about ¼ inch thick, and 12 inches or so around.
If your dough doesn’t look exactly like a circle, go ahead and trim it using a paring knife.
 Divide the filling into two parts.
 Spread the filling across the discs of dough, leaving about ½ inch along the top bare.
 With a rotary cutter, or a knife, cut each dough into 12 wedges.
Starting from the wide top, roll each cookie into a snail shape. The filling will try and escape-go ahead and tuck it back in as you roll. Place each snail on the lined pan.
 After you have shaped each cookie, brush the dough with the milk and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
 Bake until the dough is golden brown-about 15-20 minutes.

cranberry walnut rugelach

 rugelach is like the smallest of hand-pies-rich short dough filled with the best flavors of autumn-dried fruits, nuts, butter and brown sugar. Rugelach has several steps-but don’t be intimidated. You can always make the crust, or the filing, a day or two earlier. They are worth the effort! This recipe is based on one from the King Arthur Flour company-a worker owned flour company in Vermont. I use King Arthur flour exclusively! And they have the world’s best baking catalog/website. Check them out!

 http://www.kingarthurflour.com

 Ingredients

 Dough

3 cups all-purpose flour

8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

8 ounces of unsalted butter, at room temperature

pinch salt

½ cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 Filling

1 cup dried cranberries

1 cup walnuts, toasted

1 cup of sugar

2 ounces of butter, melted

pinch salt

 topping

¼ cup sugar

2 tsp cinnamon

¼ cup milk

 go ahead and preheat that oven to 325F

and what next? Yes! Line the pan with parchment! You know this!

 to make the dough

 in a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, butter, salt and sugar until it is fluffy and pale.

Toss in the vanilla extract

Add the flour, and mix until JUST combined.

 Let the dough rest in the fridge for about an hour-this gives the the gluten a chance to relax, which will result in a more tender cookie.

 While the dough is resting, make the filling and the topping.

 This could not be easier. In the bowl of food processor, fitted with the blade attachment, toss in ALL of the filling ingredients, and pulse until the mixture is well chopped.

 In a small bowl, stir together the sugar and cinnamon, set aside.

 Divide the dough into two chunks.

Roll each ball of dough into a circle that is about ¼ inch thick, and 12 inches or so around.

If your dough doesn’t look exactly like a circle, go ahead and trim it using a paring knife.

 Divide the filling into two parts.

 Spread the filling across the discs of dough, leaving about ½ inch along the top bare.

 With a rotary cutter, or a knife, cut each dough into 12 wedges.

Starting from the wide top, roll each cookie into a snail shape. The filling will try and escape-go ahead and tuck it back in as you roll. Place each snail on the lined pan.

 After you have shaped each cookie, brush the dough with the milk and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.

 Bake until the dough is golden brown-about 15-20 minutes.

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- Mary Oliver, ”What Is There Beyond Knowing  (via mirroir)
johndarnielle:

Pictured: me holding the hardback US edition of my novel, Wolf in White Van, on the day I got it from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: today, Thursday, August 21, 2014. Not to get all emotional with you but the first real ambition I ever had was to be an author. As a child I dreamt of seeing my name on book jackets. Now I am covering up most of that name with my hand, but yet refuse to re-take the picture, because I feel my deep-game goth powers are so strongly in evidence here that it must be shared as-is to give hope to both the revealed & the crypto-goths. 
Huge, huge thanks to all who brought me to this day - teachers, friends, all of you who’ve listened to my songs or read stuff I’ve written and connected with what you found there, who believed in me - may I always be worthy of your support!
Finally, because people will ask so why not get it out of the way up front: the lyric at the piano behind me is “Beyond the Mysterious Beyond” from The Land Before Time 7: The Stone of Cold Fire, a song which I can totally sing the hell out of, and you don’t have to take it from me, you can ask my son, who insists that I sing it at least eight times a day, which I do cheerfully and I’d do a ninth time, too, if he wanted, because, as I am always asking in my better moments, why the hell not. 

johndarnielle:

Pictured: me holding the hardback US edition of my novel, Wolf in White Van, on the day I got it from Farrar, Strauss & Giroux: today, Thursday, August 21, 2014. Not to get all emotional with you but the first real ambition I ever had was to be an author. As a child I dreamt of seeing my name on book jackets. Now I am covering up most of that name with my hand, but yet refuse to re-take the picture, because I feel my deep-game goth powers are so strongly in evidence here that it must be shared as-is to give hope to both the revealed & the crypto-goths. 

Huge, huge thanks to all who brought me to this day - teachers, friends, all of you who’ve listened to my songs or read stuff I’ve written and connected with what you found there, who believed in me - may I always be worthy of your support!

Finally, because people will ask so why not get it out of the way up front: the lyric at the piano behind me is “Beyond the Mysterious Beyond” from The Land Before Time 7: The Stone of Cold Fire, a song which I can totally sing the hell out of, and you don’t have to take it from me, you can ask my son, who insists that I sing it at least eight times a day, which I do cheerfully and I’d do a ninth time, too, if he wanted, because, as I am always asking in my better moments, why the hell not.