Food Rules


Food rules daily life. I spend a quarter of my waking life—or more—dealing with it: planning it, shopping for it, eating it, cleaning up after it.

Food Rules is also the title of Michael Pollan's pocket guide to eating. In it, sixty-four “personal policies” guide one’s food choices around a central tenet: “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.” I’ll be using this handbook as an initial foundation for this blog, adopting one rule per week to incorporate into my daily life.

Finally, food rules. That is, I like food, so let’s eat!

–Annlee Ellingson
This week’s treat: Chai-Spiced Buttery Holiday Cookies
Start with the dough for Buttery Holiday Cookies. Whisk 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, and 1/2 tsp. ground ginger into the flour mixture.
Halve the dough and form each half into a 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Tightly wrap in parchment or wax paper. Chill 2 hours or freeze 1 hour.
Trim off the ends, then slice the log into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Transfer to cookie sheets, sprinkle with gold sanding sugar, and bake at 350 degrees until cookies are firm and lightly browned, 17 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on racks.

This week’s treat: Chai-Spiced Buttery Holiday Cookies

Start with the dough for Buttery Holiday Cookies. Whisk 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom, and 1/2 tsp. ground ginger into the flour mixture.

Halve the dough and form each half into a 1 1/2-inch-diameter log. Tightly wrap in parchment or wax paper. Chill 2 hours or freeze 1 hour.

Trim off the ends, then slice the log into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Transfer to cookie sheets, sprinkle with gold sanding sugar, and bake at 350 degrees until cookies are firm and lightly browned, 17 to 20 minutes. Cool cookies on racks.

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This week’s cookie: Apple Peanut Butter, with butter instead of shortening and smooth peanut butter, for Logan’s Fourth of July package

This week’s cookie: Apple Peanut Butter, with butter instead of shortening and smooth peanut butter, for Logan’s Fourth of July package

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This week’s cookie: Orange-Anise Squares—I couldn’t find (and didn’t want to make) candied orange slices, so I settled for candy orange slices.

This week’s cookie: Orange-Anise Squares—I couldn’t find (and didn’t want to make) candied orange slices, so I settled for candy orange slices.

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This week’s cookie: Carrot Cake Cookies, sans frosting, for Logan’s May Day package.

This week’s cookie: Carrot Cake Cookies, sans frosting, for Logan’s May Day package.

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This week’s cookie: Easy Whoopie Pies

This week’s cookie: Easy Whoopie Pies

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This week’s cookie (belated): Brown-Betty Buttons, or, as Jeff calls them, Death Stars

This week’s cookie (belated): Brown-Betty Buttons, or, as Jeff calls them, Death Stars

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This week’s cookie: Maple-Walnut Trunks

This week’s cookie: Maple-Walnut Trunks

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This week’s cookie (belated): Candy-Cane Meringues
Candy-cane flavoring seemed a little out of season this far into the New Year, so I substituted almond extract in a bid to pay homage to some delightful little cookies we picked up in Thailand. Based on the reviews and my own experience, I suspect there’s something off in the directions, as my meringues were burning after a half-hour into an hour-long baking time. (Take note: burnt meringues are unsalvageable.) If I try these again, I’d bake them at 200.

This week’s cookie (belated): Candy-Cane Meringues

Candy-cane flavoring seemed a little out of season this far into the New Year, so I substituted almond extract in a bid to pay homage to some delightful little cookies we picked up in Thailand. Based on the reviews and my own experience, I suspect there’s something off in the directions, as my meringues were burning after a half-hour into an hour-long baking time. (Take note: burnt meringues are unsalvageable.) If I try these again, I’d bake them at 200.

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This week’s cookie: Walnut-Lavendar Wedges

This week’s cookie: Walnut-Lavendar Wedges

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This week’s cookie: Cocoa Wafers

This week’s cookie: Cocoa Wafers

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