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Weekly Photo Challenge: Community


Breaking bread together is the quintessential heart of “community” for me. Food fuels our lives, our memories, and some of our most intimate connections (especially when wine is involved!) Who doesn’t remember sharing those cookies with dad, the dog, the homework buddy, or the sleepover guests?

Yesterday was Big Ed’s birthday, and the smell of baking pralines filled the winery as our friends came together to celebrate with him. Glasses were clinking behind me as I slipped into the kitchen, pulled the cookies from the oven, and carefully spooned them onto the cooling rack. All gathered round when they made their appearance on the counter, still so warm and inviting. Hands and mouths were eager, and we noshed happily to stories and dreams and memories. That sure feels like community to me!


1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
1 large egg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, working together until well incorporated and looking like a heavy dough. Spoon one inch lumps of dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 13-15 minutes, until edges brown nicely. Carefully move to a cooling rack with a spatula (cookies will still feel pretty soft, but crisp up as they cool). Serve warm for more chewiness, cooled for more crispness. Yield is about 20 cookies.

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