Winter’s Back is Broken

This week in cooking

Big Oatmeal Cookies (Lembas bread)

This little recipe sat in my recipe file for years before I tried it, mostly because I had other oatmeal cookies that we liked and I never needed to try a new one. When I was deep in baking large quantities of things for a Farmer’s Market I was participating with, I came across the recipe and decided to try it. What I came up with was a giant cookie that became a family favorite. It is bg and crammed full of good things, which you can change from week to week and is so filling that it often replaced a meal for my grandchildren. It became known as Lembas bread-a nod to the Elven Bread that was a mainstay in the diet of the Fellowship in The Lord of the Rings. Dry but infinitely valuable. (It’s not really any dryer than any other cookie but there is a lot of it)

Published by Jean Anne Feldeisen

I was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey to Mildred Shropshire and Theodore Felsberg Jr. I was raised in Galloway Township and graduated from Oakcrest High School in southern New Jersey in the Sigma 67 Class in 1967. I attended Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, and graduated from Stockton University in Galloway, NJ, in 1974 with degrees in Philosophy, English Literature, and (almost) music. After that, I taught piano to local children and adults in the 70s and 80s, had a catering business, "Jean's in the Kitchen," from 1980 to 1992, then went to graduate school at Rutgers Camden to obtain my Masters's Degree in Social Work. Since 1996 I have worked as a therapist and counselor, first in New Jersey for five years and then, when our family moved to Maine, in Augusta, Maine, for five years. For the past 17 years, I have had a private psychotherapy practice in Gardiner, Maine, During the pandemic, I packed up and moved my office home to Washington, Maine. On the year of my seventieth birthday, I decided to write and self-publish a memoir about our parents' World War II romance, Dear Milly. I began blogging on Medium in earnest in 2020 and have posted more than 265 stories, including a block of stories about my catering career which I hope to turn into a book in the next year. I have been writing and collecting poetry since childhood but never showed it to anyone. Recently, I learned how valuable it could be to join a group for feedback and support for my writing. I have taken several courses and written many poems, and recently had several poems accepted for publication. Off in a new direction, again.

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