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, raised in Galloway Township, and graduated from Oakcrest High School in southern New Jersey.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. In 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 240 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 my first poem accepted for publication. Off in a new direction, again.

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