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Keeping it All in Perspective

November 14, 2011

It’s important to keep things in perspective. That’s sometimes difficult to do when we’re stuck in traffic or have to deal with a flurry of emails or the pasta boils over or we find ourselves dealing with other such daily nuisances. While those occurrences are all important and they all affect us to one degree or another, they’re not the real important stuff in life. They’re simply distractions. The real important stuff in life is the stuff we don’t like to think about and the stuff we don’t want to talk about. It’s the stuff you hear about on the news or see in the paper, the stuff that ‘can’t happen to me’, and the stuff that happens to ‘someone else’. It’s the scary stuff and I’m sure you know what I’m talking about and if you’re wondering why I’m being so vague when I’m generally effusive with my thoughts, it’s because I don’t like to think about that stuff either.

Anyway, I had originally started to write about chocolate chip cookies and I got off on that little tangent but it’ll all be clear in a minute or two, depending on how fast you read (or skim!).

Cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies, are sort of my kryptonite. Sure, all bakery stuff is good – especially chocolate coated old fashioned donuts and those pecan braids at Panera Bread – but those chocolate chip cookies, and to a lesser extent M&M cookies and peanut butter cookies, or the Holy Grail of cookies: The Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip cookie, those are the things that make me stop and take notice. So yesterday I’m at the grocery store and I’m walking down the aisle minding my own business when I suddenly find myself in the middle of the cookie aisle. Out of nowhere, the word “NEW” pops out at me. I can’t help but notice it because it’s in big, bright red lettering and I look over to see that Keebler has a new dark chocolate chunk cookie in their Chips Deluxe line.

Cookies: Better to look good than taste good?

Dark chocolate chunks. Not chips, mind you. Chunks. Chocolate chunks. Dark chocolate, for the love of everything cookie-related, chunks. I felt my strength leaving me. I struggled, I really did, but the muscles in my legs had turned to the consistency of the healthy oatmeal sitting in my cart and it was nearly impossible to walk.

Dark chocolate chunk. The oatmeal was telling me to stay away, but if you know oatmeal, you know that it talks in more of a whisper and the rush of dark chocolate chunks was too loud. As if acting on its own free will, my arm moved out and plucked a package off the shelf and before I could shake the cobwebs free the package was already in my cart. Sitting on top of the oatmeal package.

I should mention that while chocolate chip cookies are my kryptonite, Keebler cookies, as well as other packaged cookies (with the exception of Nabisco’s Oreos and Pinwheels, Archway Iced Molasses and Lu Petit Écolier chocolate – dark or milk – covered biscuits) are very, very low on the kryptonite scale. The pictures on the packages always look good and, in the case of Keebler cookies, the elves can be persuasive when you’re hungry and they start speaking to you from the shelves, but the cookies themselves aren’t very good. Sadly, such was the case with the Keebler Chips Deluxe Dark Chocolate Chunk cookies. All flash and no substance. As sad as it makes me to say this, the elves lied. The cookie was dry, crumbly, and the dark chocolate didn’t really taste much like dark chocolate. In fact, the cookie didn’t really taste like anything. It did look like a cookie but that was about it.

A lesson learned for probably the— I’ve lost track of how many times now.

However, and this is where I got to the keeping it in perspective part. The package’s nutritional information lists the serving size as two cookies and says there are approximately 11 servings per package. Let’s do the math, okay?

Two cookies times 11 servings would mean there should be 22 cookies per package. But the information was a little ambiguous because they list “approximately” 11 servings per package. So, we’ll add a little for you optimists and subtract a little for you pessimists and say that each package has about 21-23 cookies. I don’t mean to brag here, but I am sort of proud of the fact that I had 24 cookies in my package! They may not have been good cookies, but I got a lot of them and that, my friends, is why it’s important to keep things in perspective.

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“It took so long to bake it.”

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. November 14, 2011 12:15 pm

    Packaged cookies (w/few exceptions) are not worth the bother. I love love love a tasty chocolate chip cookie but it has to be fresh-baked and, even then, I’m kind of a cookie snob.

    Congratulations on the extra though! w00t!

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    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2011 9:32 am

      Yeah, even though the cookies stunk, the extras were a nice victory over the corporate cookie machine!

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  2. November 14, 2011 6:07 pm

    I love chocolate chip cookies and we use to buy the “Market Day” cookies, they were cookie dough already to go, you just plopped on the cookie sheet and we loved them and it supported the school so we felt like we were helping our kids’ education lol.

    I love MacArthur Park, don’t shoot me but I even like the Disco version with Donna Summers!! (I think that was her name?)

    Glad you joined Music Moves Me!!

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    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2011 9:20 am

      I like MacArthur Park too and I don’t know why it gets such a bad rap. Maybe the lyrics are a little confusing but the music is still good. If you like jazz, Maybard Ferguson has a version of the song that’s also pretty good.

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  3. November 14, 2011 7:39 pm

    Thank you for joining us today, but maybe you didn’t know that every other week we have a theme. You will find this in my side bar. For example we had songs with a color in it or band/singers name. Now if we would’ve had food in a song yours would’ve been perfect. So, check out my side-bar next time, and p lay all along. Sure hope you come back next Monday too! Have a Rockin’ week and I really did love some of your song choices – some I just never heard before. Thanks again for playin along.

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    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2011 9:17 am

      Thanks for the heads up, Marie. Next week I’ll be sure to check for the theme!

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  4. November 15, 2011 1:18 pm

    So glad you joined us today. I hope you will come again.

    I’ve purchased cookies as a treat to add to my kids school lunches and have not eaten even one. I guess I feel it wont taste great. I should try them.

    Thanks for sharing your music on MMMM

    Aloha

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    • Michael Fishman permalink
      November 16, 2011 9:16 am

      You have amazing willpower if you can look at cookies and not eat one! I’m jealous!

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