Thursday, September 3, 2015

An Epic Throw Back Thursday Photo

It's no secret I get a lot of my work done on the overnight hours. Whether it's baking, writing columns, packaging biscuits, content management, etc. My work schedule is 'round the clock. I don't sleep for extended hours. I nap. A few hours here. One hour there. It varies from day to day. During the overnight hours, between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. when Lisa and the fur-kids are sleeping soundly, is when I get the most work done. No interruptions. Quiet. I typically save this time for writing columns.

Once in a while, after writing a column or two, or when my brain is on overload, I take a break. I might flip through a magazine or read a few chapters in a book. Sometimes, I'll go through my digital photo albums. A few are on disk. Last night, I clicked (yes click...) through our Bodacious Biscuit Love photo albums. We've been spreading the biscuit love for almost 2 years now.

Lots. Of. Photos.

I went back to the very beginning...when we were experimenting with biscuit dough. There was a list of strict criteria. Although I can't recite everything on the list, I remember bits and pieces. No meat. Not too hard. No dairy. Not soft baked. Must be "hooman" and pup friendly. Scrumptious. Decent "shelf life." Both refrigerator and freezer friendly.

The list went on. 

I'll admit, during this period I was slightly confident. With 30 years of baking experience under my proverbial belt, my attitude was, "I've got this...." Long story short, it wasn't as easy as I had anticipated. The desired final product depended heavily on ingredients, precise measurements, the brand of peanut butter we used and temperature control of the kitchen (and later, the biscuit room).

We ended up nailing it after dozens of batches and mounds o' dough. However, prior to that very moment, we had quite a few cookie sheets of shame. Too hard. Too bland. Too soft. Too well-done. Not cooked enough. Needs more peanut butter.

And a few, "What the hell were we thinking adding THAT. Or THIS. "

After the trials and tribulations, we came up with our bodacious recipe. Four ingredients. Baking time nailed down to the exact second. The ideal temperature control. A biscuit that's palatable to "hoomans" and pups.

Oh, the memories. 

Once my photo escapade was nearing the end, I went into the kitchen to pour myself another cup of coffee. My eyes caught glimpse of a Post-it Notes square of paper secured to one of our dry erase boards. The original Bodacious Recipe. Written minutes after we nailed it. Ah. Yes. Inspiration for an epic Throw Back Thursday? Absolutely!

Raises. Coffee. Cup.  

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