Over the weekend, I encountered two things tied to extreme media hype:
1) The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe - and -
2) The Dark Knight
It reminded me of the period leading up to when Eyes Wide Shut was released - I saw the movie and found it anticlimactic. Remember that HYPE? Unreal. Being a Stanley Kubrick fan, however, I had to buy the DVD and watch it again - and then I found the movie brilliant. We saw The Dark Knight over the weekend - and wow - I must say, the hype is well founded. It was fantastic. Heath Ledger's acting, along with the entire cast, was truly incredible and his role will probably be a character study for years to come. It was poignant seeing Heath act, knowing what followed. Bittersweet.
As for the cookies? Well, I'll write more about them later in a specific post - but, kinda ho hum. I was expecting to be blown off of my rocker, had I a rocker. This was supposed to be the end-all, be-all chocolate chip cookie recipe. It required 2 specialty flours. It required 36 hours of the dough "resting" in the fridge. I guess I expected it to set my hair on fire or make me bark at the moon or run naked down the street with glee. None of that happened. I feel beige about these cookies. I want to paint a wall beige. Just beige. Not even nutmeg or toast, just beige. So, now - just to rub salt in my OWN WOUND, I made another batch of the same dough - using all-purpose flour, because crap if I'm going to recommend that you go out and buy 2 specialty flours if I don't think it's necessary. So, the frickin' dough is once again napping in my fridge while I'm hard at work. I'll bake this batch and let you know what I think. I'm just not feeling the hype on these babies.
It's like buying a Mercedes, but you found out it was fitted with an engine from a Yugo or a Chevette, ya know?
So: Cookies - 0 / Batman - 1