Many of us here in New England are preparing for storms, such as this morning's moving boats up river and bringing the stairs in off the beach. We also have to anticipate some time without power. One thing that stores well is these cookies, so I made a few batches (the recipe is at the end of this entry).
However, between the storm and some business travel, I am a bit behind on answering reader questions.
|Waiting for delayed flights yesterday at least allowed time to inspect some Brooks Brothers offerings at their airport mall store.|
Reader QuestionsI. Firstly, thank you very much for your wonderful blog! I have two quick questions:
1) I am an Episcopal clergyman (and was pleased to see St. Thomas, 5th Ave. -- one of the most beautiful churches in this country -- a part of your Christmas Eve tradition, though I was sorry you were not able to stay for the service). As such, I feel obliged to break with you eschewal of black as a staple color for clothing, though of course I agree with you completely with respect to lay dress. I also run on the "big and tall" (ugh) side of the spectrum, measuring in at 6 feet, 5 inches tall. I would love to be able to find a classic sack suit (no darting, no padded shoulders, three button jacket with the lapel rolling to the second button, unpleated trousers with cuffs) in black. Do you have any suggestions? Also, not breaking the bank is an important criterion.
2) Despite a four year sojourn in New Haven for my education, and despite having had two sets of ancestors arrive in this country on the Mayflower (John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, and Thomas Rogers), my family left New England for the South shortly after their arrival. We are southerners. I was wondering whether you had any observations on differences between Northern and Southern prep. The differences I have noticed tend to be differences of degree rather than kind -- for example: a heavier emphasis on socklessness in the South. For me, young men in church -- even, depending on location, after Labor Day -- wearing a navy blazer or seersucker jacket, oxford shirt, bow tie, and penny loafers sans socks, is the quintessence of prep. Also, in winter, it seems to me that a sturdy pair of upland hunting boots (by, e.g., Gokey) or even cowboy boots here in Texas, are common stand-ins where one might see the LL Bean Duck Boot in New England. Thoughts?
II. I need your help ASAP! I've been invited to sit in the President's box at the US Open in September. I have no clue what to wear. Gentlemen must wear a coat and tie, and ladies dress up but not too dressy (sort of dressy casual, whatever that means). The weather could be hot, cool (cold for someone that lives in Florida), rainy, or sunny. Please help! I have no idea what to wear and a very short time frame to shop.
|Khakis and Boat Shoes|
On a side note, I have two pairs of Lands' End Canvas Heritage Straight Fit khakis which have performed well but I am looking for a lighter color for my next pair and alas, they don't have such a color.
Thanks (especially because I know how impossible a request this is!).
IV. Hi Muffy,
I enjoy reading your blog & always appreciate your opinion on the preppy classics. I am needing (wanting) new boat shoes for the Fall. They are my go-to shoe for apple picking & enjoying Fall weekends on the Cape. I have always owned Sperrys, but my most recent pair of A/Os seem to be wearing out rather quickly & aren't as supportive as I remember them to be. So, I am considering Sebagos. I don't think I've owned a pair since elementary school in the 80's, so I don't remember the quality. However, on first glance, they appear sturdier & better made than the ole Sperrys. I was wondering what your thoughts are on the great boat shoe debate?
Thanks in advance for your response. I hope you are enjoying the last days of our treasured New England Summer.
Since some have asked, here is the recipe.
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 sticks butter
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour - I use a mixture of whole wheat, white whole wheat and white flour as well as some bran
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 cups 1-minute, raw oatmeal
1 cup chocolate bits
Heat oven to 350°F, although I set my oven to 375. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars until creamy. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well. Add oats and chocolate bit; mix well.
Bake on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake 8 to 10 minutes ( I cook mine for 15 minutes) or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack. Cool completely.