Building Comfort: Strategically Integrated Chocolate Chips

[Image:  The Daily Meal ]

[Image: The Daily Meal ]

The strategic approach to a design is critical to its ultimate successful fabrication.

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that make a build perfect. Whether it’s 3D printing the ideal cup for dipping eggs or approaching the science of meatball making analytically, there’s a lot to be said for stepping back to calmly and rationally determine the best course of action for that one tact that will lead to pure perfection.

When one is aiming to build comfort, that route to perfection can come down to the simplest of integrations: the addition of chocolate chips.

Of course, the ingredient must be applied to the right mix; in a sourdough starter, for example, the chocolate chips make no sense at all, while in a long-simmering homemade marinara they could be downright disastrous (this isn’t molé, after all).

In this case it may be obvious: today we’re talking the perfect chocolate chip cookie.

Foodie Backgrounder

Much like Phoebe Buffay, I have fond memories of the perfect cookie, baked lovingly in grandma’s kitchen when I was a carefree wee one.

And like Monica Gellar, I’m happy to commit all available resources to rediscovering that perfection. If it takes weeks, I will buckle down: I will eat every cookie.

Every. Cookie.

Until finding that perfect mix of chocolate chips, melted to gooey perfection in a lightly browned, lightly crisp-on-the-outside, ooey-on-the-inside cookie, I will remain committed to this task.

It takes some doing, this commitment to perfection. And in my case, many a false start was had along the way. This not helped, naturally, by the fact that just shortly before this current time of shelter-in-place #StayHome #SocialDistancing, it was that most delightfully difficult of times: Girl Scout Cookie season. Oh yes, I was distracted: Samoas, Tagalongs — I even still have a full box of Thin Mints, tempting me from my mission.

Get On With It, Where’s The Recipe?

It is a truth universally acknowledged that the worst part of every “foodie” blog is the backstory; it generally has nothing to do with the recipe.

Impatient, are we? Fine, fine, we’ll get on with it.

Phoebe eventually rediscovered the lovingly passed-down recipe she had loved in her youth, so you know what, I’ll just share the same:

[Image:  Cooking For Engineers ]

[Image: Cooking For Engineers ]

I hope it’s clear by now, with this fifth piece today, that dedicating these posts to Fabbafood rather than Fabbaloo is our lighthearted aim at lifting spirits as a harmless April Fool’s Day observation.

We always like to have a little fun on this day each year, but with tensions so high in 2020 we realized it wasn’t the time to do anything that might seem at all to be playing on fears, accidentally taken in as actual news, or otherwise act in poor taste. We thought that including recipes you could actually make might be a fun way to still have a bit of usefulness from our team today, while reminding everyone to take a step back and breathe. Times are tough right now, and we could all use a little break from time to time to just sit back and smile.

We hope you’re smiling a bit now, and we’ll be back to actual 3D printing analysis and news tomorrow. No foolin’.