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One of my two major activities for the day is a lengthy demonstration of the socio-economic theories of Thorstein Veblen. For those not immediately familiar with his work, he was the one who explained the concepts of "conspicuous consumption" and "conspicuous leisure" as the kind of things that people do to demonstrate their wealth. When someone with money buys something nice, or when someone with lots of leisure time spends it on obvious recreation, that's conspicuous consumption/leisure.

Baking cookies is probably not expensive enough to qualify me for the "conspicuous consumption" category, but dammit, school is out for the year, so I am going to blast through that "conspicuous leisure" category today! Specifically, I have been engaged in making a particular cookie recipe, on and off, since about six this morning, when I got out of bed, set the butter to soften, and promptly went back to bed for an hour. The recipe is called "Thick and Thin Mints," and it is a tremendous patchke that promises to be oh so worth it. Stage One is to bake thin chocolate mint wafers, and let them cool. I have done this.

Stage Two is to make a bowl of mint chocolate ganache, let it cool, and then blurp it onto the cookies. I'm halfway through this stage. The ganache is cooling.

Stage Three will be to make a bowl of chocolate coating and dip the cookies in it, then let them chill until they are set.

None of these stages is particularly difficult, but all together, they do take up a fair amount of time. But if this recipe works the way I think it will, it will be conspicuous leisure time well spent. Anyone wishing to sing at my place tonight can help be the judge of the final results.


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Jun. 19th, 2008 07:16 pm (UTC)
i am so there!
Jun. 19th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yay! The Thick and Thin Mints and I will be happy to have you. I also have berries and juice. Alas, alackaday, I didn't make fruit punch. I may be (temporarily) part of the Conspicuous Leisure crowd, but I'm not stupid.
Jun. 19th, 2008 07:26 pm (UTC)
those not immediately familiar...

Of course, that's just it ... not immediately familiar ...

And 'blurp' is just such a good verb.
Jun. 19th, 2008 07:43 pm (UTC)
I'm a University of Chicago student. It's part of my matriculation contract to reference obscure social theorists when carrying out the most mundane tasks of life. Bonus points if they are or were U of C professors, as Veblen was.

I love "blurp." The recipe says something else, but since I'm not adept at using pastry squeeze bags, especially the improvised kind that the recipe wants, what ends up happening is more like "blurp" than anything else.
Jun. 19th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
Oh, wow. That sounds soooo good. I could probably be there in about 12 hours...
Jun. 19th, 2008 10:55 pm (UTC)
The way I figure it, even though it's a patchke, this is a recipe that it's impossible to mess up. You absolutely cannot go wrong once you've gotten the wafers made, because everything else is gooey and chocolatey and minty, and that's the sort of thing that's welcome everywhere, in any form.
Jun. 20th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I'd actually heard of ol' Thorstein, if I didn't quite remember why. "Conspicuous consumption" is also familiar, but I don't think I'd heard the term "conspicuous leisure" before. That's what I want! Conspicuous leisure.

bodkin_ra is right: blurp is a wonderful word. You're right, too, blurping chocolate on cookies is much easier, and probably more satisfying (for both baker and consumer), than squeezing chocolate through a baggie. (I'm assuming that's the improvised kind.)
Jun. 20th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)
Now there's a photo, so you can see how they came out!

I did end up squeezing the chocolate through the baggie. That pretty much equals "blurp."
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