Friday, October 03, 2008

move over McCormick

First of all, I would like to thank you all for your wonderful comments about the"libby" sweater. They all meant so much. I will try my hardest to get the pattern written up quickly.
I have never heard of Saigon Cinnamon.  Wow.  Was I missing out.  Stefani over at blue yonder, mailed me some (thank you, Stefani!) along with a recipe for Cinnamon Cookies.  I should have just doubled the recipe. The five of us flew through the first batch.  I immediately made another batch.  
These won't last through the weekend.  What am I talking about.  They won't last through the rest of the day.
Have yourself a wonderful weekend.

45 comments:

rosie said...

mmmmm.... cinnamon... even better when it's made into cookies. I will have to try that recipe when my kids over the ick that crept up on us this week. Today has been ginger ale and saltines :( Thanks for the recipe and love the photo! Are those mint chocolate morsels hiding in your cabinet??

house on hill road said...

that stef, she is great! she sent me some too! and i cannot wait to try that recipe. good to know i should double it. have a fabulous weekend. xo

Angela said...

do you ever shop at Penzey's Spices? i wrote about them several days ago on my blog, and use their herbs, spices, and spice mixes for all my cooking. www.penzeys.com. they have the highest quality spices - you can really taste the difference. we are lucky enough to have a store about 20 minutes from our house!

Jodi said...

Mmm... those look yummy! I need to find some fancy Saigon cinnamon now. I have tried "true" Ceylon cinnamon and found that to be delicious.

APA said...

Oh, yeah. Saigon cinnamon IS awesome. Another suggestion. If you're a coffee drinker, sprinkle it over the grounds before you perk or brew. Adds a little sparkle. I like a lot. Hubby likes only a little. It's up to your taste buds. Make them happy!

Sarah Jackson said...

Saigon cinnamon is the best. Really realy good.

Blogging Molly said...

this is the second time i've read about saigon cinnamon recently - i'll have to track some down. those cookies look delish.

SockMamaLiz said...

yea, now I need to find some, too. There's a Penzey's not far from here...

tiennie said...

Yummy cinnamon cookies! Yes to the Saigon cinammon!

Life in the Bizzy Lane said...

never heard of it . sounds yummy and cinnamon cookies , mmmm!

Jane said...

My husband keeps asking me where I get the great cookie recipes...he's suppose to be watching his weight. I'm not helping by baking all your cookies! Can't wait to try this one!

AJ said...

They look yum.

I just recently bought some Saigon Cinnamon because the store didn't have plain old cinnamon. It's a much more distinct and flavorable taste in my opinion.

kim said...

Oh, those sound like the perfect Fall cookie. Have a great weekend!

sheepish one said...

mmmm. i'll have to look into that! cookies look delicious!

Alison Boon said...

The cookies sounds scrumptious. Who can resist cinnamon. Teh Libby Sweater is a great shape and I like the contrasting colours.

Kristin said...

i've never heard of it either. course i will rest at nothing until i get my hands on it now. we go through cinnamon like it's going out of style!!

emily said...

so making these. (but what do you think will happen if i only have mccormick?)

Lavendersheep said...

I definitely love Penzey's for spices too! Although, I found that Costco has Saigon Cinnamon too. I use it in the bigger quantities for making applesauce.

Full of Heart said...

I think you are officially my one stop cookie recipe lady now. I think I'll be making these for tomorrow's care package!

Cindy said...

sounds yum, I printed it out. I wonder if they would have been ordinary with plain cinnamon. Did you know cinnamon is bark?

pinkflowerbuttons said...

mmm sounds deliscious, cinnamon is so yummy and Ive heard keeps the colds away in winter. The cookies sound deliscious.

Knitting Diva said...

Sounds like Saigon Cinnamon is a must for a baker! Thanks for the Tip.

Seanna Lea said...

I keep telling myself that I'll shop at Penzey's spices to get the good stuff, but so far I'm making do with the McCormick (and other lesser brands) of spices. Just waiting for a kitchen where I can have my pound of cumin seeds without taking up too much space!

MadMad said...

Ooooh, they look yummy. Love the advance doubling warning!

Nantucket Dreams said...

looks like these cookies will be a must-bake! thanks for sharing, as always, i might even whip some up this week!

Philigry said...

yummy! Cinnamon this time of year is perfect!

Stacey said...

ooh - those look amazing! Penzey's has every spice known to man. I blow way too much money there! :)

Julie said...

Those cinnamon cookies look delicious!

nova said...

I LOVE Saigon Cinnamon. I think I need to make some of these cookies...

jill said...

My daughter made these yesterday. She was so cute with her laptop on the counter to help her follow the recipe. The family appreciated your post greatly.

ali said...

And I thought I was 'cool' (hehe) to always use Korintje Cinnamon... I've never even heard of Saigon Cinnamon, not that I've ever spent much time researching varieties of cinnamon... until now- 5 minutes and Google can open up a whole new world of knowledge every day, lol!

"There are three kinds of Cassia Cinnamon, due to their sources, now commonly available in the United States. They are Vietnamese, Chinese, and Korintje. Each has its own distinctive taste.

Vietnamese or Saigon Cassia Cinnamon
The sweetest, most aromatic, and flavorful cassia cinnamon comes from northern Vietnam, and is known as Saigon cinnamon. It has a dark reddish brown color and a very high volatile or essential oil content: 5% - 6%.

Chinese Cassia Cinnamon
The next strongest and spiciest cinnamon is cassia cinnamon from China. It too has a dark reddish brown color and a pungent flavor for baking. It is prized on cinnamon rolls and in cinnamon sugar.

Korintje Cassia Cinnamon
Korintje cinnamon is from the southwestern Sumatra, an island in Indonesia. The government protects the slopes of Mount Kerinci where the cinnamon trees grow wild. The bark is harvested from the bushes on the mountain and processed in the coastal town of Padang. Korintje is superior to common Indonesian cinnamon. And Korintje A is superior to grades B and C. Korintje cinnamon is milder than Chinese cinnamon: it is light reddish brown, delicate, smooth, and fragrant. Grade A Korintje cinnamon makes excellent cinnamon sticks."
(from http://www.cookswares.com/discussions/cinnamon.asp )

I usually get mine by the pound through the coop- http://www.frontiercoop.com/dspCmnPrd.php?ct=spfavcin

And now that I've left the longest comment ever... I should get some other reading done before bed!

Happy knitting-
ali

Renna said...

Toss in some cream of tarter and I think you've got Snickerdoodles!

I have to find that cinnamon!

Danielle said...

Once you've had good cinnamon, you won't go back.

cloth.paper.string said...

yes! we got some cinnamon from stefani too and it's making our granola and pancakes so very good. i have to get on the cookie recipe!

Alisha said...

Those look so good!

I also wanted to say what a great job you did on Libby's sweater....just fantastic!

Mo said...

Oh man...those look delish!!!!

Anonymous said...

love your blogs and your patterns(am knitting wristwarmers at the moment)so thanks for sharing your patterns.Greetings from Northern Ireland

SMF.sportychic said...

Yum! Saigon Cinnamon? I must investigate!

Grace said...

I'm making these this week!

Jim C said...

Cassia or Saigon cinnamon is toxic - it contains a very high amount coumarin.

From the Spice Islands website:

"Though the names are often used interchangeably, meticulous cooks opt for cassia’s stronger flavor and aroma. Taste preference between cinnamon and cassia is usually dependent on where you live; in the U.S., people traditionally prefer cassia (although it is almost always labeled as cinnamon) whereas Ceylon cinnamon is the norm in Europe."

It's the "norm" in Europe because the EU banned Cassia cinnamon (aka Saigon cinnamon).

Check this out: http://www.bfr.bund.de/cd/8487

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michael said...

@Jim C
Cassia is toxic in extreme amounts.
One would have to consume an entire teaspoon of pure cassia [quite a bit if one were to think about it] in a single serving to even approach toxicity levels.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coumarin#Toxicity_and_use_in_foods.2C_beverages.2C_tobacco.2C_and_cosmetics

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