7/13/09

island cookies/ an open letter to david lowman



Dear Readers,

I believe in the power of the cookie. The power of a home baked cookie to be precise. Do you know anybody who wouldn't smile if you offered them home baked cookie? And if they don't isn't that some form of sociopathy? Do you think even the CEO of JPMorgan Chase Global Mortgage, David Lowman, would melt like butter if I offered him homemade cookies? I also believe in the Internet and the voice of one person, with a little help, hopefully, from Google Alerts. If you haven't been reading for long, click here for the scarlet letter F (for foreclosure) story and the great redemption of 2009 here. That should catch you up. We are finding out that short sell means anything but and it's a battle of wills.

-cue the summer blockbuster music & Don LaFontaine (for giggles click here)

Who will win?

The little chef mom, all five feet of her, battles the big corporate entity a la Erin Brockovich. I smell OSCAR folks! So to persuade the folks at JPMorgan Chase to get off their duff and approve this short sell I am writing an open letter every time I post until they give me an answer.



See Mr. Lowman I decorated it all pretty like just to impress you! I wanted to go for the glittery letters but Rich, my husband, thought that that was too much. So you must remember grade school, right? The next step is for you to check one of those boxes (please, please, please check yes, I'll be your bff!) and see nowadays you don't have to hand it to your best friend that will hand it to my best friend who will in turn hand it to me. All you have to do is send it to krysta [@] evilchefmom [dot] com no embarrassing middlemen and I'll send you some of these.



island cookies: nestle toll house best ever cookies cookbook

makes about 3 dozen cookies

1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg
2 cups chocolate chips
1 cup flaked coconut, toasted if desired
3/4 cup macadamia nuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl. Beat butter, brown sugar, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl until creamy. Beat in egg. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips, coconut, and nuts. Drop by slightly rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake in oven for 8-11 minutes or until edges are lightly browned. Let stand for 2 minutes, remove to wire racks to cool completely.



Tasting Notes: Repeat after me: "THE POWER OF THE COOKIE IS GREAT!!!"

17 comments:

Me! said...

Good luck on the house! I'd say yes if you sent me those cookies!

Julia said...

Good luck! I just hope he's not like my UPS man.... He's always grumpy, so one day I offered him some fresh baked brownies. In his most dour voice, he responds, "I'm diabetic."

Jennifer said...

I've been wondering about your pretty little house. Fingers and toes crossed for your family.

Husband will be out of town for a week and I'll be making your no-cook tomato sauce and these cookies. The one who won't eat cheese also won't eat coconut. His loss is my gain. Literally ;-)

Amy said...

I'm still catching up...I ended up reading posts from over a year ago!

Such a cute house! I heard short sells can take up to 4 months sometimes. Not kind to the impatient (like me.) Sheer torture!

Anyone who isn't influenced by a homemade cookie is a communist.

SaintTigerlily said...

Hahaha, I think this will totally work. Too bad I can't make these - The Boss does not do coconut.
:( I don't think they'd be the same without...

Phoo-D said...

I think these cookies could make a man do just about anything! They are gorgeous. Hope that the house moves soon.

LilSis said...

Good luck, Krysta!
I think you're very clever to post these letters...maybe somehow it'll get back to him and he'll make it happen for you.

I know of many nightmare stories around short sales. (as everyone does these days.)The banks are magnifying the entire real estate problem by dragging their feet on these sales!

And, I don't know anyone either that wouldn't love those cookies.

ntsc said...

In NY once you sign a contract and get mortgage approval, after the contract signing, the first day you can force a closing in 90 days later.

So we sign the contract mid September and their lawyer says that we will probably be able to close late Feb. or early March. My wife looks at him and says 90 days after approval, I'll walk it to your office before noon tomorrow. He laughs. She walks the approval into his office before noon the next day.

She was personal assistant to the defacto CEO (the owner was the titular CEO) of the third largest bank in New York. We already had approval, it just couldn't leave the bank until after the contract.

Good luck.

BigSis said...

I'm wishing you luck, Krysta! Who doesn't like cookies, for cryin' out loud? Especially delicious nutty chocolatey coconutty cookies! Regardless of what happens, you can be sure that you did everything you could do!

TexasDeb said...

The cookies SHOULD make a difference. If not, what could "the pursuit of happiness" possibly mean any more? I mean, if these island cookies aren't "happiness" in portable form, then nothing is. Fingers crossed for your plan working like a chocolate chipped charm!

SicklyBug and Cassaendra said...

Good luck on the house. I didn't realize how painful something like this could be.

The cookies are *swoon*!

The Yummy Mummy said...

The power of the cookie is great.
The power of the cookie is great.
The power of Krysta is great.
The power of Krysta is great.

If the cookies don't work, your sheer will will make it happen. My thoughts are with you. I mean, it's a convection oven for Christs sake.

Kim

noble pig said...

With short sales I always feel as if there is funny business going on in the background that you don't know about and sometmes illegal money changes hands and then the deals off and it's just all wrong. There is no reason they can't approve the damn thing. Eat all the cookies yourself and fight hard!

Christina Baglivi Tinglof said...

We're having trouble refinancing with Chase. It's a huge headache. Anyway...wanted to tell you a story. A few years ago, when we were adding an addition onto our house, the inspector had a problem with a ceiling beam and said we couldn't continue until the engineer signed off on it. I called the engineer...and waited...called again...and waited. You get the idea. This went on for a few weeks. Finally, I sent him a basket of chocolate-chip cookies complete with a balloon and a note, "We promise to be sweet. Please stop by soon." He came the next day!

The Duo Dishes said...

G'luck in this battle! Anyone with cookies on their side will win. No contest.

White on Rice Couple said...

If the cookies don't work, want me to go over and rough him up a little? We want you guys in that house so bad. Maybe I'll play nice and just double the dessert bounty. Always thinking of you guys. T & D.

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