ONE OF THOSE EUREKA MOMENTSCategory: Newsworthy Notes
Rose Kennedy said “Life isn’t a matter of milestones, but of moments.” At the Bay City Rodders’ BELMONT CAR SHOW on September 7th, several (Aha or God) moments happened, and one of them I am especially pleased to share is as follows:
Bill Patton from Woodstock, Georgia, a person with Parkinson’s, and his wife Meredith stopped by our booth at the car show. Bill was so excited to shake my hand and exchange hugs with me. He said, “I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004 and I believe we got in touch with you and your organization in 2006 or 2007. We love the newsletters and I want you to know that a recipe you published years ago is still my favorite! ‘The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World’ really are the best and I make them every week! I take them to my church where they are sold for fundraising.”
I was thrilled to meet the Pattons. To think that they took the time to find our booth was simply wonderful and means the world to me. To his cookie story I responded, “At Christmas time I would love to taste those World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.” To which he responded that he would be sure to send some. He also said he would send a copy of the recipe to us because he thinks we should publish it again… so others could also enjoy them.
Below is the recipe and the note just received from Bill.
Dear Jo Rosen,
Here is the cookie recipe that I told you about on September 7th, 2014 when we met in Long Beach at the car show. Thanks for all you do and have a very happy birthday!
Bill Patton, Woodstock, GA
“Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World”
From the kitchen of Claudio Lewkowicz Northpole.com/kitchen/cookbook
1 cup shortening
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 – 2 cups chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, cream together the shortening and both sugars. Then add eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt. Once the shortening, sugar, eggs, vanilla, flour, baking soda and salt mixture is all creamed together, add the chocolate chips. Mix together well. Drop cookie dough by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets and bake for about 9-12 minutes or until golden brown. Makes about 5 dozen.
Footnote: One never knows how far our voice carries, how deeply our message touches another heart or just how powerful a seemingly simple gesture can be. And so we continue to say “Working hard so no one is isolated because of Parkinson’s”. Thank you Bill, for reminding us of our mission and the importance of community.