The Right Ingredient

kitchen shelves, ingrediants





Can I find the right ingredients

Housed right here in the kitchen cabinet

On the shelves high above the rice and

Cans of soup and beans?

Oh yes, I spy flour and sugar

Laying like supplicants at an

Altar waiting to be forgiven for

Their empty calories, their tempting flavors that

Entice a woman like me to pour in a

chocolate chip cookies, batter





Cup that measures sweetness and delight in each

Heaping teaspoon of vanilla, each egg that

I beat into submission, beat for the

Protein (NOT) and then the

chocolate chips, glass pumpkin







Chips are added.

One for each bad day

One for each hope, each Β joy

Kitchen-produced but

I know, once baked and cooled

Everyone in the family will thank me

Splendidly for the magic of my measured ingredients.

chocolate chip cookie

An acrostic chocolate chip cookie. (Acrostic – a poem in which the first letter of each line spells out a word.)


86 thoughts on “The Right Ingredient

  1. Splendidly done, Pam! (Poem and cookies.) The acrostic is fun.
    I’m also impressed by your neat cabinets–so unlike mine. However, my baking ingredients are down low where I can easily reach them. πŸ™‚ I’m doing a bit of baking with chocolate chips this weekend, too.

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    • Hope you are enjoying your baking weekend, Merril. I wish I were as wise as you and had thought to put my baking ingredients in a lower shelf. I think my plan is that if they are more difficult to reach and retrieve, maybe I won’t make so many cookies. So far the theory is not working. πŸ™„

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    • I love sharing my chocolate chip cookies not only with family, but you should see the look on my creative writing students when I bring a plate in. Talk about inspiration! πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‹


    • Thank you, thank you, Amy. Next time we meet up for a summertime visit, I’d love to give you a plate of my cookies with thanks for all that you have shared with me about writing, as well as your wonderful published books. Working on the Hanging Jade now!


  2. Chocolate karma is alive and well. I just snitched a (small) handful of chocolate chips (the mini ones; they don’t count as much) and THEN found your post. Now I need another handful (ever so small). Thanks Pam.

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  3. This is very fun and clever. Not everyone can pull this off, but you certainly did!

    Side note, I thought the cookie picture at the bottom said “aristocratic cookie.” I’m still smiling about that one. πŸ˜‰

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  4. I suspect that the process of creating said cookies was just as rewarding as consuming them – almost πŸ˜‰ Cooking and baking is such a wonderful “distraction” and way to immerse your five senses into a therapeutic session for the body. mind, and soul. And the end product certainly helps as well πŸ™‚

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