In the fall of 1979, current Thornberry Road resident and professed cookie-lover Deb McWade was in a cookie crisis.
Back then, McWade’s humble abode was situated in New York City — her husband was taking graduate courses at New York University — and her kitchen was, one might say, minimalist.
“We lived in this tiny little below ground Laverne-and-Shirley-type one-room below apartment, with the bars on the windows,” she remembered. “All we had was a toaster oven, a hot plate and a tiny refrigerator.
“I was dying to bake, and I needed a chocolate chip cookie,” she continued, pausing a moment to take a fresh batch of cookies from her present-day oven of a grander scale.
“So we baked them two at a time in the toaster oven.”
Making a respectable batch took hours.
Three decades later, customers of “Deb’s Cookies” — the business McWade started in March — are finding why she went through all that trouble.
“That was the same recipe I use now, and they still came out great,” said McWade.
Photo by Denise Cross