For this next Fiddler’s Favorites I asked someone very dear to me who also happens to be an excellent baker. Dayna Anderson was one of my first violin students. She endured me for more than eight years, and we have remained good friends ever since.
A graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, Dayna was appointed Concertmaster of Delaware Symphony when she was just 22, and she also has been serving as Assistant Concertmaster of the Grant Park Symphony.
This post is especially meaningful to me because on February 24 Dayna was appointed Assistant Principal Second violin of the National Symphony Orchestra. This was a dream come true, as she now had a job near to her husband Nate Hepler, who is Second Trumpet for Baltimore Symphony. My heart goes out to Dayna and Nate and to the thousands of musicians that are silenced during this crisis.
We will all get through this together and certainly a batch of Dayna's amazing cookies will lift our spirits !
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 3/4 cups (8 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
14 tablespoons (1 3/4 sticks) unsalted butter
3/4 cup packed (5 1/4 ounces) dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon table salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 1/4 cups (7 1/2 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips or chunks
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional)
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