Thursday, September 3, 2009

The LEGO cookie cutter in action

If you look at the Internet long enough, your life interests or career pursuits bleed together like a Magic Eye painting. Unless you're poor Ethan Suplee -- he'll never get it.

At the end of July, I started working as a food blogger for The Pitch -- an alternative weekly in Kansas City, Missouri, that is owned by Village Voice Media. I sit at the helm of six posts a day for Fat City -- the food blog that covers local and current restaurant and food issues. So, far, the only thing unpleasant has been putting Mountain Dew Voltage in my mouth for a review.

As part of my job, I'm constantly online looking for potential food stories or quirky news -- and this morning I came across a CNET post concerning the rolling cookie cutter from LEGO. I've heard mixed things from adult fans -- some think the kitsch factor makes it worth collecting, while others were disappointed in the actual functionality, suggesting the final product wasn't close enough to 2x2 LEGO bricks.

But until the CNET review, I never knew if your dough made a difference. Apparently, sugar cookies and shortbread dough are best for faux-bricks. From a consistency standpoint -- a thicker, uniform cookie makes sense as a good fit for the mold. And bad versions of both often taste like plastic.

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