I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are three types of cookies you like to eat? Are there any kinds of baked goods you don’t care for? Do you bake your own cookies, or do you buy them? Who does the most baking in your family: mother, father, grandparent, you, or another person?

HELPFUL TIP: Cookies are great treats, especially if you eat them in moderation. In other words, fifteen cookies and a gallon of milk might not be the best snack.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. Where did the chef learn to cook?

A. at a cooking school

B. at a family member’s home

C. in a friend’s kitchen
2. What is special about the chef’s cookies?

A. He makes them by following a healthy recipe.

B. He prepares them by using inexpensive ingredients.

C. He sells them at many local stores.

3. Which ingredient does the chef NOT use to make his cookies?

A. baking powder

B. flour

C. sugar

4. At what temperature should you bake the cookies?

A. at 305 degrees

B. at 315 degrees

C. at 350 degrees

5. What is the topic of the next cooking program?

A. fun cookies for teenagers

B. inexpensive meals

C. tips for cleaning your kitchen

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Correct answers:

Chef Randall: Well, hello everyone, and welcome to our show today. Joining me today is my daughter, Ashley, who have had to endure my cooking experiments over the years.
Are we ready? [Ready to eat.] As you know, I starting cooking and baking more than 30 years ago when my grandmother taught me in her own kitchen. In fact, she taught almost everything I know, and I have never attended cooking classes [You should have, like the time when . . .] I know when my own kids helped recently when I forgot to take the chicken out ot the oven. burned the bird to a crisp, and ended up ordering pizza for dinner. That’s another story.

Kids: We had to use the fire extinguisher.

Chef Randall: Anyway, today I’d like to share with you our favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe. Now, before you switch the TV channel, I know what you are thinking. “Another fattening cookie recipe.” Wait. What makes this recipe great is that it offers a wonderful low-fat, low-calories, low-cholesterol dessert for the entire family.

Kids: We still like the fat though.

First of all, you need the folllowing ingredients: After you have all of the ingredients, start by mixing the sugars, flour, the egg whites, low-fat butter (less needed than usual), vanilla, baking soda, and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl. Then, add the mini chocolate chips

Oh, don’t forget to preheat the oven to 350 degrees (Fahrenheit).

Finally, when the cookies are done, take them out of the oven, remove them from the cookie sheet, and let them cool. Did I forget anything?

Kids: Yeah, if you have college-age children, be sure to make a few extra batches they can take back to school for their roommates. And don’t forget the kids still at home.

Chef Randall: And by the time your kids get the cookies, you will be left with a single cookie (your instant diet plan made for you) and a dirty kitchen. On next week’s show, we’ll be showing you how to feed hungry teenagers on a budget without having to sell the family car. Until then.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • endure (verb): keep doing something unpleasant or difficult
    – I can’t endure my roommate’s cooking for another day. It’s terrible!
  • switch (verb): change
    – Can we recipes for tonight’s dinner? I’d rather have chicken instead of fish.
  • entire (adjective): complete or whole
    – My daughter prepared the entire meal for the family.
  • ingredients (noun): materials for cooking
    – These are great cookies. What ingredients do you use to make them?
  • pinch (noun): a small amount
    – The chicken might taste better if you add a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • preheat (verb): heat an oven or stove before you start cooking something
    – First, you should preheat the oven to 325 degrees before you start preparing the meal.
  • batch (noun): a group of similar things, used also with baking cookies
    – I don’t think two batches of cookies will be enought to feed all of the guests at the party.