When I was little, I loved the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. One of my favorite stories was from Farmer Boy. Almanzo's parents went to visit family, leaving the kids at home by themselves. Their mother yelled "Don't eat all the sugar" over her shoulder as they drove away. As soon as the wagon was out of sight, Eliza Jane was dipping into the sugar and making ice cream, pound cake and candy. By the time their parents returned home, the sugar barrel was nearly empty. In my mind, it was an enormous barrel and they had had a great time baking (and eating) all week. I couldn't imagine a more enjoyable way to spend a few days.
My new favorite cookbook should help me reach the bottom of my own sugar jar. Sugar Rush by Johnny Iuzzini is full of gorgeous photos, tips and step by step instructions. I'll use my favorite ingredients - butter, sugar, flour, eggs, chocolate, cream - as I cook my way through this book.