i love dar williams. my favourite album so far is the end of the summer, but basically, i like them all. beauty of the rain did have to grow on me as well, as did her new album, my better self.
her older stuff is much, much better then her newer stuff - in my opinion. I know that she had "other" things that she did before the era of cds but I can't say for certain (anymore; school is ruining my real memory) what it was. I've seen her in concert and it's a real treat! She lives here in the northeast and does periodic "tours."
(What kind of cookies were you making - they sound gooooood....) :)