Sift flour, salt and baking soda into a bowl. (Truth be told? I haven't sifted for years...I don't even own a sifter any more...stirring is just fine.)
Mix shortening, (or butter**) eggs, vanilla and sugars until light and fluffy.
Add hot water and slowly add the flour mixture just until mixed.
Mix in oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips just until mixed.
Drop dough on parchment or silpat lined cookie sheets. Sometimes I make big cookies, sometimes I make small cookies...the cooking time will depend on how big you like them.
Bake at 375* for between 10 and 14 minutes (depending on the size of the cookie)