Dark chocolate chip cookies

20 Jul

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Now I know these are just chocolate chip cookies. However, chocolate chip cookies are exactly what I need in my life right now. They’re simple, tasty and unadorned. No fancy-ness, no surprises. You see friends, I’m getting ready to start something new in my life and I wanted something that I knew I could count on. Ooooh good ol’ chocolate chip cookies you’ve never let a girl down! We all know what they taste like but sometimes we all just need a reminder of what’s good and simple.

As simple as they are, I did make some changes. Small ones.
First: dark chocolate chips. Why? Dark chocolate just tastes better and I think there are some antioxidants involved. Win-win.

Second: pure organic cane sugar. Granulated sugar ain’t got nothin on cane sugar. It’s not as sweet and much more complex. You: “why is that molasses I taste??” me: “no. That’s cane sugar.”

Third: a pinch of cinnamon just cause I watched a show on true ceylon cinnamon and it had me wishing I had some. But I don’t. So I used American cinnamon.

So do yourself a favor and make some chocolate chip cookies. You and everyone else will be happy.

**Especially to my dear friends who any second could be having a baby and experiencing real good and happy changes. Heck they might be doing that right now! Hurry up and make some cookies before the baby comes!

Adapted from Martha stewart’s Cookies book
Ingredients:
2 1/4 c. Flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 c. Unsalted butter, room temp
1/2 c pure organic cane sugar
1/2 c dark brown sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
Pinch of cinnamon
Dark chocolate chips

Preheat to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar. Add salt, vanilla and cinnamon. Add eggs one at a time. Mix in dry ingredients. Fold in chocolate chips. Bake about 10-12 minutes, rotating half way through

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Bourbon brownies

6 Jul

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So I had a craving for brownies. Not cake-y brownies but fudgy brownies. So I made brownies and I made them with bourbon and brown sugar. These brownies definitely aren’t those super sweet brownies you eat when you’re 5-21 years of age. They were subtly sweet and had bunches of depth. 21 and over brownies.

You should make these brownies. Then when you’re ready to eat them put on a pair of spectacles and start talking about mortgages,…….and something else very adult-ish (I don’t have a lot of experience with that stuff so I couldn’t think of any other adult topics). Oh yeah, and add a big scoop of vanilla bean ice cream…much classier than plain vanilla.

Brownies:
1c brown sugar
3/4c cocoa powder
3/4c butter
4tbl espresso
2 large eggs
2tsp vanilla extract
1tbl bourbon
1 1/3 c flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat to 350. Grease and flour 9×13 pan. Combine butter and cocoa powder in bowl and place over simmering water. Add espresso and stir to melt ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and sugar. Add extract. Add bourbon. Slowly stir chocolate mix into sugar mix.

Add flour, baking powder and salt then bake about 18-25 min

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Tortillas and Jamaica

23 Jun

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Have you ever eaten a warm tortilla with butter? If not, then you need to get on that. If so, then you and I should get together and talk about how good they are. It is seriously one of the most delicious things ever! But I’m not talking about store bought tortillas. I’m talking about homemade-right-off-the-comal (grill) tortillas. For serious.

So Justin and I made tortillas and Jamaica (huh-my-kuh, the agua fresca not the country). I made the dough, he rolled them. He boiled water, I steeped the hibiscus flowers and stirred. Then, we ate warm tortillas with butter and drank ice cold Jamaica. Movies should definitely be made about moments like this.

Tortillas:
Flour
Salt
Butter
Warm water

Combine flour and salt. Cut in a few tablespoons of cold butter to about 2 cups of flour mix until it resembles cornmeal.
Make a well in flour mix and add 1/4 cup of warm water and work it into the flour mix until it comes together (you may have to keep adding tablespoons of water until you reach correct consistency). It shouldn’t be too sticky or dry.

Let it rest for a few then make equal sized dough balls. Let it rest again. Now roll out the tortillas, cook on a flat grill until done.

I apologize for the crappy instructions. My mom told me to just feel it out so that’s what I’ve done.
For the Jamaica, buy some hibiscus flowers and brew it like you brew other tea. Or just google it.

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Hummingbird cupcakes

16 Jun

Hummingbird cupcakes, huh? Sounds kind of gross right? If it doesn’t then you’re from the south or your imagination doesn’t create elaborate stories like mine so often does. Or you’ve just heard of them before. So let’s get this out of the way…THESE WERE NOT MADE WITH HUMMINGBIRDS. They were made with delicious pineapple, honey, banana and yes there’s more….cinnamon! Traditionally, I should have thrown some pecans up in there but I didn’t have any. I then topped these little hummingbirds with a cream cheese cinnamon frosting. Cinnamon wasn’t necessary but I needed a little “hmmm” to cut through the sweetness. You know what I mean, right?

Oh yeah, one more thing about these cupcakes…they were the featured cupcake to my pop-up cupcake stand debut. And I’m definitely planning on popping-up again.

Recipe adapted from Georgetown Cupcake

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs, room temperature
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (from about 3 large bananas)
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 cup hot water

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My “Cesar” cookies

8 Jun

“Happy birthday Cesar!” Thats what I said to my friend before I handed him a plate of these. He seemed happy and seemed to like them so it was 26th birthday mission accomplished.
A few days before I asked him what he wanted for his birthday. I offered baked goods. He accepted.
He said he liked cinnamon.
He said he hates coconut.

After a few questions later, I came up with these. Cinnamon thumbprint cookies with dulce de leche.

I didn’t have time to make my own dulce de leche so I settled for store-bought and Justin carved into the can with a screwdriver (we were in a parking lot without a can opener). Maybe the Swiss will get this memo.

Anyway, I’m happy he enjoyed them and I’m pretty sure all of us ate more cookies than him. Oops! Well sharing IS caring

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What’s for dinner…

5 Jun

What’s for dinner? Rice noodle soup/ Vietnamese pho is for dinner! ( I put a slash on that because I know it wasn’t 100% authentic pho). So lately I’ve been wanting to eat foods that excite my palate and I’ve been wanting to cook food that is a little out of my repertoire. Apparently I was cooking pasta too much because every time pasta was mentioned around Justin he made a bleh face. You know, the same kind of face kids make on commercials when they have to eat vegetables and instead really just want gogurt or goober.

I really credit this dish to rice noodles. I threw in some broth, scallions, garlic, Ginger, citrus, carrots , shitaki mushrooms, bok Choy, and bada-bing bada-boom! The rice noodles just sucked up all of the delicious and fragrant broth! It was light, comforting,and flavorful! Oh yeah, and cheap! Those noodles are under $2 and come with three batches.

So there you have it…my answer to rain in june. Cause really, it’s still raining?? El niƱo? La Nina? Global warming???

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Latest baking ventures

30 May

So here’s a little bit of what I’ve done this past year. I can’t believe it’s almost June can you? This time last year I moved back home from Berkeley and thought I was going to die. I can be a little dramatic. My silver lining has been I’ve had so much more time to do frivolous things that make me happy. Not only does baking make me happy but baking for people makes me happy. So here’s a snippet of the past few months.

I present to you banana chocolate chip bread and carrot cupcakes. Both recipes are adapted from thekitchn.com

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