Dec 19 2012

chocolate fluff cookies

Chocolate Fluff Cookie

I’ve got a few different cookie recipes to share with you for the holiday season, and I figured I may as well start with my favorite so that you don’t have any excuse not to make them. These chocolate fluff cookies come from the same recipe booklet from America’s Test Kitchen as the much-loved chocolate turtle cookies from last year. I’ve been wanting desperately to make them ever since I got the booklet a year ago. How I’ve resisted that gooey, fluffy chocolate covered center this long is a mystery.

Chocolate Fluff Cookie

Chocolate Fluff Cookie

And you would never guess it, but these are actually ridiculously easy to make. The most complicated part of the entire process was clearing out enough space in my freezer to lay a cookie tray in there that would lay perfectly flat. Who has that kind of room in their freezer? Are we the only ones that keep our freezer stocked with everything from leftovers, frozen peas and corn, veggie burgers, the remains of a can of chipotle peppers, nuts, coffee, and backup frozen meals from Trader Joe’s for those days when we only have 15 minutes to prepare and eat a meal before heading out the door? Surely we’re not the only ones. We had to load our cooler up in order to make room, but there was never a doubt in my mind that it would be worth it.

Chocolate Fluff Cookie

Chocolate Fluff Cookie

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Oct 1 2012

bourbon and chocolate chip banana bread

Bourbon and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

My aunt and uncle moved into their cute house on the northern border of Massachusetts last winter and going up to visit them is the perfect antidote to the crazy work schedule I’ve had lately. Technically it’s on a lake, but we all call it the Pond House and it is every bit as cozy and quaint as it sounds. The house boasts big plush couches in the living room, comfy chairs on the screened-in porch overlooking the lake, tall Adirondack chairs on the deck, and even a cute little bench on the dock right over the water.

Bananas and Bourbon

Bourbon and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Batter

Have you figured out the pattern here? Whether it’s a bench, an Adirondack chair or a couch, there are myriad options of where to plant your tush while you sit and do nothing but while away the hours with some pretty awesome family members. Should you decide you’d like more movement than the basics of transporting wine or cheese from the table to your mouth, you can hop in a kayak or go for a scenic walk. In short, this is the life.

Bourbon and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread out of the oven

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Jul 7 2012

goat cheese ice cream with roasted cherries and dark chocolate freckles

Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Roasted Cherries and Dark Chocolate Freckles

If you thought I was excited about the roasted strawberry ice cream from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams At Home, just wait till you hear about this one. I am seriously in love with this goat cheese ice cream with roasted cherries. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the goat cheese, but I was pleasantly surprised by the depth of flavor that it added to the ice cream. To be honest, I don’t think I would have ever guessed it was goat cheese if I did I blind taste test, perhaps in part because it’s not an ingredient that I expect in my ice cream.

Roasted Cherries

I’ve been anxious to try this recipe for a while, but was not so patiently waiting for cherry prices to drop first. When they were suddenly $2.98 a pound, I grabbed a big bag of cherries, did a little dance, and pulled out my OXO cherry pitter. For the cheese I used a Vermont goat cheese that we picked up on a day trip to Southern Vermont that we took to restock on maple syrup, cheese, more cheese, and supplies at the King Arthur Flour store (oh how I love Vermont!!). When you’re using fresh local ingredients, it’s hard to go wrong!

Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Roasted Cherries and Dark Chocolate Freckles

Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Roasted Cherries and Dark Chocolate Freckles

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May 25 2012

roasted strawberry stracciatella ice cream {and a giveaway!}

Strawberry Stracciatella Ice Cream

I’m so excited, I don’t even know where to begin. After a couple of months – and in particular the last couple of weeks – of craziness at work, I’m finally done with the project I’ve been working on for the last few months. Furthermore, it’s Memorial Day weekend and I’m taking a couple of days off to visit family in DC. Goodbye migraines, hello summer sunshine, family, and friends!

On top of all of that, I also have a wonderful new ice cream recipe to share with you AND just in case you need an ice cream maker so that you can make said recipe, we have a giveaway for a brand new Cuisinart ICE-21 ice cream machine courtesy of BigKitchen! BigKitchen is a kitchenware retailer located in Tampa, FL with tons of great stuff for the kitchen and they’re currently constructing a state-of-the-art test kitchen where they’ll film demonstration videos. Pretty cool, huh?

Strawberries

Ok, on to the recipe, because seriously, you need to try this. I had the hardest time deciding on a recipe because frankly, armed with David Lebovitz’ Perfect Scoop and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home, it is so hard to choose! I would have to make ice cream at least once a week just to get to my top picks before the end of the summer. But because strawberries are looking so perfect at the store these days that I just had to try strawberry ice cream.

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