Aug.
16

A couple of weeks ago I tried a new recipe for chocolate chip cookies.  If you’ve read my blog a few times or follow me on Twitter you know I have a big ol’ crush on Alton Brown.  What can I say… talent, wit and just enough geek-boy in him to keep me interested in any show he does or book he writes or commercial he stars in.  Yup… I got it reeeeeeeeeeeeal bad for Alton… and I’m not at all ashamed to admit it :)  Alton’s show “Good Eats” is one of my favorites and I’ll watch the episodes repeatedly never getting bored or restless.  In his episode Three Chips For Sister Marsha he provided us with three different chocolate chip cookie recipes…  The Thin… The Puffy… and… The Chewy.  Out of all the ridiculous number of chocolate chip cookie recipes I’ve tried, sadly most have turned out like “The Thin” so I have absolutely no desire to make that one.  Previously I’ve made The Chewy and really liked them so this time I decided to try “The Puffy”.  What I liked about that recipe was the cookies retain so much of their height.  I know it’s all about personal preference but sorry me no likey flat chocolate chip cookies.  When I made “The Puffy” the cookies were sooooo good that by the time I thought about blogging them, they were all gone!  So this week when I came across the idea of making chocolate chip cookies… with Oreos… I knew exactly what base recipe I’d use.  Once again… thank you Alton Brown!

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Aug.
13

Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Earlier this week a coworker showed me a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cake.  He didn’t ask me to make it, but rather just showed me the recipe saying something along the lines of “isn’t this interesting”.  Of course, he figured once he put the bug in my ear I’d make it.  Some of my colleagues know me quite well ;)  As luck would have it two things came into play… 1) I had two gorgeous zucchini in my fridge just waiting to be used for something special and 2) this coworker is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met – for him I’d make pretty much anything he wanted.   Unfortunately I did not bookmark the recipe and when I went back to make it couldn’t find the site it was from.  I turned to the internet figuring it would be easy to find… I mean, chocolate zucchini cake?  Who ever heard of that?  But I was surprised to see just how many Chocolate Zucchini Cake recipes are out there – trust me, a lot!  After reading thru a whole bunch I decided on this one from the King Arthur Flour company.  Back when I first started baking, I tried many of KAF’s recipes… and called their “baker’s helpline” (as I call it) many times with what I’m sure were extremely elementary questions.  Yes, I was a total newbie and not ashamed to admit it… if only anonymously… and over the phone ;)  At this point I’ve lost count of just how many recipes I’ve tried from King Arthur Flour.  The results are pretty darn consistent and this is just one more that didn’t let me down !  This cake is rich, moist, chocolatey, fudgy, dark and… and… and absolutely delicious.

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Aug.
01

Quick breads are wonderful to make.  They work out great for a variety of occasions… quick breakfast… afternoon tea… last night snack… or even “just because”. They great to eat by yourself and even better to eat with others.  Fruity or nutty… sweet, savory or plain… quick breads are terrific.  Last weekend I had some ready-to-bake-with bananas and went in search of something other than the standard banana bread.  Hey… not that there’s anything wrong with standard banana bread, mind you, I just wanted to bake something different.  Am I ever glad I made this recipe because as far as I’m concerned any quick bread that is just as fresh and moist on day 7 as it was on day 2, well, that recipe is definitely a keeper!

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Jul.
27

As we near the close of another month that means it’s time for another Daring Bakers reveal. The July Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Nicole at Sweet Tooth. She chose Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Cookies and Milan Cookies from pastry chef Gale Gand of the Food Network. We had the choice of making one… or both… of the cookie recipes and I chose the Milans.  They’re very similar to Pepperidge Farm’s Milanos which are close to being our favorite store-bought cookies so of course I had to make the Milans.  Ha!… as if I had a choice! LOL!!

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Jul.
21

Another ice cream recipe?  Oh yeah… another ice cream recipe!  This one is rich, full-flavored and not for the faint of heart.  While it might have been said a time or two that I’m not a huge fan of chocolate, there are a couple of chocolate recipes that are good enough to make me change my mind.  One is the Black Magic chocolate cake and the other is this adaptation of the chocolate ice cream recipe from David Lebovitz.  Though I may not be a chocoholic and can’t honestly say that love chocolate… I do love THIS chocolate ice cream!

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