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Deep Fried Cookie Dough

10/27/14


I know what you're thinking.  Is Deep Fried Cookie Dough really necessary??  No.  Absolutely not.  But also, YES.  It is ab-so-LUTELY necessary!!!  OH MY GAWD.  Oh my gurrrrrrrd.  I'm not sure how I've survived almost 34 years on this planet without this monstrosity.  

Last week, thanks to a friend and thanks to this buzzfeed article, I discovered that Deep Fried Cookie Dough is a thing.  A real thing that some (mental) people have actually tried.  Of course, I just HAD to join their place in history, as a fellow freak of nature human that thinks this is a good idea.  Let me tell you what happens when you fry cookie dough: you are left with a crispy crust, not unlike the edges of a funnel cake, and an ooey, gooey half-baked cookie-like interior.

It's rich.  It's intense.  It's something you might want to share with a friend.  But it's totally worth it.  And if you don't think so, then go eat some kale in the corner. 




Short Rib Chili + Creamy Polenta

10/24/14


If I'm ever in the mood to order something rich and decadent at a restaurant, it's short ribs.  Usually accompanied by pasta, mashed potatoes or risotto.  You know, the type of meal that sticks to your bones.  I would have done really well as a king in the olden days when gluttony was a sign of success and people walked around with turkey drumsticks hanging out of their mouthes.  (That happened, right?)  This chili is definitely THAT kind of comfort food.  Pull-apart short ribs slowly cooked in a decadent sauce served on top of creamy polenta!  It was intense, but perfect for a winter weekend.  I ended up adding a 28 oz. jar of crushed tomatoes to the pot, and cut down slightly on the chilies for spice reasons.  I think my favorite part of this recipe was learning to make polenta after all of these years!  For some reason it had intimidated me in the past (anything that requires constant stirring is bananas), but it was extremely easy and I will definitely make it more often. 

Recipe here.  


These pictures are blurry, sorry about that.  I definitely had a week where having 3 kids caught up with me.  Almost every day I had a moment in which I thought, oh my god I have 3 kids!  But if I find the time today, I'm going to attempt something ridiculous.  Tune in next week to find out what!

Homemade Baby Ruth Bars

10/21/14


I can barely look at this picture without getting upset that these are all gone.  Why didn't I make one trillion??  Probably because I didn't want to gain one trillion pounds.  

As you know, every year at Halloween I like to try and recreate a popular candy at home, and after asking you for suggestions I decided upon Baby Ruth Bars this year!  Are you a fan?  They are very similar to a Snickers bar, actually... how are they different?  In my opinion they're better.  Also, who can forget the famous cameo they made in the movie Caddyshack?  Doody!!!  (Please confess in the comments below if you call poop "doody.")  I found this recipe, and gave it a try.  It seems like a lot of steps, but as long as you have everything prepped ahead of time, it's a relatively simple process.  I layered the nougat (weirdest word ever), caramel and peanuts in an 8x8 baking dish lined with parchment paper and then let that cool in the fridge.  Once the layers were set and hardened, I removed the bars from the dish and cut them into 8 pieces.  I melted the chocolate, and using two forks dipped each bar completely so it fully resembled the candy bar.       

nougat...      


caramel... 


peanuts...



These are BETTER than the real deal.  For real.  Really.  Doody!  (Sorry)


Homemade Halloween Treats

10/17/14


What are you up to this weekend?  I dare you to make ALL of these homemade candies I've attempted over the years.  Ok, or just one.  BUT HOW DO YOU PICK?  They were all so good.  And finally, I leave you with my annual question... what candy should I make this year??

Meaty Quesadilla

10/16/14


We almost always acknowledge Taco Tuesday's, because what else are Tuesday's for?  They aren't for humps, no no no, or for posting old, adorable photos of ourselves on Instagram.  They are for binge eating tacos and nothing else.  But sometimes I get into a taco rut, producing the same old recipe week after week.  That was until my neighbor made these Meaty Quesadillas one SATURDAY (I know, she be crazy), and I lost track of how many I ate.  They are simple, and delicious.  The spices and flavorings lend so much to the meat which is then paired with creamy Monterey Jack cheese, sandwiched in a crisp tortilla and topped with avocado, sour cream and salsa.  It's perfect.  And definitely not too spicy for the kiddos!  My children didn't even notice the green onions.  Success.

Try shaking up your next Tuesday!  I'm a commercial.       

Chicken in Milk

10/14/14


Last week, I had two different people send me this same recipe in one day.  Naturally I was like, fine Universe, FINE, I'll make it.  Especially after reading this article which raved and raved about it.  The recipe?  Roasted chicken cooked in milk.  I was extremely intrigued and slightly disgusted by the idea of it, but the former outweighed the latter and so I gathered up these random ingredients...   


Lemon zest, unpeeled garlic cloves, sage, whole milk and a cinnamon stick.  The recipe comes from chef Jamie Oliver, who claims the combination of ingredients form the most flavorsome sauce.  Actually he puts a 'u' in the word "flavorsome" because he's a silly Brit!  The only adjustment I made was suggested by this article, and that was to cover the chicken for 3/4 of the cooking time. 

So, what did I think?  Was it the best chicken recipe of all time?  Eh...

Listen, it was GOOD.  I loved squeezing out the sweet, roasted garlic, smothering it over the chicken, and dipping it all in the sauce.  But was it the most flavorsome sauce of all time?  That's a bold claim and I wasn't buying it.  However, if you're looking for something unique and tasty that's very simple to throw together... make this chicken!  I'd be interested to hear your thoughts.  (We should form a "food club" not unlike a "book club" where we try out recipes and then talk about them while eating ON TOP of discussing food.  Nobody ever reads the book anyway...)  


Creamy Potato Soup

10/10/14


I'm sitting here, staring at the crescent moon-shaped shadow in that bowl of soup, listening to my toddler talk to her stuffed animals through the baby monitor when she should be napping, in an other wise quiet house, feeling stuffed to the brim from the Shake Shack I just devoured, and wondering where on earth I'm going with this post... I'm tired.  And guess what?  Twice this week my 7-week old slept through the night!  But both times another kid woke up instead, because it's illegal for moms to have uninterrupted sleep.  There are things on my to-do list.  THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS ON MY TO-DO LIST.  But all I want to do is drink beer and organize my sons legos in the Container Store bins I just purchased.  I want to color-coordinate them and group them by size and shape and that's just absolutely absurd, Siri.  Instead, I will tell you about this potato soup that you should make, because it was creamy and delicious, especially when topped with bacon, cheddar cheese and chives.      

Click here for the recipe, and enjoy your weekends!


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