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kebabs, linzers and chiffon

This was a surprising good meal, Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Noodles. Jude loves raw carrots and cucumbers and I love any kind of peanut sauce so everyone was happy. I’m adding it to my meal planning food list.

chicken kebabs with soba noodle/cucumber salad and sesame carrots

For VDay, Jude and I spent some time making cookies. And really, when Smitten Kitchen posted the recipe for Chocolate Hazelnut Linzer Heart Cookies, I knew they were the ones to make. So stinking good.

Nutella and hazelnuts heart

Really, everything is better with Nutella.

chocolate hazelnut Linzer cookies

And finally, I can’t believe I haven’t posted the recipe for this cake before. It is probably the best, non-chocolate cake I have ever made. This Mixed Berry Chiffon Cake with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting is a show stopper. And the perfect birthday cake. ūüôā It’s pretty time consuming to make, but I made the cake a week ahead of time and froze it (cakes always taste better after they have been frozen) and made the filling and frosting the day before. Delicious.

Mixed Berry Chiffon Cake with Almond Cream Cheese Frosting

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the food around here lately

I bet you guys were thinking we haven’t been eating much interesting stuff around here lately, huh? Since I had a couple people mention they miss me posting about food, I decided to give it a go once more. We have been eating some yummy and crazy stuff! Although, I must say, I’m not near as vigilant about getting pictures of everything we’re eating these days, so you’ll have to settle with just the links.

We had a vegetarian friend over for lunch one day so I made these Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and Honey. They were really more like dessert but so yummy. And perfect with curried carrot soup.

And for you gluten free folks, these are some of the easiest gluten free cookies I’ve made and they are SO yummy: Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies. Mine were about half almond butter too. Very crumbly, but it didn’t matter because they tasted so good.

Chocolate peanut butter cookies

A surprise hit were these Quinoa ‘Burgers’, which really aren’t burgers at all – more like pancakes but more filling. And they freeze well too. Sadly, I am not sure what to do about quinoa since it’s come to light that Bolivians aren’t getting to eat as much of their staple food source because of the rising global prices of quinoa. But the farmers are getting paid more . . . It’s quite the conundrum.

Quinoa 'Burgers'

Just in case we were starting to be suspected of being vegetarians, I made Balsamic and Whiskey Steak which then lead to the leftovers becoming Steak and Eggs for breakfast, complete with crispy hash potatoes. Naturally.

Steak and Eggs

And to ward of all the vampires we have in Austin, I gave the Vampire Steak a try. Nice and garlicky.

And another surprise hit? Balsamic Roast Beef. I strained off the cooking liquid after it crock potted all day and put it in the fridge to remove the layer of fat and then cooked it down to make a thick sauce and reintroduced it to the shredded pot roast. Much more flavorful than your standard pot roast.

And seriously, if you don’t think you like cauliflower, try roasting it. I could eat a whole head of cauliflower like popcorn when it’s prepared this way. I’ve been eating it several times a week. (And really, isn’t every vegetable better when it’s roasted?)

And finally, a little something Jude and I whipped up (literally) for dessert at a friend’s house, a Cannoli Tart. It was surprisingly similar to a true Cannoli and not very sweet at all.

Cannoli Tart

How about you? Any good recipes to share?

 

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Brownie Cookies with Salted Caramel Creme Filling

Brownie cookies are already seriously high up there in my favorite things. Chocolate cookies with chocolate chips with a slight crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside. So fantastic already.

Brownie Cookies

But then you add salted caramel frosting and these things become epic. Seriously epic. Like, can hardly keep from making these every second of every day. Thankfully this recipe made enough filling to make several batches of brownies. Seriously, if you need a show stopper holiday cookie, these  Brownie Cookies with Salted Caramel Creme Filling are some of the best.

Brownie Cookies with Salted Caramel Frosting

 What are some of your favorite holiday cookies to make? Share your recipes in the comments below!

 

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ladies at the lake 2012

On to another one of the other fun things that has been keeping me busy! I was lucky enough to get away for a weekend at my friend’s beautiful lakehouse once more for another Ladies at the Lake weekend (see here, here and here¬†for the past visits)!¬†It was so. Much. Fun (and thank you Beka for letting me hijack the photos you took).

We ate a TON of good food. Like seriously. These are the Sour Cream, Cherry and Tequila popsicles that were just out of this world. Also worth sharing, although not pictured, sea salt brownie cookies (without the caramel), Orange Pecan French Toast, and crab linguine with Basil, Lemon & Chile. So good.

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We saw the biggest full moon of the year over the water…

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while roasting marshmallows and making s’mores.

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We enjoyed a picnic lunch of some decadent goodies:

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My favorite was the Dai Due chicken liver mousse with white mulberry jam!

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We enjoyed some yummy cocktails like the French 75.

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And I got to take naps in the hammock! Yay for naps!

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While I napped, the other ladies kayaked. I think napping wins but they had fun.

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We indulged in some yummy Summer Berry Pizza with Nutella and White Chocolate (um yes please)!

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As well as ward of these little guys that seemed to be everywhere:

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Oh happy little lakehouse, you treat us very well.

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Such a nice refreshing time with good friends. Toenails are still painted and looking pretty and I’m still thinking about the ending of Another Earth. Looking forward to doing this again!

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Toddler Tuesdays: mom’s day, birthdays, stoplights and foam

It’s a quick toddler tuesday around here since we are busy up to our ears with a bathroom remodel (before and after coming soon!), work and some fun getaways!

I took the marble paintings¬†Jude made and turned them into mother’s day cards for all the grandmas in our family. Took a little inspiration from Marimekko and cut out poppy shapes and glued them to construction paper.

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And then my mom’s birthday is coming up soon so we took one of Jude’s watercolors and cut it into a heart and wrote our happy birthday wishes.

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We got to get away this weekend to Fort Worth for a college classmate’s wedding so we dropped Jude off with my parents. My mom always has fun activities to do with Jude and like me, she loves food. She made these cute stop light jelly cookies with Jude. They were quite the hit!

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And finally, she showed up a fun way to use bubbles Рwrap cheese close around the bottom of a toilet paper roll and the bubbles turn to foam! Jude thought the foam was perfect to jump on.

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Feel free to link up to the post or leave a link in the comments if you want to participate in Toddler Tuesday and let everyone know what you have been up to!

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deliciousness numero 2

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of the recipes we have been eating around here yesterday! I thought 8 recipes in one post was too much, hence, recipe post numero 2.

If you haven’t bought the Best New Recipe cookbook yet, you really should. I haven’t had a failed recipe from it yet. And this pasta carbonara is no exception. Eggs, cheese, bacon, white wine, garlic, pasta. Yum. It’s a default recipe that I turn to again and again when I have no idea what to make. It’s quick, easy and tasty. . . maybe lacking in the nutritional category, but you know, you can’t win them all!

Pasta Carbonara

You have to like sweet potatoes to like this one, and possible own a mandoline or other thin slicing device. I wouldn’t have had the patience to slice all of the sweet potatoes as thin as they need to be with my chef’s knife for this¬†spanish sweet potato tortilla with salsa verde. I loved this dish but Jason, not so much. He doesn’t like sweet potatoes. . . I loved it again and again as it reheated well and was even tasty at room temperature.

sweet potato tortilla

And again with the ¬†Best New Recipe cookbook, their¬†eggplant parmesan is so amazing. It’s seriously some of the best I’ve ever had, and eggplant is one of the few vegetables that I don’t particularly care for. But I like it this way!

eggplant parmesan

And no recipe post could be complete without some nutella! These no bake nutella peanut butter cookies as so addicting. So amazing. I threw in some extra chocolate chips just to take them completely over the top, and oh man, I want some more now.

Nutella no bake cookies

Alright, what recipes have been successes in your house lately? I always am looking for new ones to try!

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Neiman Marcus Cookies

You may remember a certain fictitious e-mail regarding Neiman Marcus cookies circulating through e-mail back in the mid 90s. Years ago, I made these cookies and they are delicious, I would like to make them again. But that’s not the point of this post. The point is that Neiman Marcus has a different cookie recipe on their website that is their signature chocolate chip cookie. That was enough to entice me to try it.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

We had the ingredients on hand to whip a batch of these up (sadly, only 24 cookies and they went FAST) and we baked them off. The addition of the instant espresso powder is perfect. It is barely detectable when the cookies are warm but develops into a bit of ‘je ne sais quoi’ when they cool.

Neiman Marcus Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think Jason was especially appreciative of these cookies as they were simple chocolate chip cookies. No nuts, nothing else, except for that tiny hint of coffee flavor that just amplifies the chocolatey goodness. I can certainly see why these cookies are the staple chocolate chip cookie for Neiman Marcus’ cafe.

Recipe for Neiman Marcus Cookies

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crisp salted oatmeal chocolate cookies

I have a soft spot in my heart for the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie. It’s like a cookie that is trying to be healthy, but just can’t quite make it. Story of my life! In reality, I really enjoy the texture that the oats give to the cookie. I’ve tried a couple different recipes, trying to get a good cookie but they always turn out kinda funky. A little too thin, too greasy . . . etc.

Well, of course I turn to Deb from Smitten Kitchen. I found her recipes for Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate cookies, and I wanted to make them. She had me hooked at salted. Salt. My weakness. One of many.

The original cookies had white chocolate chunks in them, and I’m not a big fan of white chocolate (as it’s not chocolate at all, just cocoa butter) but she adamantly said that white chocolate was the way to go with these. I thought I bought white chocolate. I really did. The wrapper of the chocolate bar I bought was white while the dark chocolate bar of the same brand was dark! But it was semi-sweet chocolate. So, instead of getting white chocolate, I just used what I had. And I’m happy I did. I mean, I’d still like to try them with white chocolate,¬† but this batch was not disappointing at all! They are thin, but not too thin. There’s a bit of chewiness but a good amount of crunch around the edges. I think she described them as ‘shattery’ which is definitely a good descriptor. A worthy cookie.

Recipe for Crisp Salted Oatmeal Chocolate Cookies

Salted Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

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mom’s chocolate chip meringues

In my continued quest to empty out our pantry, I whipped up some of these chocolate chip meringues, literally! They helped me use up the rest of the chocolate chips and some more eggs! I took Smitten Kitchen’s advice and only used 1/2 cup of sugar instead of 3/4 cup.

I think the thing I liked most about these cookies is that the insides were soft and full of the chocolate pieces while the outsides were a light, crunchy and melted in your mouth. I will never waste an egg white again. . . these will be made again and again!

I actually forgot to add the cream of tartar, intentionally left out the nuts and the cookies came out great. Not bad for a cookie with only five ingredients! And really, they tasted more like candies than cookies at all. ūüôā

Recipe for mom’s chocolate chip meringues

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Smitten's Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

Forgive me all you dieters out there, but the cookie madness is continuing. Jason begged me to make a normal cookie. And to him, there is only one cookie: the chocolate chip cookie. Now there are a bazillion recipes out there for the perfect chocolate chip cookie and I don’t know that I claim that this one is IT, but it’s close. It packs in a ton of chocolate chips and subtly sneaks in the nuts in such a way that even those that think they don’t like nuts in their cookies will not know the difference.

I threw the pecans that are called for in the recipe into the food processor and processed them until they were almost pecan flour. . . I found out long ago that leaving out the nuts in a recipe that calls for them makes a strange cookie. Apparently you have to do something to make up for the subtraction and I’m not an experienced enough baker to know what that substitution is. ūüôā Therefore, I leave the nuts in, just pummeled until you just get the taste of the nuts and not much of the texture! Oh and I’m falling in love with my silpat all over again. One of my favorite kitchen items, for sure. If you don’t have one, you should get one soon. NOTHING sticks to a silpat which is good because my baking pans suck. A lot.

And much to Jason’s pleasure, the cookies turned out fantastic. Crispy on the edges and soft in the middle, packed full with chocolate chips. And I just used boring old tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips. Next time I’m making these with some delicious bittersweet higher quality chocolate chips. . . drool.

Recipe for Our Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies

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