September 26, 2012
There are days when the minutes fly by so fast, I have all I can do to avoid a Jessie Spano-style meltdown. No time. There’s never enough time. Three times out of 10, I usually don’t make it all the way to the “I’m so excited! I’m so excited! I’m so … scared” part.
So what does an iconic 90s sitcom scene have to do with that stack-o-chocolate goodness up there? Absolutely everything.
Espresso Chocolate Chip Brownie Cookies are for the troubled multitaskers in this world—those that can’t find the time to eat a cookie and eat a brownie and drink a cup of coffee, all in one sitting. I feel your pain. And these cookie brownies ease that pain, one chocolatey, chewy, caffeinated bite at a time. Just imagine the texture of a brownie, but in cookie form. I’ll let the photos do the rest of the talking…
September 19, 2012
I haven’t been this excited about something since the last time I saw the words “Honey Boo Boo“ on my DVR. I may or may not have made the claim in last week’s newsletter that the recipe I was posting today is my new favorite recipe on the site … of all time. In existence. Ever.
Allow me to introduce you to Pepperoni Pizza Pull-Apart Bread, featuring 20 layers of homemade dough sandwiched together with tangy tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella and pepperoni slices, which are then stacked and brushed with melted garlic butter. Are you still with me?
What more could you need in a back-to-school (or in my case, back-to-football season) snack? While developing this recipe, I shared the below snap on Instagram as a quick tip for getting bread to rise: Turn your dryer into an at-home proofing box! Simply run your dryer for a few minutes then shut it off. Place your covered bowl of dough inside and shut the door.
Soon enough the Interwebs lit up with excitement and countless other suggestions for the perfect warm, dark places for getting a rise (sorry, I had to) out of your dough. I filed this recipe under the “Foods I Could Eat My Body Weight In” category, but I’ll let you be the judge of that.
September 15, 2012
Go gourmet this game day with fast and fresh recipes for finger-friendly nachos, chicken wings, whoopie pies and more tailgating touchdowns.
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September 12, 2012
September → Apples → Caramel Apples → Salted Caramel → Ice Cream → Pie → I Hate Sharing Dessert → Salted Caramel Apple Hand Pies.
And there you have it—a glimpse into the thought process behind this recipe. The critical link in the above chain is “I Hate Sharing Dessert,” which is what inspired me to transform a pie for 10 people into 10 personal pies. While sharing may be caring, it also happens to be impairing … to satisfying my sweet tooth.
The dough enveloping this mix of tart apples and sweet, salted caramel is part puff pastry, part pie dough. So while there’s just enough butter to form flaky layers of pastry, there’s also a bit of sour cream to guarantee moisture. Best of all, the recipe yields a puff pastry-like equivalent sans the hours of beating, folding and rolling required of the real deal.
If your skinny jeans are stretching beyond capacity at the sight of this recipe, then head on over to The Healthy Apple, where my friend Amie has whipped up a lighter take on a fall fruit dessert with her Gluten-Free Apple Pistachio Crisp. Or, follow my lead by telling yourself you’re “just having a little fruit for dessert” and grab a pie with one hand and a forkful of Amie’s crisp with the other. And don’t share either.
September 5, 2012
That big bowl of flavor and crunch up there is my dinner at least once a week. Fast, fresh and figure-friendly, my mom’s recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad has become my go-to alternative to Manhattan’s bevy of overpriced-but-easily-available takeout options.
A few weeks ago I posted a picture of this salad on Instagram and Facebook and was asked to share the recipe. Ask and ye shall receive my fellow Chinese Chicken Salad enthusiasts. This colorful mix features a plethora of tastes and textures, from shredded purple cabbage and tender chicken to toasted almonds and crisp cucumber batons. All that healthy goodness is tossed in a homemade sesame dressing.
You’ll want to go ahead and splurge on this low-fat favorite now because next week it’s all about the butter. (Two words: apple pie.)