Choco-Chip Cookies. I made the little balls about a tablespoon as the recipe called for but still ended up with 30 cookies when I had already cut the recipe in half. So, by my calculations they ended up being only about 1.25 points a piece. Not bad...even if it is a smaller cookie. I thought about sitting something next to the cookies as I hastily took the picture this morning but then it quickly flew out of my mind. See the thing is I was packaging up the rest of the ones I had baked (I had some in the freezer : ) ) and taking them to my parents house. Granted I still have maybe 12 in the freezer but I'm ok with that. : ). Now the problem is that I like them better frozen, as I've always loved frozen or refrigerated cookie dough for that matter. I don't think I'll bake anymore of them this round. I'll just eat them one by one or two by two until they're gone. That is why I wanted to get a quick picture. They ended up being about 2" in diameter but fluffier than I'd hoped. I like a chewy cookie and this was definitely a fluffy cookie. Although, it did have a hint of a crunch around the edges and that helped so it wasn't too fluffy and cloud-like. I don't think this will be my standby but it was good enough for a treat.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
I have found a cake that will make an appearance at special events throughout the year because it's just that good. I made this cake for my son's first birthday party. I figured carrots are good for him : ). The cake I'm talking about is a Carrot-Orange Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting. If you're ever feeling like you need a treat and you should always eat your vegetables then I would lean in the way of this. It's moist and delicious as well as a crowd pleaser. I'm sad I only took pictures of the outside of the cake (Curious George) and of my son eating the cake but no pictures of just a piece of cake. Either way, this is a short post but worth writing about.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Green & Black and their products are all organic.They make chocolate bars, hot cocoa, baking cocoa, and ice cream. I've always wanted to try their ice cream and have no good reason that I haven't. I tried the 70% chocolate bar and was so hooked that I'm embarrassed to say I haven't tried anything else by them. I always unwrap it like they do in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so very careful. But when you bite into it the flavors are so wonderful and smooth. There's hints of fruit as the creamy chocolate melts slowly. This unlike other chocolate will in fact melt in your hand and in your mouth :). It definitely should be eaten in moderation due to the decadence of it. So for anyone who loves an amazing chocolate bar, I recommend the 70% dark chocolate Green & Black bar.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
I'm always searching for the perfect lemon dessert, aren't you? I could also be looking for the perfect chocolate or caramel dessert as well. But for the moment I've found the fabulous Frozen Lemon Meringue Pie. I was looking for a dessert for my husband's 31st birthday and he loves pie. By loves pie I think it ranks up there with his love for me. : ) Lemon Meringue Pie is his favorite and so I was looking for something similar but different. This delicious pie calls for a crust made with pecans and not graham crackers or pastry which makes it different from the start. I did make it with walnuts though because it's what I had on hand. Then you can top it with what ever flavor of ice cream you like (although it does call for vanilla). I then was able to exercise my Lemon Curd making skills. Mmm... I could put Lemon Curd on anything. Also, it's just so easy to make I don't know why anyone would buy it. If you haven't tried to make it from scratch you really should. Of course, the pie is then topped with more ice cream and then fluffy meringue. Meringue is another component that if you haven't tried to make at home you really should. I am a huge fan of my Kitchenaid mixer though that I bought when I was 16 instead of saving up for a car, which does make the meringue whipping process a lot easier. This pie takes some time considering it has to freeze for 2 hours, then 2 hours again but it is SO worth it. Creamy deliciousness is always worth the wait. After trying this pie we decided it was fabulous as a lemon pie but would be amazing as a Frozen Key Lime Pie. Hopefully as the weather warms I will be able to make the lime version.