28 December 2009

A Little Break

Y'all, I'm going to Mexico tomorrow. I'll be back in a week with food stories and lots of photos. Have a happy New Year and don't forget to eat black eyed peas and collards on the first!

Back to Cookies.

I posted this photo earlier but I never gave the recipe for the cookie! And it's really good, so it needs posting.

Chocolate Toffee Cookies
Adapted from Bon Appetit

1 lb dark, semisweet chocolate (chopped)
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 stick butter
1 3/4 cups packed brown sugar
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
5 1.4 oz chocolate covered toffee bars (I used Heath)
1 cup toasted pecans or walnuts
sea salt for a final sprinkling.

Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl and set aside. Meanwhile, melt chocolate and butter in a large double boiler. Once melted, remove the bowl from the double boiler and allow to cool down to room temp.
In a standing mixer, beat eggs and brown sugar for 5 minutes, until they are smooth and thick. Slowly add in chocolate and vanilla. Next, sift in flour mixture, chopped toffee and nuts. Chill batter for 45 minutes. It is really thin before chilling, but it firms right up in the fridge.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a pan with parchment paper, and drop spoonfuls of dough 2 inches apart on the pan. Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 12 minutes- they are really good underdone. They should have a crackled appearance on top.

26 December 2009

Christmas, Etc.

Yesterday I made an apple custard danish, got a new coon-skin cap, put a bow on Jacky- the usual holiday business. I also got a few extra special gifts, including my dream typewriter. You may remember, I wrote about it in March!!! And now it's mine!!! I'm going to write a cookbook on it, whilst drinking vermouth and eating smoked almonds.
I don't know about anyone else, but I woke up today and ate a huge bowl of oatmeal. Then I immediately started in on my stocking candy. We have finished most of the maple candies and a lot of chocolates, and polished off the cassoulet from last night. It's disgusting. I can't wait to put on a bathing suit in a few days.

24 December 2009

Cookie Party!

Merry christmas, Y'all. My brother is visiting and puking his brains out, so you can tell we are having a good time. Today while he moans and sighs around the house I am going to be roasting lamb bones and making duck confit. Yes, we are having cassoulet! I can't imagine that the smell of baked lamb bones will help his situation, but then, I don't care. It's worth it.
Also on the roster, cookies and danishes! I will be turing dough and taking photos for later when I can be a better blogger.
Enjoy your holiday and bake some cookies.

15 December 2009


I made these earlier this fall and have not stopped thinking about them. They are so simple. Comforting and flakey.

Pecan Ginger Scones
adapted from Molly Wizenberg

2 cups AP flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 stick butter (chilled)
3 Tb sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup pecans
1/4 cup crystalized ginger, diced

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients together. Dice butter into small cubes, and then add them into the dry bowl. Pinch the butter into the flour until all the large lumps are gone. Add in the ginger and the pecans. I don't actually remember the measurement of pecans I used, but a half cup sounds safe. In a small bowl beat the egg and the milk. Pour this over the dry mix and stir briefly. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and knead with your hands 12 times (Molly says this is the perfect number of kneads, and I listen to her when she gives out numbers). Form the dough into a flat circle and then cut it into 8 wedges. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Bake them on a baking sheet for 10 minutes or until they look golden and done. I served mine with salt sprinkled butter and marscarpone.

07 December 2009

12 Days of Cookies!!!

via lottie & doof

I want to make them all!!!!! Maybe I will!!!!!!!!!

Also in my future:

Dinner tonight: Roast Chicken. It is SO cold in Portland tonight.

For holiday secret snacking 3 Layer Peppermint Bark

I need to find A replacement for Shane

Maybe I will drink a bowl of Aristocrat Sparkling Punch

And... I want to go to there.

03 December 2009

Thanksgiving Memories

Here you see images of a huge failure (the Italian style squash tart with chocolate, caramel and rum that was featured in Portland Monthly last month- I almost wonder if they ever tried the recipe, it was so bad, no offense Portland Monthly!!), and some beet pickled eggs that are destined to be deviled. Those were tasty, though I found that the pickling made the eggs a little... tough. Next time I will only pickle them for one day rather than three.

School is for Squares (And I'm L7)

Sorry for my crappy posting lately, y'all. It's finals week at school and I'm taking a beating.

Here are some fantasy recipes that I have not made but want to and maybe you should first and then tell me about it or better yet bring me some:

Anzac Cookies from 101 Cookbooks
Fresh Mint Ice Cream from Orangette
No Knead Bread from Smitten Kitchen
Israeli Couscous with Preserved Lemons and Butternut Squash from David Lebovitz
Dr.Pepper Ribs from Homesick Texan
Savory Cabbage Slaw with Applesauce Vinaigrette and Mustard Seeds from The Wednesday Chef
Ugly Fish Soup from The Lobster Squad

And OK... Maple and Homemade Yogurt Panna Cotta from Cannelle et Vanille.

Get to it- I have to go back to class.