Friday, May 23, 2014

White Chocolate Macadamia Brownie Cookies

White Chocolate Macadamia Brownie Cookies

James and I disagree on many things.

The most comfortable temperature for the apartment?

(Freezing cold, please.)

The comedic merits of Will Ferrell movies?

(The fart scene in Stepbrothers is funny, and I will cut you if you disagree.)

...and, politics. Let's just say that we'll both need to take a sedative on November 8, 2016 if we plan to be in the same room.

Fortunately, we're very compatible on most other things, particularly, that we're both weirdos who don't really need any alone time or personal space. When we're not working, we pretty much spend every waking moment together and neither of us would have it any other way.

White Chocolate Macadamia Brownie Cookies

So, when I found myself alone two nights in a row last week while James was out of town, I didn't know what to do with myself. Long story short, I made these super chocolaty cookies out of boredom and exercised a superhuman level of self control by only sampling two. I deserve a medal for that, because these are GOOD. They're extremely rich and fudgy with a bit of crunch from the macadamias, and stay soft for eons.

White Chocolate Macadamia Brownie Cookies

The weekend is about to begin, so that's enough about cookies.

To my U.S. readers, have a great holiday weekend! Drink lots of beer and eat lots of grilled meats!

That's my plan, anyway. (Lies! I will be at the beach in 8 days and am eating cotton balls and air all weekend.)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

Everyone loves quinoa, right? Wrong.

For a very long time I regarded quinoa with a healthy dose of disdain, and believed that its only purpose on this earth was to be health food, not delicious, desirable food.

Then, one day last month I was wandering around DC on an unseasonably frigid day trying to find some lunch, and on a whim I ordered a bowl of turkey chili served atop quinoa from a place near my office. It was shockingly delicious, so I acquiesced and said something that I rarely admit: I was wrong. Quinoa is delicious as long as it's mixed with with stuff like chili, or in this case, tomato sauce, basil, and loads of cheese.

Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

I made this for lunch yesterday, and it was so good we already added it to the dinner menu for this week. It's fast, easy, and fairly healthy - everything I look for in a weeknight dinner.

I served this as a main course, but I think it would make a great side dish to some grilled chicken breasts. If you want to bulk it up with some meat, I bet cooked Italian sausage would be a great addition (add it in when mixing up the sauce!)

For my fellow quinoa skeptics out there, give this recipe a chance. For non-quinoa skeptics, well, you were right. Gloat away.

Creamy Caprese Quinoa Bake

Monday, April 21, 2014

Skinny Chocolate Chip Buttermilk Scones

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones


I'm slacking at blogging again.

You guys have nooo idea how long it's taken for me to get this blog post published. I've had to rewrite it twice because it became dated and irrelevant.

While my busy schedule has been partially to blame, my lack of blogging is also because I've been cooking a lot of boring things. James and I have been on a bit of a health kick (to counteract the effects of our prior wine and Indian food kick) and I don't think you guys want to see photos of salmon and asparagus three times a week.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones

Since one cannot live on salmon alone, I made these incredible lightened up scones last month that don't taste a tiny bit light. These aren't actually healthy. They still contain butter, flour, and chocolate, and if you eat the whole batch your thighs will start to look like cottage cheese...however, they have about 200 fewer calories than their full fat counterpart and will subdue a chocolate craving without completely derailing your diet.

Skinny Chocolate Chip Scones

Enough about cottage cheese thighs and calories...on to happy news!

Those of you who have been around for awhile may remember that my sister and I used to blog here together. Annie quit a couple years ago because she is too busy shaping the minds of impressionable youths to take photos of scones. Anyway, two Fridays ago she got engaged! Her fiancĂ© has been a member of our family for a long time, but I'm very excited to officially call him my brother-in-law at some point in the near (no pressure, Annie and Scott!) future.

I got to see her gorgeous new bling in person last weekend, because she came to town for my birthday! It wasn't just any birthday...April 18th was the big 3-0. I spent a long time dreading turning 30, but I'm happy to report that I feel exactly the same as I did when I was 29. It certainly doesn't hurt that I still get carded...when that stops, I'll officially have an issue with aging.

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