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

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