Just a quick post today as I have such a busy weekend what with the Easter holiday AND a family birthday to shop-plan-cook for, but it's been a while since I posted and I'm anxious to check in with you all.
First, I had a GREAT week working my new gig at America's Test Kitchen. Everyone I've met, and especially my teammates at Cook's Illustrated have been awesome. They've been incredibly helpful, welcoming and PATIENT as I work to quickly learn the ropes and become a fully contributing member of the team. After a few days of HR and IT "new hire" stuff I was in the kitchen getting started on two new recipes I'm developing. I've got a ton to learn, but I'm already having a blast in the mix with some seriously talented cooks. So fun!
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Just because I've decided to cut back on sugar and fat in my post-holiday diet doesn't mean I've taken all the fun off my table.
Case in point, this Sriracha Salt!
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Today I present to you MY second favorite cookie of the three I made this year to satisfy the requirements of our family holiday cookie swap. I emphasise the MY in the prior sentence, because by most accounts the cookie I will be sharing next, a mint-chocolate offering, was the runaway winner of the popularity contest this year; but as I've stated here before, my being one of the very few folks on the planet not enamored of the combo of chocolate and mint, those cookies fell to a distant third place in my personal ranking of this year's cookies.
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It's time once again to share some of the sweet holiday treats that I baked up for what is now our 3rd Annual Dunn Sibling Holiday Cookie Swap. Per my brother's recommendation a couple years back, he and I and our sister (along with a few other select invitees) have exchanged holiday cookies to commemorate the season now that we've all reached the point in our lives where we need absolutely NOTHING in the way of traditional Christmas gifts, and our kids, poor deprived things, have so much that they can no longer even generate a Christmas wish list, let alone come up with a request for things they may actually need.
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My oldest "baby", Hayden, just turned 22 and as he wasn't home for a traditional birthday celebration with cake this year, I decided to bake him a batch of these amazing brownies to enjoy when he returned from college for Thanksgiving. They are a slight twist on an Alice Medrich recipe from her fab book, Seriously Bitter Sweet: The Ultimate Dessert Maker's Guide to Chocolate .
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, Cookies - Bars
I call these "Twisted Turtle Bars" because they are my spin on the classic as presented by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito in their second cookbook, Baked Explorations: Classic American Desserts Reinvented . I made these to bring to my eldest son and his cronies at college a few weekends back, and decided to modify the original recipe NOT because I thought I could make it any better, but because I didn't have all the ingredients I needed on-hand and so decided to make a few substitutions.
"Turtles" have always been, are now, and will always be candies that are made from caramel, chocolate and pecans. I love them in a way that is probably unnatural for a grown man, but really what's not to love about them. They're chewy, crunchy, sweet, and salty...and oh so cute if made properly so that they resemble little turtles with the pecans forming their legs and head.
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, Main Course
, Middle Eastern
, Rice and Grains
I made another batch of Mejadra (Mujadra) recently, the awesome middle eastern dish consisting of rice, lentils, gads of spices, and fried onions, and enjoyed it over the course of a week as a dinner side as well as a meatless lunchtime meal. It's an easy, healthy, and super flavorful dish to keep on-hand to fill in the gaps of a given week's meal plan and it seems to get better with each reheating. I served up my last left-over portion as a dinner side with some delicious double thick lamb chops that I had in the freezer. Following the lead of my friends Clay and Zach over at The Bitten Word, I decided to marinate my lamb "post-grilling" as the meat rested in a bowl of za'atar and EVOO.....and it was SO GOOD I almost wept!
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Not a fan of cauliflower?
That is about to change....I promise you.
I've never had strong feelings one way or another about cauliflower, perhaps because it always just struck me as a not very exciting veg. Rather bland to look at, not much better to taste, it seemed one of those "blank canvas" types of items that I never took the time to figure out how to dress up and make interesting.
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, Frozen Treats
, Ice Cream
, Sauces / Condiments
Forget the bowl, dig right into the tub and don't stop until it's all gone!
Not yet wanting to let go of summer I'm running around like a mad man consuming all the fresh corn and fruits I can get my hands on these days. Even though the morning air has a bit of a chill this time of year, afternoons are still nice and warm and we've had such a nice stretch of cloud free days that I recently had a craving for one more batch of a fruit infused ice cream.
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I'm not one of those people that can sit on the couch at 9 PM with a pint of Ben and Jerry's, fire up Netflix and call it a night.
Actually, let me rephrase.....I can TOTALLY do that, I just try very hard not too because with every passing year, those night time indulgences get harder to work off the next day. Hear what I'm sayin'?
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