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Handle the Heat The Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies. Click here for Part 2!

Handle the Heat The Ultimate Guide to Chocolate Chip Cookies

Have you ever wondered why chocolate chip cookies can be chewy, crisp, soft, flat, thick, cakey, greasy, bland, flavorful, moist, or crumbly? In this post I’m going to share with you how various ingredients and techniques can affect the taste, texture, and appearance of your chocolate chip cookies. This will hopefully help you understand how chocolate chip cookies work so you can make the PERFECT batch every time, whatever you consider to be perfect. This information will allow you to alter or create your own chocolate chip recipe that produces cookies just the way YOU like them. You’ll be an expert on the anatomy of the chocolate chip cookie. I used the Nestle Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe as my control and made little changes and variations in techniques and ingredients to show you how they affect the cookie. I halved and adapted the original Tollhouse recipe and that is what you see here. Ingredients: Directions: Preheat oven to 350°F.

Baking Powder: Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course Episode Guide. Baking Gordon turns his focus to home baking.

Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course Episode Guide

Recipes include his flavour-packed olive, tomato and rosemary focaccia, quick flatbreads with lemon, thyme and ricotta and a spectacular sponge with fresh ginger. Loading... Brunches Gordon shows how to cook brunch. Cooking with Chilli and Spice Gordon shows how to cook with chilli. Food On A Budget Gordon shows how to make dream food on a budget. 16 Tips From The Depression Era That Are Actually Life Hacks. Growing Ginger as a Houseplant. July 26th, 2010.

Growing Ginger as a Houseplant

Free Plants to Grow. Guest Post from Linda at Practical Parsimony.

Free Plants to Grow

Thank you, Linda–I’m going to have to try this!  No, I do not like to buy celery. It is rather over-priced in my opinion. As long as I can grow even what I have in the last ten days, cheaply, I will not buy the expensive, poisoned vegetable, celery. This is the first of many plants I intend to grow with the bottom, usually discarded, celery head.

This will be a cut-and-come-again plant, used for fresh and eventually cut for dehydrating. Someone had a blog post with a tutorial on how to grow celery from the end of the stalk, you know–what you cut off and do not eat. CLEVERLY TURN YOUR CARROT SCRAPS INTO SALAD : GROW YOUR OWN CARROT LEAVES. To determine if carrot tops are good to you in a salad, try them first.

CLEVERLY TURN YOUR CARROT SCRAPS INTO SALAD : GROW YOUR OWN CARROT LEAVES

They can be eaten, but leave it to your taste to decide if they are good. Some people think they are not so good raw, others like them in salads. They are very nutritious, so if you can find a way to use them that you like, do. Be sure to clean thoroughly since their tops can harbor a lot of grit. Some people use them as garnish, like parsley. It’s the time of year to stop discarding carrot tops and start recycling them into centerpieces for the spring holiday table.

Turning carrot tops into frilly greens is simple and it’s a clever way to reuse the tops of carrots you’d probably toss on the compost pile or into the garbage disposal. Peculiarities and Plants – Romaine Lettuce. 11 Dec Romaine Lettuce is a favorite of mine in salads.

Peculiarities and Plants – Romaine Lettuce

I’ve also read it makes an Incredible and Delicious Smoothie. The best and most amazing thing about lettuce, besides eating the tender green leaves, is the amazing fact that if the bottom of the stump is saved and placed in water, regeneration and new growth will occur. Above is a photograph of three romaine ‘stumps’ in various levels of regrowth.

All I did to achieve this miracle was place each piece in a half inch of water, check the water level daily, and marvel as the stump began to grow anew. I am growing the romaine in a basement window well, and that explains the VERY dirty window in the photo as it is below ground level. Important Tip: Romaine Lettuce is one type of produce easy to find in the organic form. 13 Vegetables That Magically Regrow Themselves. Living Well: 10 Secrets (Actually, Shortcuts!) For Better Cooking. Photos and text by Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom.

Living Well: 10 Secrets (Actually, Shortcuts!) For Better Cooking

I remember my mother wishing there were more hours in the day. Living Well: 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce. This summer inspiration is brought to you by Target.

Living Well: 11 Secrets To Properly Freezing Produce

Find more fun and surprises all season long on Target’s #SummerUp Pinterest board. Images and text by Lindsey Johnson for Design Mom. Understanding grains (corn, wheat, multi-grain, etc.) « The Food Illusion. First and foremost I must get something off my chest.

Understanding grains (corn, wheat, multi-grain, etc.) « The Food Illusion

Just because a box of something at the grocery store or even a bagel at the bakery says “multi-grain” does not mean it is a healthy alternative. Multi-grain simply means the food is made with more than one grain and has absolutely nothing to do with whether any of those grains are actually whole grains or not (which is what is really important). Awhile back I did an in-depth post on understanding whole-wheat and what should be in your sandwich bread. Healthy Smoothie Recipes. Behold, the smoothie.

Healthy Smoothie Recipes