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How To Cook Like Your Grandmother

How To Cook Like Your Grandmother
I’ve tried lots of brownie recipes: Boxes, scratch, frosted, plain, nuts, chips, fudge … Each of them has something to like, but depending on my mood I might want a change of pace. Not any more. My wife found this recipe, and it’s perfect. Ingredients 1½ cups sugar ¾ cup flour ¾ cup cocoa powder (see note below) 3 eggs ¾ cup butter, melted ½ teaspoon salt (if using unsalted butter) ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (see note below) Directions A NOTE ON CHOCOLATE: You’ll notice the list of ingredients is very short. The assembly is about as easy as you can get. Do this by hand, until the dry ingredients are just incorporated into the wet, and stop. Stir in the chocolate chips. Line a 9×13 baking dish with parchment. Pour the batter and spread it out. Bake at 325° for 20-30 minutes. Very carefully lift the parchment out of the baking dish. Peel the edges and let cool for a few minutes before slicing. Pour yourself a glass of milk, and that’s it. Make these in two minutes flat Like this recipe?

Peanut Butter and Oat Energy Bites It is Sunday morning. Hopefully you will wake up well-rested, stretch out your arms, and open your eyes to a sunny day. Maybe you will have a warm cup of coffee, some eggs with toast, or maybe you will even get really lucky and have some homemade pancakes. After that you might relax with the Sunday paper, catch up on the news, or watch some cartoons with your kids. Of course, you will do all that while still in your comfy pajamas. On Sunday morning, you can rest easy because the next work week is still a distant 24 hours away. As the day wears on, you might run some errands, meet a friend for lunch, or do some laundry. Maybe you have a catered meeting on Tuesday, and lunch with a co-worker at that new burger joint on Friday. At the root of this problem lies the simple facts that: A.) B.) C.) You could also make the excuse that: D.) Ok fair enough. But let me tell you what I like the most about these snacks - for several reasons, you will only want to eat one at a time.

Mini Chocolate-Chip Breakfast Cookies L is for the way you look at me. O is for the only one I see. C is for cookie. That’s good enough for me. Cookie cookie cookie starts with C. Somehow, I’ve managed to mix up Nat King Cole and Cookie Monster. Anyways… All you need is love. A Special Diet Recipe 1/2 cup rolled oatsscant 1/2 cup applesauce (can sub mashed banana)1/4 cup roasted cashew butter (can sub another nut butter)1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract1/16 tsp salt1-2 tbsp mini chocolate chips or chunks (I used Whole Foods brand, as shown in the photo below)2 1/2 tbsp freeze-dried raspberries (can sub 1 tbsp dried fruit, or more chocolate chips)1 packet stevia if using applesauce (or 1 tablespoon sugar. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Click for Nutrition Information Many Whole Foods dark chocolate mini chunks (pictured above) are sacrificed to my tummy during the course of a cookie-baking spree. Side note: These cookie bites are highly delicious.

Chocolate Chip Lava Cookies I am so in love with these darn chocolate lava cookies! What is it about a warm, gooey chocolate chip cookie stuffed with decadent, rich, melted chocolate that makes it so irresistible?? Especially when topped with vanilla ice cream. These are one of Kev’s favorite homemade treats, and he usually asks me to make them at least once a week. They are so simple to whip up, and such a treat! All you really need for these fabulous cookies is your favorite cookie dough and a bag of chocolate chips. Since these cookies are absolutely gushing with delicious rich chocolate, my favorite chocolate chips for this recipe are the Hersey’s Milk Chocolate chips. Now let’s make some chocolate lava cookies! Place the flattened cookie dough in the bottom of a well-greased standard sized muffin tin. Now for our gooey, rich milk chocolate filling. Lay the Ziploc bag flat in the microwave, spreading out the chocolate chips in a single layer. Cut a small tip off the Ziploc bag and layer over the cookies. 1.

Design Crush & Popsicles! Not to sound full of myself, but I’m pretty sure this is the be all, end all of popsicle roundups. There’s a little something for everyone: the foodies, the purists, the ones who prefer frozen yogurt, the ones who prefer a little alcohol, everyone. Tweny-five options to be exact. The post I did last summer on the cold guys was one of DC’s most viewed ever, so I thought you’d all be up for another round – was I right? Click on the photo to be taken to the recipe. All photos and recipes copyright of their respective source unless otherwise noted. Nutella Mug Cake Bring Your Child's Favorite Characters to Life with These Disney-Themed Lunches Healthy Mickey-Shaped PB&J Muffins: A Breakfast the Whole Family with Love A Yummy Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Recipe Even the Pickiest Eaters Will Love This 3-Ingredient Coffee Fudge Is the Best Morning Pick-Me-Up

Slutty Brownies Now I don’t want to over sell this, so I’m going to be conservative and simply say, that these are… The Best Brownies In The WORLD. I know, big statement. They’re called Slutty Brownies because they’re oh so easy, and more than a little bit filthy. They’re best served warm from the oven, with good quality vanilla ice cream (devastatingly I didn’t have any in the freezer this time, so I guess I’ll just have to make them again). They take about 45mins to make, including baking time. The ultimate comfort food, whipped up within the hour. You will need… 1 Box of cookie mix, 1 Box of brownie mix, 2 Eggs, 2 Packs of Oreos (double stuffed ones are even better if you can find them) Some oil & your favourite ice-cream (optional) Preheat your oven to 350F, 180C, gas mark 4. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper. Squidge (technical term) the cookie dough into a lined baking tray, until it covers the bottom. Cover this layer with your Oreos. Mix up your brownie batter. & pour over your Oreos. Bake for 30mins.

Cake Batter Pancakes I’m fairly convinced that the world would be a better place if more sprinkles were involved. I know. I just made pancakes. It seems I have an unnatural obsession with cake batter. Well I do. But hear me out. When I develop recipes, I try to make all of them for a purpose. Case in point: it isn’t anyone’s birthday. But I don’t need an excuse to eat cake and sprinkles. And because pancakes always need some sort of topping, I went with a sprinkled glaze. Because nothing goes better with cake than more sugar! These are just plain fun. Sure, they would be best for a special occasion like a birthday, but they also work on a random Saturday in January when it’s -2 degrees outside and all you want to see is some sunshine. That wasn’t me. And yes, this means you will have an open box of cake mix, just like you did with the cake batter bark. Cake Batter Pancakes makes about 12 pancakes 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 2/3 cup yellow cake mix 1 tablespoon sugar 3/4 teaspoon baking powder pinch of salt 2 eggs

pumpkin-cheesecake swirled dark chocolate brownies Creamy, spiced pumpkin cheesecake… dense, fudgy, rich dark chocolate brownie… This is a combination of flavors that just screams holidays and winter and “yum”! I want to call this the perfect ‘compromise’ dessert. It’s hard to explain how perfectly these taste like brownies. And yet like cheesecake. It’s almost like, if you don’t know these are pumpkin before you take the first bite, you will be caught off guard and not sure what to think. But, if you know they are pumpkin, you are immediately transported to a wonderful bliss of pumpkin, cheesecake and brownie all mixed together into one luscious dessert. Fall. pumpkin-cheesecake swirled dark chocolate brownies Ingredients Directions Preheat your oven to 350ºF, and grease a 9×13" glass baking dish. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda. Stir in the sugar and eggs with the remaining 1/3 cup butter, vanilla & salt until smooth. Into the chocolate mixture, stir in the flour until just smooth.

» Cream Cheese Brownies Well, I did it. I managed to give Chinese names to over 100 students. Pheww. Why was it so exhausting, you ask? Chinese also has a finite set of sounds, so it requires a certain amount of flexibility on my part. I have today off (thank you veterans) so I get more time to prepare for my first lessons. The first time I had a cheesecake brownie was at my Nana’s many, many years ago, and though I hadn’t had one in years, I suddenly found myself craving them. Cream Cheese Brownies Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour FOR THE BROWNIES:2/3 cup all-purpose flour¼ tsp salt½ tsp baking powder2 oz unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped4 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, roughly chopped8 Tbsp (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces1 cup sugar2 tsp vanilla extract3 large eggsFOR THE CHEESECAKE:8 oz cream cheese, softened¼ cup sugar½ tsp vanilla extract1 large egg yolk Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Makes one 8X8″ pan, about 8-10 servings Adapted from Brown Eyed Baker

Warm Toasted Marshmallow S'more Bars Beer-Braised Chicken with Sriracha This beer-braised chicken with Sriracha is my Asian take on a French classic, coq à la bière. In Alsace, chicken and onions gets braised in a nutty brown ale until meltingly tender; I decided to apply the same cooking methods for this dish. Adding Sriracha hot sauce, hoisin sauce, and sesame oil enhances the mild sweetness and nuttiness of the braising liquid. This is perfect hearty dish for cold winter nights! One of the first dinners I made in my first Park Slope apartment two years ago was this beer-braised chicken. Inspired both by coq à la bière and a Martin Yan recipe for beer-braised duck, I wanted to make a braised chicken with brown ale and Sriracha. The suggested amounts of Sriracha will result in a mildy spicy dish, which I like because the other flavors don't get overwhelmed. Beer-Braised Chicken with Sriracha Serves 4 Ingredients Sauce: Instructions

White Bean Dip « Vancity Foodie This dip is really healthy and MUCH better than store bought bean dip and even (YES I said it) many store bought hummus’s. Its so easy to whip up a bean dip or a hummus at home and they taste way fresher and better. This recipe is full of garlic so if you don’t like too much then add your garlic one clove at a time to taste. The other great thing about making dips is that you can add whatever you like to change the flavour. I decided to add ancho chili powder to mine and it gave it this spicy kick that I loved. White Bean Dip 1 can cannellini beans drained and rinsed 3 tsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp lemon juice grated lemon zest 2 minced garlic cloves PINCH of ancho chili powder Salt and Pepper Paprika for topping 1. 2. Like this: Like Loading...