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This guy is the real deal. It’s perfect for chilly afternoons as a warm, inviting comfort food for kiddos and adults alike.

Ingredients:

2 slices of your favorite bread
1 oz aged sharp cheddar
1 slice american cheese
dill pickle spears, thinly sliced
a few bits of fresh dill
1/2 tbsp butter, room temperature

Directions:

Butter both sides of your bread. Cover bottom slice with a thin layer of dill pickles.  Add american and cheddar cheese. Sprinkle fresh dill over cheddar cheese and top with other bread slice. On medium heat on a non-stick pan, grill on each side until golden brown and until cheese has melted.  Eat immediately. I liked to dip this in ketchup with red pepper flakes!

Enjoy!

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my favorite song at the moment:

cookie

It’s amazing how persuasive food photography can be.  I stumbled upon this recipe from Ambitious Kitchen and after looking at maybe three pictures, my freewill had diminished.  Thereon, the rest of my day was about making a “those cookies” to “this face” connection.  I sped to the grocery store after work, grabbed all of the cookie ingredients with the same fervor as those overzealous assclowns shopping on Black Friday, ran in my house,  and turned on the oven with eight grocery bags looped around my arms and my coat and shoes still on.   All this over a photo

I guess that intense junkie reaction is part of the reason why I cook, why I do anything at all, half of the time.  It’s  “I want to eat that. Now.  Wtf is tahini? wtf is garam masala? Whatever I’ll find it and figure out how to make it”.  It’s impulsive, yes, but that’s how it gets done.

So yeah, the cookies are exactly as you imagine they might be.  Heaven.   I copied the recipe directly from Ambitious Kitchen because it is absolutely perfect the way she made it.

Here it is:

Ingredients
  • 1+1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I used mini chocolate chips)
 
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.
  2. With an electric mixer, mix the softened butter and peanut butter together until thoroughly blended. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Next beat in the egg, honey, vanilla, and yogurt until combined. Add the dry ingredients slowly and beat on low-speed just until combined. Gently stir in the chocolate chips. Chill dough in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes-1 hour, or place in freezer for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Once ready to bake, roll dough into 1-inch balls and place onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9-12 minutes (depends on size of your cookie) or until cookies begin to turn a tiny golden brown and crisp up around the edges. Do not overbake! Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for 3-5 minutes and sprinkle cookies generously with sea salt. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely or just inhale them like I do. Repeat with remaining dough.

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Happy Birthday Daddy-O

April 4th, 2013

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Today is my dad’s birthday!   Mark Boylan is smart, thoughtful guy with a dry wit and a sometimes goofy/oddball sense of humor. He loves biking, baseball, history, art, photography, and the comfort of a great meal or a nice beer.

It might be a missed opportunity to include a certain Beatles song about a certain age, but I’m sure he’d rather hear one of his fav songs instead.  Happy Birthday Dad I love you!

 

 

it’s springtime!

March 21st, 2013

springtime

Yesterday was the official first day of spring and I’m so pumped that we’re finally in the homestretch of this seemingly endless winter. 

This is my current attitude towards the snow outside:

annoyed horse

 

I think it’s time to spring forward with some fresh new food and draaank. Any Spring recipe ideas?

See you next week!

March 1st, 2013

I’m off to Park City UT with Patrick and his fam. A solid week of skiing, flannel, elk steaks, red wine, cookies and cocoa, thick socks, and sore legs!   Wooo be back Thursday :)

deer valley

 

Gingersnap Truffles

December 3rd, 2012

 

Ingredients:

1 box of Pepperidge Farm gingerman cookies
6 oz. cream cheese (3/4 of a package), softened
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 cups white chocolate wafers

Directions:

1. Finely crush cookies using a food processor or whatever you have available.  Put crumbs and cream cheese and cinnamon in medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well blended.

2.  Using your hands, roll batter into balls roughly 2 inches in diameter.  Place on parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour.

3. On low heat, melt white chocolate wafers in a small pan. Individually dip each truffle in the chocolate with a spoon and roll around until completely covered.  Place back on parchment paper and decorate if you want.  Let sit for at least 20 minutes.  Best if kept refrigerated.

Real talk: I almost posted title as Gingerman Balls. One lightning speed redaction and five minutes of snickering by myself later, we have Gingersnap Truffles.

Hilarious near-miss aside, these are incredible.  They will definitely be a mainstay for all our future holiday parties!

 

Happy Halloween!!

October 31st, 2012

Hello friends!  I just got home after spending a long weekend in New York to visit my brother and friends- which turned into a very long weekend thanks to Hurricane Sandy.  That being said, I’m whooped and I dont feel like making anything today. Instead,  here are some great recipes from around the web:

Caramel Apple Jello Shots (looks way better than it sounds)

Cheddar Witches Fingers

Black Velvet Whoopie Pies

Best Halloween Cocktails (including the Brain Hemorage and Candy Corn Martini)

 

And lastly, my favorite dog costume this year: Cone of shame + olives = Martini of Shame.

Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Happy Birthday Mom

August 29th, 2012

A very happy birthday to my beautiful, smart, funny mom.   Here are some of her recipes that I posted over the last year:

Crab Dip (and dark n stormies)

Pesto Pasta with tomatoes, feta, and pine nuts

Ramen Slaw

Sautéed Zucchini and Summer Squash

and many more to come!

I wish I could ambush her with puppies today, but watching this lucky dude is a pretty close second:

Photo above: My mom at a John Legend concert this past summer

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June 6th, 2012

holy humidity

May 29th, 2012

 

Ooof. Oh hey summer..didn’t see you there. You returned out of nowhere with a vengeance.

This week has been exceptionally sticky thanks to the daily intermittent thunderstorms. Hazy, humid air = I’m a sweaty mosquito target. In addition, my hair is naturally inclined to do this:

All I have to do is roll out of bed, step outside, and BAM!  I’m the “it girl” from Cheers.  Jealous?

Hair time travel and mosquitos aside, I love summer. This weather has me excited for the food and refreshing drinks of the season.  I’ve got a few ideas lined up, but am always looking for more.  Any suggestions?