Monday, March 29, 2010

About those cookies...

Best Ever Peanut Butter Cookies
by Baking Blonde

1 cup + 2 TBS peanut butter (Mary here: I used Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter. Oh yes, I did. Dark chocolate peanut butter...drool.)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup white sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
2 TBS milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup Peanut Butter chips
1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (I added more...I think Reeses Pieces would be good here too)
3/4 cup Sugar (for rolling dough balls, may need more or less)

Preheat oven to 350.Line baking sheets with parchment paper.In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter. Once combined beat in the white sugar, and brown sugar until well blended. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla.In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gently add to creamed mixture and mix until almost combined. Fold in chocolate and peanut butter chips. Chill dough for at least 15 minutes.
Roll tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Gently roll the dough balls into sugar and place dough balls on parchment lined baking sheets. Carefully press each ball with fork tines to create a criss-cross pattern. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until edges are lightly browned. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheets for 5-10 minutes until sturdy enough to be transferred to a wire rack to cool completely. *These are delicate cookies but so moist.

***chill dough at least 20 minutes before baking & keep extra dough chilled while other cookies are baking! 
(re-blogged from The Girl Who Ate Everything

Simple...I dig that.

Last week I went to see the film "Fresh." I've been wanting to see it for a while, and I highly recommend it to anyone wishing to view their food in a new light.

I like what Michael Pollan (author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, Food Rules and several others) has to say about "diet." In seven words:

Eat food. Not a lot. Mostly plants. 

I like to add one word to this creed: I say , "Eat good food."

As Pollan points out, most of the stuff marketed as "food" today is what he calls "edible foodlike substances."

Don't eat a lot of that.

Real food. That's the stuff you read and recognize the name. If it has more than five ingredients, Pollan says, bag it. Shop for food your grandmother would recognize. No 19-letter ingredients that sound like chemicals of modern warfare.

Oh yeah, and eat junk food.

Yes, I just said that...

But only if you make it at home!

I dig it!

I love blue cheese dressing, but I don't buy it from the supermarket. It's my homemade junk food.

Organic mayo (oil, egg, and vinegar), natural sour cream, chopped fresh garlic, Amish blue cheese, a touch of red wine vinegar, a dash of salt and pepper.

Served over rosemary oven-roasted potatoes...

That is mmm-mmm good!

Peanut butter chocolate-chip cookies? Yep, had those last week too. Homemade. Natural p-nut butter, organic butter, organic brown sugar, eggs, baking soda, salt, organic flour, organic chocolate chunks.

Heaven. More than five ingredients, but all ones that my grandma would recognize.

It's not hard to remember:

Eat good food. Not a lot. Mostly plants.

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Sunday, March 28, 2010

I'm Baaaack!

Hello all,
Yes, I've been MIA for the last couple months and here I am again.

I'm still feeling a bit behind when it comes to blogging; I'm learning the ropes and of course I want my blog to be fun and cool, so my perfectionist tendencies come roaring out in full force!

So bear with me, because I'm going to be posting more regularly and really getting in the swing of things...please let me know what you like and don't like, what is helpful for you and what you'd like to see more of!