Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sourdough Waffles with Homemade Butter

Homemade Butter

1/2 c cold heavy whipping cream
pinch of salt

Place the cream and salt in a mason jar along with a small glass marble. Screw on a mason jar cap, tightly, and begin to shake vigorously. Keep shaking until you can no longer hear the marble moving about. Check to make sure your butter is getting solid, close, and shake some more. It will be tough, and you will feel like it won't budge, but go the extra shaking mile! Remove the marble, and store in the fridge. Simple as that...

I'm a firm believe that butter truly does make everything better. So, when J came home from school and announced that they had made butter, I was intrigued. He told me the directions, and I could hardly believe him, or wait to get into the kitchen!

I admit to being COMPLETELY skeptical that this process would form anything reminiscent of butter, but let me assure you that this butter is amazing. Soft, easily spreadible (almost whipped), and utterly fantastic. We first tried it on class round crackers. Then we enjoyed it on homemade challah, and this morning's breakfast was sourdough waffles with butter and berries. Best. Breakfast. Ever!

Pappardelle with Spiced Butter, Asparagus, and Broccolini

Dinner last night was another total winner from 101cookbooks, and further inspired from Yotam Ottolenghi. He is a winner for sure, as is Heidi's blog!

I can never pass up an easy, but more than flavorful pasta dish. These types of meals are perfect for work nights, and just so tasty! When I saw the pappardelle with spiced butter recipe, I filed it away for a perfect moment.

This dish was full of amazing layers of spices. I stuck to the recipe, but decided to halve the butter (it was more than enough), and roast the asparagus with some broccolini instead of cooking it in the pasta water. The roasting gave the veggies some added crunch and flavor, and the pasta was perfect. Yum, yum, yum...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies

These salted chocolate chip cookies may be the best cookies I have ever made (or eaten)! As D says, "They are perfectly sweet, salty, and crunchy", and that pretty much sums it up. I'll say that these are simply incredible...oh, and they're addictive too, so you've been warned!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Grapefruit Soba Noodles

As we all know I love the blog 101cookbooks. I enjoy flipping through the "quick" recipe section, and I was intrigued by the recipe for pomelo noodles. They looked super simple, and really tasty.

I didn't have ponzu sauce or pomelo, so I subbed with some shoyu sauce (like soy sauce) and grapefruit. This meal was really easy, super simple, and just how I like my meals! The flavors all worked perfectly together, and it was great warm or cold. Bonus, it also tasted just like spring!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Marinated Chicken and Homemade Pita

This week's dinners have involved a bit of advanced preparation for easy-at-the-last-minute meals. Tonight's dinner consisted of oven-roasted chicken shawarma and homemade pita bread.

Luckily for me D put the chicken marinade together last night, so that I could escape having to deal with the raw chicken. I simply placed the chicken into the oven, while I prepped the final pita dough.

The cooking of each of these dinner items was fairly simple, although I will say that the pita required a longer cooking time (more like 10 minutes, flip, and another 5) to reach the nice golden exterior.

This chicken was really great. D described it as "succulent", and I couldn't agree more. The flavors were wonderful, and the meat was so tender. This is coming from me, a person who doesn't usually enjoy chicken! I served it along side some chopped cucumber, avocado, tomato, Greek yogurt, hummus, and added a few dashes of hot sauce to finish it off. Eaten along side the pillowy pita bread, this meal was a total hit.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New Pizza Dough

A week or so ago I saw this recipe in the NY Times for a quick pizza dough that is easily stored in the freezer for anytime fresh pizza dough!

I love this idea since this family enjoys its homemade pizza, and pizza is actually one of those really quick-to-cook-at-dinnertime meals as long as the dough is prepared in advance. This quick dough saves me the morning prep time, and I was able to literally walk in the door from work, turn on the oven, and go.

I stuck to the recipe, measuring out the flour with my kitchen scale, but in place of the bread flour, I used King Arthur perfect blend pizza flour.

The general consensus was that this dough is not quite as fantastic as my usual go-to, or my sourdough, but it was a VERY close second...and an extremely useful tool to store extra dough for homemade but quick nights! I'm planning on making a few batches of this dough, and storing it in the freezer!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Simple Carrot Soup

I'm not really sure how, but this amazingly simple carrot soup was beyond flavorful and absolutely fantastic. I literally threw it together during a phone meeting this morning, and reheated it for dinner. With a generous squeeze of fresh lime juice, some peanuts, and microgreens, the textures and complexity of the flavors really worked perfectly to create a sweet, satisfying, and truly delicious soup that served as a meal. Yum, yum, yum. D couldn't agree more!