July 28, 2015

Cheeseburger Gnocchi and Lemon Brownie Bars

I generally find Pinterest type of recipes that combine two are more already decadent standalone recipes into one. It creates flavor overload and not in a good way. But I was intrigued by this cheeseburger gnocchi dish because the cheeseburger aspect was in the sauce, which was not that much different from say, a bolognese sauce. The only thing that changed was the seasoning (cumin, paprika...) and the addition of Mexican cheese instead of Parmesan topping.

I didn't add the heavy cream to the sauce because I thought there was enough going on in the dish and wanted to keep it more acidic or tart from the tomato base. This was a good move for me but feel free to follow the recipe to a tee. I also used 1 pound of beef instead of .5 lbs. which definitely made the dish extra saucy. We ate the extra sauce with ciabatta bread. 

Oh, and someone who doesn't love brownies but loves lemon bars, these lemon brownies were a great mix of both! And super easy to throw together :) 

This was also probably the only time I had to double the icing recipe (I usually halve it because most recipes make way too much icing!

Recipe from: http://therecipecritic.com/2015/03/glazed-lemon-brownies/

July 24, 2015

Caramel Budino with Salted Caramel Sauce

Yesterday, I shared a post about some dark chocolate chunk cookies I made for my husband after he begged for them. I caved but not without winning by trying a new recipe for chocolate cookies (I love trying new things). I also sought "revenge" by making a very Marilynn dessert: salted caramel budino. With salted caramel sauce. I just love budino because it's surprisingly not too rich or sugary. It tastes very subtly creamy and caramel-y in my opinion.

I tried a new recipe for this classic dessert too, and it wasn't nearly as good as Nancy Silverton's butterscotch budino and definitely not as good as Travis Lett's butterscotch pot de creme from Gjelina. But it was still nothing short of fabulous on a warm summer night. I made six servings of it and we ate it on two nights this week with friends! Felt so fancy and satisfying.

Recipe from: http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/caramel-budino-with-salted-caramel-sauce

July 22, 2015

Killer Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Almost every week, my husband begs me to make dark chocolate chunk cookies (Zingerman's recipe is our absolute favorite). I really try to deny him because I love trying new recipes over repeating old ones but none of the doZens I've tried have beat out Zingerman's. And to spoil the ending, this one doesn't either. But in the end, I have a happy husband with a jar full of cookies and he has a happy wife who can say she tried for the umpteenth time to find something better than Zingerman's.

This recipe is remarkably good. The cake flour gives it that dense texture we both prefer. The almond extract gives a hint of almond but vanilla is still the main dough flavor (which we love). And it makes 3 dozen cookies, about twice as much as the Zingerman's recipe so it lasts more than a couple days. 

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