Double chocolate brownie cookies for two

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Sometimes I just want the taste of a fudgy brownie without having to make a whole pan of brownies. Recently I featured a recipe for chocolate chip cookies for two, and thought — why don’t I turn this into brownie cookies?

This recipe gives me the brownie flavor I crave, in a much more portable cookie form. Feel free to play around with the add-ins. Walnuts would be awesome in these. Better yet, roll the chilled dough in powdered sugar and they’re chocolate crinkles! Comment below with your favorite brownie add-ins.

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Herb slab ciabatta

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Ciabatta is basically the most perfect bread ever. Why? It has a crispy wispy crust, hearty chew and BIG air bubbles.

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Why do I love the air bubbles? They are basically pockets to hold butter, mashed avocado spread…or whatever you love to slather onto your bread.

My herb slab ciabatta recipe has all of the characteristics of a great ciabatta loaf, the subtle flavor of rosemary and most importantly…it is SO EASY. There is no kneading required.

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Kitchen basics – how to roast garlic

FinalGarlicI live about 30 minutes north from the garlic capital: Gilroy, California. Each year on (what seems to be) the hottest weekend of the summer, people make the trek to Gilroy to enjoy all things garlic.

I can’t wait until summer. I love garlic on just about anything.

Perfectly roasted garlic is soft, sweet, nutty, caramely and encompasses everything we love about garlic, without the sharp burning after taste. It’s easy to create a jar of roasted garlic cloves at home. Let me show you.

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Chocolate chip cookies for two

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I fully realize that I have been completely lazy about this whole keeping-up-with-my-blog thing. I am back to tell you about one of my favorite things: giant cookies!

*cue Buddy from Elf voice* I LOVE FAVORITE THINGS!

I have been completely obsessed with this Budget Bytes recipe for snickerdoodles for two, which yields two cafe-style (meaning, HUGE 4 inch diameter) soft cookies.

I am not sure I have ever met a cookie I didn’t like. The snickerdoodles wound up costing 42 cents per cookie, which makes it really hard for me to justify buying cookies for myself at any bakery or cafe ever again.

I thought…maybe I could riff on this recipe and create a chocolate chip cookie dough recipe for two. I tried it, and it definitely hits the spot when I need to exercise just a bit of self-control.

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Kitchen Basics – Risotto

Risotto is a Northern Italian rice dish, with a supremely rich, creamy consistency. This dish has a been given a bit of a bad reputation, because it has been deemed the diva of rice dishes. It is notorious for being a “time consuming” or “fussy” recipe to execute. Why?!

Risotto is actually quite easy. It only takes 30 minutes to make, and it doesn’t require any master chef-level kitchen skills outside of the ability to whisk. In fact, the add-ins can be purchased pre-chopped, which makes it even easier. When risotto is done the right way, it is totally worth the whisking time.

It is also a highly customizable dish, which is why it constitutes as a kitchen basic. It’s more of a method than a recipe, due to the versatility. It can be eaten as a side, or as a main meal, depending on what you’ve added to it. It can be the basis of a hearty vegetarian meal, or served on the side of a meaty dish. Risotto can be enjoyed all seasons of the year, because it takes on the flavor of any seasonal produce added to it.

I will be showing you basic step-by-step directions on how I create my own distinctively savory risotto, along with ideas and inspiration for additional add-ins.

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Kitchen Basics – How To Make A Perfectly Cooked Hard Boiled Egg

Every egg lover has experienced it. The green ring around the yolk of an egg isn’t just visually unappealing-it’s a sign that the egg has been overcooked. The green ring comes with a chalky, lifeless texture and lack of taste.

Hard boiled eggs are not always considered to be the most glamorous food, but when cooked properly, the flavors are creamy, unctuous, and luxurious. Here is a tutorial on how to cook a perfect hard boiled egg.

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Recipe

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I know in a previous post, I said that I prefer Vietnamese iced coffees over pumpkin spice lattes. After a busy weekend, I had absent mindedly forgotten to pre-cold brew some coffee. I found myself sleepily scratching my head pondering what kind of me-time caffeine kick I could make myself instead. I don’t generally like to give into hype, but for some reason…I wanted a pumpkin spice latte.

The clouds have continued to hang low over my home town for the past few days, and I was craving a warm drink. I had no interest in getting dressed just to drink coffee. I wanted to drink coffee, while wearing my robe and slippers. I wanted coffee that only tasted like I had paid $7 for it, with real pumpkin.

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To Freeze/Make Ahead, Or Not?

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There seems to be a recent boost in popularity amongst home cooks: big batch make-ahead freezer meals.

To those who may not be familiar with this method, these recipes generally involve prepping and assembling several meals at once, storing each in the freezer, and then thawing and reheating in the oven or slow cooker at the time needed. Some people believe that this method saves time and money, however others might still be asking, “Why would I want to do that?”

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