5 months down, 24 recipes to go!!

May SERIOUSLY sucked in regards to adding more recipes to my repertoire! I mean, I’ve barely been home (traveling to San Francisco – where I am again right now, Houston and Vegas in the span of like 3 weeks) so at least it’s not because I’m lazy! Which would be a totally plausible excuse, if I wasn’t in fact traveling all over the place!!!

So, with a few days left in the month before going off to SF again, I cranked out 2 recipes, bringing my grand total of recipes learned to 26 recipes, with 7 months to go!! (For those just tuning in, it’s a goal of mine to learn 50 new recipes in a year.) Recipe # 25 was Rachael Ray’s Citrus-Spiked Steak Salad, which was delicious and easy, but I discovered very fast that I dislike fennel, and immediately removed it from my portion of the salad. Blechh.

Citrus-Spiked Steak Salad
So light, and so yummy!

On Sunday we went to a BBQ at our friends Pat and Sarah‘s, and I whipped up Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies, courtesy of Baking Bites. I mean – who doesn’t love chocolate and salt? I will admit, there were some skeptics, but once they had a bite they were convinced!

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies
Ingredients
– 1/4 cup oatmeal
– 1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
– 3/4 tsp baking soda
– 1/4 tsp salt
– 3/4 cup butter, room temperature
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup brown sugar
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1 large egg
– 3/4 cup salted dark chocolate, chopped OR 3/4 cup dark chocolate chunks + 1/4 tsp coarse sea salt

Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies - Ingredients

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Place oatmeal in the food processor and whiz until very fine. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, ground oats, baking soda and salt.
3. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla extract and egg until smooth. With the mixer on low speed or working by hand, gradually add in all the flour mixture, stopping when the dough has just come together and no streaks of flour remain. Stir in chocolate chips.
4. Place 1-inch balls of dough on baking sheet.
5. Bake for 9-11 minutes, until just golden around the edges.
6. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

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Chocolately, salty goodness…Mmmm.

Makes 3 dozen.

Also, I can’t say I ever thought that I would say this, but I’m excited to not be traveling for awhile so I can cook!! Business travel isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and I miss having a home cooked meal!

Comments

  1. Natalie says:

    I always like business travel and eating out on company dollar and all that in theory, but I'm always SO ready to get home to my own kitchen 🙂 So I can definitely relate!

    Those cookies sound amazing–keeping that recipe in mind!

  2. The cookies were out of this world!!!! Absolutely loved them!!!

  3. In SF again? 🙂 Not a bad place to be.

  4. Breathe Gently says:

    Oh that steak and salad looked yummy! I might have to steal that one 🙂

  5. Miss M! says:

    That salad looks good, and I am SO making those cookies. They sound amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  6. Even though I baked twice this past weekend I'm now craving those salted/chocolate chip cookies. They look amazing! Thanks for sharing =)

  7. *whispers*

    So, it's top secret… but there is the TINIEST of chances I may be moving to NYC in August.

    Just fair warning. Since I've already decided I would force you to be my new bff, should that happen…

  8. Jessica (Bayjb) says:

    That looks really good! I'll have to try that! And I LOVE chocolate chip cookies. NUM

  9. Morgan | Mrs. Priss says:

    Oooh, those both look amazing! I'm definitely going to make that salad soon.

    Okay and I'm not going to lie… those cookies are happening tonight.

  10. MrsDixon says:

    Oh my gosh that sala looks amaizng!!! Great post!

  11. PS – Feel free to come by and use my kitchen anytime. 🙂

  12. ÄsK AliCë says:

    Mmmmm both those dishes look so good!!

  13. The salt is so necessary, and makes the difference in this recipe. I’ve encountered different chocolate chip cookies (and a fair amount of recipes) over the course of my life. Overall, I’d say that choco chunk cookies without a nice helping of salt are really missing something. It’s that same interesting flavor as chocolate covered pretzels that so many people love, only better.

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