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Thick and Chewy Double Chocolate Cookies

This recipe is taken from “Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook”. I took it out from the library, and it’s due back soon. I think I may just end up buying it from the bookstore since there are many, many recipes in here that look so good!

I really love this cookie. It reminds me of a brownie. Now, with this being said, this is NOT a cakey cookie. I actually dislike cake, and I do not like cookies that taste that way. This cookie is rich and soft, perfect for those chocolate cravings. ūüôā

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The recipe calls for “1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped”. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. I weighed them out to a pound and then measured them after and it worked out to an exact 2 1/2 cups. I used instant coffee sachets when I first started making this cookie as I wasn’t sure how it would go over. ¬†I buy a big jar of instant coffee now since this recipe has turned into a family favorite.

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I have also added the recipe for “Thick and Chewy Triple-Chocolate Cookies”. I may have to try that one next time.

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (1 1/2 ounces) Dutch-processed cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pound semisweet chocolate, chopped
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 1/2 cups packed (10 1/2 ounces) light brown sugar
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar

1. Adjust oven racks to upper-middle and lower-middle positions and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder, and salt togther in medium bowl; set aside.
2. Microwave chocolate at 50 percent power for 2 minutes. Stir chocolate and continue heating until melted, stirring once every additional minute; set aside to cool slightly. Whisk eggs and vanilla together in medium bowl; sprinkle instant coffee over top to dissolve, and set aside.
3. Using stand mixer fitted with paddle, beat butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar at medium speed until combined, about 45 seconds; mixture will look granular. Reduce speed to low, gradually add egg mixture, and mix until incorporated, about 45 seconds. Add melted chocolate in steady stream and mix until combined, about 40 seconds, scraping down bowl as needed. With mixer still running on low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Do not overbeat. Cover bowl of dough with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until consistency is scoopable and fudgelike, about 30 minutes.
4. Working with 2 tablespoons of dough at a time, roll into balls and place 1 1/2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets.
5. Bake until edges of cookies have just begun to set but centres are still very soft, about 10 minutes, switching and rotating baking sheets halfway through baking. Let cookies cool on baking sheets for 10 minutes; transfer cookies to wire rack and let cool to room temperature.
MAKES ABOUT 42 COOKIES

THICK AND CHEWY TRIPLE-CHOCOLATE COOKIES
The addition of chocolate chips will slightly increase the yield of the cookies
1. Add 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips to batter after dry ingredients are incorporated in step 3.

Chicken Teriyaki over Rotini

I took this recipe from one of my favorite cookbooks,”The Complete Light Kitchen” by Rose Reisman.

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The peppers can be changed to other vegetables such as broccoli, mushrooms, or sugar snap peas.  The chicken can be substituted as well to beef or pork. Make this a vegetarian dish by using firm tofu instead of chicken.

I used sugar snap peas since I could not find snow peas.  I cooked the whole box of rotini, and my family of 5 ate it all! They really love this dish.

I made the sauce ahead of time.  I also cut up the vegetables and the chicken.  Having this prepared made dinner easy and quick to cook.

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12 oz rotini

3 Tbsp packed brown sugar
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh garlic
1 1/2 tsp minced fresh ginger

12 oz skinless boneless chicken breast (about 3 breasts), cubed
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp vegetable oil
1 cup thinly sliced red bell peppers
1 cup thinly sliced yellow bell peppers
1 cup halved snow peas
2 tsp sesame seeds, toasted

1/3 cup fresh chopped cilantro or parsley

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the rotini for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but firm. Drain.
2. Combine the sugar, vinegar, water, soy sauce, sesame oil, cornstarch, garlic and ginger together in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Set aside.
3. Dust the chicken cubes with the cornstarch. Spray a wok or large non-stick skillet with cooking oil, add the vegetable oil and place over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes or until browned but not yet cooked through. Add the red and yellow pepper, snow peas and sesame seeds. Cook for 3 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked through and the vegetables are tender crisp. Add the sauce and cook for 2 minutes or until thickened and bubbly.
4. Toss the pasta with the chicken-vegetable mixture in a large serving bowl. Serve immediately garnished with cilantro.

Stir-fried Broccoli and Red Peppers with Peanut Sauce

I found this recipe in The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook. ¬†I took it out from the library, but seriously 2 weeks just isn’t enough time for this gigantic book! ¬†I am glad I found this recipe though, since I LOVED it!

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I made the sauce ahead of time and kept it in the fridge until I was ready to use it later at dinner.  The sauce calls for 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes.  I used 1/4 teaspoon, but next time I would add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon as it needed more heat.

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I also used 2 red peppers. I did not weigh my broccoli to see if it measured 10 ounces. I used 2 stalks. The recipe states it serves 4 to 6, but my husband and I gobbled the whole thing up between the two of us!

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I served my stir fry with basmati rice and marinated teriyaki chicken.

SAUCE
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
3 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon grated lime zest plus 1 tablespoon juice
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes

VEGETABLES
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 large red bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch strips
10 ounces broccoli florets, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1. FOR THE SAUCE: Whisk all ingredients together in small bowl until smooth.
2. FOR THE VEGETABLES: Heat 1 tablespoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat until shimmering, 2 to 3 minutes. Add red pepper and broccoli and cook, stirring every 10 to 15 seconds, until just barely tender, about 2 minutes. Clear center of skillet; add remaining 1 teaspoon oil, garlic, and ginger and cook, mashing mixture into pan, until fragrant, 15 to 20 seconds. Stir mixture into vegetables. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in sauce mixture. Simmer to heat through and blend flavours, about 1 minute. Serve immediately.

Pacific Rim Stir-Fry

This is a great stir-fry!! Next time I make this I would add more crushed red pepper as I found the taste a little bland. This recipe was taken from Better Homes and Gardens “New Cookbook”.

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3 ounces rice sticks or rice noodles or thin vermicelli, broken
12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken thighs or breast halves
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon chile oil or 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 medium carrots, cut into short strips or thinly sliced (1 cup)
2 cups broccoli florets
1 red or green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch strips (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup cashew halves or peanuts

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1. In a saucepan cook rice sticks or rice noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes. (Or cook vermicelli according to package directions.) Drain; set aside and keep warm.
2. Cut chicken into thin, bite-size strips. For sauce, combine broth, soy sauce, dried basil (if using), cornstarch, chile oil, and turmeric; set aside.
3. Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet. (If necessary, add more oil during cooking.) Heat over medium-high heat. Add carrots to wok; cook and stir for 1 minute. Add broccoli; cook and stir for 2 minutes more. Add sweet pepper; cook and stir for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes more or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Remove vegetables from wok. Add chicken to wok; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until no longer pink. Push chicken from centre of wok. Stir sauce; add to centre of wok. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly. Return vegetables to wok; add fresh basil (if using). Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until heated through. Serve over rice sticks; sprinkle with cashews.

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Curried Chickpea Wraps

I found this recipe on Twitter. The original recipe can be found at http://infinebalance.com/2013/04/30/curried-chickpea-wraps/.

I love this recipe since you can make it in a tortilla wrap,  lettuce leaves, or you can eat it as is!  This recipe is super easy, especially if you own a food processor.  I shredded my carrots and chopped my chickpeas using mine. I also used raisins instead of currants. The filling will last for several days making this is a great make-ahead recipe for lunches or dinner.

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1 teaspoon olive oil
2 large carrots shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon garam marsala curry spice
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 18oz can chickpeas (about 2 cups cooked), rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons currants (soaked in hot water to plump and drained), then chopped
1/4 cup mayo, plus more to your taste
2 teaspoons rice wine vinegar
pinch of salt

1. If you haven’t already, pour some hot water over the currants so they plump up a bit before you drain and chop them.
2. In a skillet, warm oil over medium heat. Add garlic, garam marsala and carrots. Saute until carrots are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in green onions and remove from heat.

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3. in a food processor, add chickpeas and pulse several times until coarsely chopped. (Alternatively, you could mash the chickpeas in a bowl with a fork).
4. Transfer mashed chickpeas to a large bowl. Add carrot mixture, salt, mayo, chopped currants and rice wine vinegar. Blend well. Taste for seasonings.
5. Serve in a wrap or in lettuce leaves.

YIELD: Enough for 4 8-inch wraps.

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Bacon Avocado and Corn Salad

This salad is amazing!! I found it on Twitter. The link to the original recipe posted is at: http://www.pbs.org/parents/kitchenexplorers/2013/04/25/bacon-avocado-and-corn-salad/
I did not use the 4 ears of corn, rather I used 2 (341 ml)cans of peaches and cream corn. ¬†I find the ears of corn in the stores right now are not so great, although come September in Manitoba the corn is awesome. ¬†I will use the ears then. ¬†I also did not add the feta cheese since my husband doesn’t like it. ¬†I love it, but it was not missed without it. ¬†I made my salad ahead of time and put it in the fridge for dinner. ¬†The recipe does say to bring it to room temperature before serving. ¬†I actually really preferred it warm right after I made it. ¬†Next time, I will make ahead the bacon and cook the corn right before serving.

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5 strips thick-cut bacon
4 ears corn, husks and silks removed
2 ounces cotija cheese (feta cheese may be substituted)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
Juice of 1 lime
1 Hass avocado
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

1. Place a heavy skillet over medium heat. Arrange the bacon strips in the skillet and cook on both sides until the bacon is crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to dry. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet
2. Cut the kernels off each cob by laying the cob flat on a cutting board and using a sharp knife to remove the kernels. Discard the cobs and transfer the kernels to the skillet with the bacon fat. Cook the corn over medium-high heat until it is just slightly golden brown, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, crumble in the cotija cheese, and add the cilantro and lime juice. Let the mixture cool to room temperature. Roughly crumble the bacon onto the corn mixture and toss to combine.
3. Cut the avocado in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin, and cut the avocado onto 1/2-inch pieces. Transfer the avocado to the skillet and toss.
4. Taste and season with salt and pepper before serving. Serve immediately at room temperature, or refrigerate for later. Bring to room temperature before serving.

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Stuffed Turkey Meatloaf

I have been making this recipe for many years and it has taken me years to put it on my blog. ¬†I really don’t know why since my kids devour this meatloaf, especially when I add some turkey gravy to it. ¬†I found this recipe in the Winnipeg Free Press “Recipe Swap Favorites” cookbook by Ilana Simon. ¬†I have made this meatloaf in the morning and cooked it later for dinner. ¬†I often serve this with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.

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1 1/2 pounds (750 g) ground turkey
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
3/4 cup (175 ml) dry bread crumbs
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
1/2 tsp (2 ml) pepper
1 envelope stuffing mix (such as Stovetop), prepared according to directions on box

1. Mix ground turkey, egg, milk, bread crumbs, salt and pepper in a bowl.
2. Pack some in the bottom of a 9x5x3 inch (22x12x7 cm) loaf pan to make 1/2 inch (12 mm) layer. Then press same thickness of meat to form walls up from layer about 2 inches high.

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3. Pack prepared stuffing into cavity. Pinch off any meat from walls that extends above stuffing. Add to remaining meat mixture.

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4. On waxed paper, press out remaking meat mixture to the size of the pan, covering from edge to edge of pan. Invert over loaf. Centre, then slowly peel off paper.

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5. Tuck meat all around so it joins walls of meat on side. Bake uncovered at 350F (180C) oven for about 1 hour. Slice to serve.

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Chicken Parmesan

This recipe is adapted from The New Best Recipe Cookbook by Cook’s Illustrated. ¬†I use my own marinara sauce (you can find various marinara recipes on this blog) and I also melt mozzarella cheese on top. The recipe I have included is for the breaded chicken cutlets used. I always serve my Chicken Parmesan with egg noodles. ¬†Super easy and very filling!



Breaded Chicken Cutlets
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fat trimmed
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs 
3/4 cup unbleached flour
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon plus 3 /4 cup olive oil

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1.  Use a meat pounder, rubber mallet, or rolling pin to pound the chicken breasts to an even 1/2-inch thickness.
2. Sprinkle the cutlets with salt and pepper.
3. Set a large heatproof plate on the rack in the oven, and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow dish or pis plate.  Spread the flour in a second shallow dish.  Beat the eggs with the 1 tablespoon olive oil in a third shallow dish.  Place a wire rack over a baking sheet.
4. Working with one at a time, dredge the cutlets thoroughly in the flour, shaking off the excess.  Using tongs, dip both sides of the cutlets in the egg mixture, taking care to coat them thoroughly and allowing the excess to drip back into the dish to ensure a very thin coating.  Dip both sides of the cutlets in the bread crumbs, pressing the crumbs with your fingers to form an even, cohesive coat.  Place the breaded cutlets in a single layer on the wire rack and allow the coating to dry for about 5 minutes.
5. Meanwhile, heat 6 tablespoons of the remaining oil in a heavy-bottomed 10 inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering but not smoking, about 2 minutes.  Lay the two cutlets gently in the skillet and cook until deep golden brown and crisp on the first side, gently pressing down on the cutlets with a wide metal spatula to help ensure even browning, about 2 1/2 minutes. Using tongs, turn the cutlets, reduce the heat to medium, and continue to cook until the meat feels firm when pressed gently and the second side is a deep golden brown and crisp, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.  Line the warmed plate with a double layer of paper towels and set the cutlets on top; return the plate to the oven.
6. Discard the oil in the skillet and wipe the skillet clean using tongs and a large wad of paper towels.  Repeat Step 5, using the remaining 6 tablespoons oil and the now-clean skillet to cook the remaining cutlets. 

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Parmesan Breaded Chicken Cutlets
Follow the recipe for Breaded Chicken cutlets, replacing 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs with 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese