Friday, May 15, 2015

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

adapted from No. 2 Pencil
INGREDIENTS
2 tablespoons of butter
2 firmly packed tablespoons of brown sugar
1 tablespoon of granulated sugar
Pinch of kosher salt
¼ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
1 large egg yolk
1/8 teaspoon of baking soda
1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
Mini semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350ºF.
In a microwave safe bowl, heat butter just until it starts to melt and is softened. Blend softened butter, sugars, salt, and vanilla together by hand.
Add egg yolk and stir again.
Add baking soda and flour and stir until combined.
Then stir in mini chocolate chips until you feel like there are enough.
Scoop dough, and place on baking sheet at least two inches.
Bake for about 8 minutes, or until edges are golden brown.
Remove baking sheet from oven and give the baking sheet a firm, but careful bang on the counter top. This will deflate the cookies and give them a perfect wrinkly appearance.

I am a lazy baker. I love baking, but sometimes I just can't. Cookies cause this laziness to come up to the surface. You make the dough, bake a couple batches, and then you still have a crap ton of dough! This recipe is perfect for my lazy baker heart. It made six cookies, and they all fit on one cookie sheet. It is gloriously delicious, gloriously portioned, and gloriously easy to clean up. Make these! I promise you will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Deep Fried Cauliflower

INGREDIENTS
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon fresh cracked pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 cup whole milk
1 head of cauliflower, chopped into even pieces
Canola oil for frying
Kosher salt for after frying

DIRECTIONS
Heat oil over medium-high heat, until it reaches at least 375ºF.

While oil is heating, whisk flour, pepper, garlic powder, salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Add milk, and mix well. Toss chopped cauliflower into batter.

Fry in batches for 5-6 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from oil, and let cool on a paper towel covered cooling rack. Salt while still hot.

Serve warm with bbq covered meat, or just eat alone until you can't eat anymore.

I'm sad to admit that there was a time when cauliflower had no place in my life. Then I moved to Cedar City, and a couple years later a little joint called, Sonny Boy's opened up. I stuck with sides that I was familiar with, until my friends forced me to try a piece of their fried cauliflower. I quickly realized how generous that act of love truly was because they were heavenly. That battered, and deep fried cauliflower changed my life. When I moved home, it became my mission to recreate the deliciousness of that cauliflower, because a five hour drive is a long-A-drive for some cauliflower. This recipe is pretty dang close that I had to share it with the world!