Monday, March 2, 2009


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“The severe weather policy for Duke University and Duke University Health System will be in effect as of 7 a.m. Monday, March 2.”

Yea, I get an unexpected snow day!

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Well can you guess what that means!? It’s going to be a baking day! :-)

First-up was a second batch of Black Bean Brownies

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Followed by a batch of Cooks Illustrated Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies, aka THE BEST!

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  • 2 1/8 cups all-purpose flour (2 cups plus 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips (semi or bittersweet)
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Adjust oven racks to upper- and lower-middle positions. Mix flour, salt, and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.

  2. Either by hand or with electric mixer, mix butter and sugars until thoroughly blended. Mix in egg, yolk, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients; mix until just combined. Stir in chips.

  3. Use a small scoop and form dough into 1-in balls. to smooth dough’s uneven surface. Place formed dough onto greased cookie sheet, about twelve dough balls per sheet. (Dough can be refrigerated up to 2 days or frozen up to 1 month—shaped or not). foodblog 001

  4. Bake, reversing cookie sheets’ positions halfway through baking, until cookies are light golden brown and outer edges start to harden yet centers are still soft and puffy, 15 to 18 minutes (start checking at 13 minutes). (Frozen dough requires an extra 1 to 2 minutes baking time.) foodblog 010

  5. Cool cookies on cookie sheets. Serve or store in airtight container. Makes 50 cookies, 70 calories a piece.

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Not Another Omnivore said...

This post seriously makes me hungry looking at the pictures....

If you have time to pull on into downtown Knoxville, you should try:

-Sunspot (amazing salads, hummus, a lot of my friends like the Bob Marley, the seasoned chips and salsa...)
-Nama (best sushi in Knoxville)
-Barley's (pizza to die for)
-Downtown Grill and Brewery (just nice...great salsa, huge baked potatoes, good soft pretzels and pizza)
-Tomato Head (plain delicious)
-Oodles (BEST baked mac and cheese)

That should get you started. If you have specific food type in mind let me know.

Oh, and steer clear of Sunspot on Wed nights and DTGB on Tuesday nights...drink deals and they get crowded.

You can probably guess where I go to school now lol.


Anonymous said...

love your snow photos! those cookies look amazing! you're making me want to bake...and it's 11pm. guess i'd better not tonight, but maybe soon? :)

Rona's Home Page said...

Is that a Pampered Chef baking stone? I think I've had mine for more then 10 years. What a great investment.

Rona's Home Page said...

Enjoy your first snow day!

Leah said...

Oh my ... the photos of snow.. the brownies, the cookies.. everything looks wonderful!!!