Molasses CookieAs kids, we looked forward to crunchy cookie snacks in our lunch box, and as adults we melt at the aroma of freshly baked cookies. But what makes us so cookie crazy? Why are cookies America's favorite baked good? Could it be the endless varieties, limitless flavors, and ease of popping the two-bite desserts into out mouth? We asked several professional pastry chefs their opinion about our favorite dessert and also gathered together some our favorite cookie recipes from award-winning professional chefs, home cooks, and top-selling food publications.
Chef Jansen Chan, pastry director at the International Culinary Center, tells us that "the mobility and transport of a solid, sweet pastry makes the cookie an ideal American snack. In a nation that's always on-the-go, the cookie is a manageable sweet snack that also showcases a wide variety of flavors." And here at The Daily Meal, we couldn't agree more. With plenty of cookies perfect for packing and eating while out and about during a busy
Molasses CookieAs kids, we looked forward to crunchy cookie snacks in our lunch box, and as adults we melt at the aroma of freshly baked cookies. But what makes us so cookie crazy? Why are cookies America's favorite baked good? Could it be the endless varieties, limitless flavors, and ease of popping the two-bite desserts into out mouth? We asked several professional pastry chefs their opinion about our favorite dessert and also gathered together some our favorite cookie recipes from award-winning professional chefs, home cooks, and top-selling food publications.Read More »from The 5 Best Cookie Recipes You'll Ever Try
Sweet Soft Pretzels
1 pound store-bought pizza dough, thawed if frozen
All-purpose flour, for work surface
1/3 cup finely chopped nuts or 1/2 cup chopped chocolate or 2 tablespoons fennel seed
Olive oil, for bowl and baking sheet
3 tablespoons baking soda
2 tablespoons coarse sugar
1. Place dough on a lightly floured work surface; sprinkle with nuts, chocolate, or fennel seed. Gently knead to incorporate. Transfer to an oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rest 1 hour.
2. Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each piece into an 18-inch-long rope. To shape dough into pretzels, form each dough rope into a U-shape and twistRead More »from Give Oktoberfest Pretzels a Whole New Twist
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Potato SkinsKick off football season with our fully loaded skins. They weigh in at just 120 calories per serving versus the classic's 350, and have one-fifth the saturated fat. Our secret: lighter ingredients (reduced-fat sour cream, Pecorino cheese) that pack a lot of flavor. Touchdown!Read More »from These Healthy Potato Skins Cut 80% of the Saturated Fat — but None of the Flavor!
Yields: 8 appetizer servings
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Prep Time: 35 min
Oven Temp: 400
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- 4 large (12 ounces each) baking (russet) potatoes, well scrubbed
- 4 slice(s) center-cut bacon
- 1 tablespoon(s) extra virgin olive oil
- 1/3 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream
- 1 ounce(s) Pecorino Romano cheese, finely grated
- 1 large (10- to 12-ounce) tomato, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon(s) snipped fresh chives
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1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. With fork, pierce each potato 3 times. Place potatoes on parchment paper. Microwave
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All too often, apple skins and cores get tossed in the trash when making an apple pie or another treat. While composting scraps is the lesser of the waste evils, here's how you can incorporate every part of the apple with these recipe ideas.
- Skin: Sure, you can buy apple chips or dehydrated apple slices at the supermarket, but why not try dehydrating apples at home? After peeling the apples, coat the pieces with a light glaze of simple syrup and bake at a low temperature for a few hours, until crisp.
- Flesh: Make homemade apple sauce or toss paper thin apple slices in a Waldorf salad. For an all-American dessert, try Michelle Obama's apple cobbler. Its slow cooking time caramelizes the apples until they practically dissolve upon bite.
- Core: Use an apple corer to cleanly remove the seeds and fibrous center of each apple. Store them in an airtight baggie in the fridge until you have enough for a full recipe. Because apples
Source: Make the Most of Your Slow Cooker
What's not to love about crockpot cooking? After all, you can put just about everything from Cuban chicken to beef chili in the slow cooker, then set it and forget it (until you're hungry, that is). As straightforward as a slow cooker sounds, however, there are a few tips to bear in mind that guarantee you'll yield the best results.
- Take advantage of the slow cooker to cook the cheapest cuts of meat - shoulder, shank, and ribs. Braising them over time will result in a tender piece of protein.
- Trim proteins of excess fat, which cooks at a faster rate. Vegetables don't cook as quickly, so layer them at the bottom of the appliance, closest to the heat source.
- To add more depth of flavor to your meal, brown your meat in a skillet first. Then deglaze the pan with a little bit of stock, wine, or water, and add those browned bits of flavor into your slow cooker, too.
- For a thicker sauce, dredge your meat in a little bit of flour before
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To save time making this sweet treat, purchase ready-to-go graham cracker crumbs and make the crust according to the directions on the package.
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• 1 1/4 cup(s) granola (no large nuts or raisins)
• 3 ounce(s) Wafer Cookies, crushed, such as Jules Destrooper Crisp Butter Wafers
• 1/3 cup(s) dark brown sugar
• 1 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
• 1 1/4 teaspoon(s) ground ginger
• 3/4 teaspoon(s) fresh grated nutmeg
• 6 tablespoon(s) unsalted butter, melted
• 8 ounce(s) goat cheese
• 1 1/2 cup(s) granulated sugar
• 2 packages(s) (8 ounces each) cream cheese
• 1 1/4 cup(s) pure pumpkin
• 1 cup(s) sour cream
• 3 large eggs
• 1 1/2 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
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1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the granola, cookie crumbs, brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon each cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt together in a medium bowl. Stir in the butter and pat the mixture into the bottom of a
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Often it's the most classic of recipes that take the longest to develop. Case in point: the chocolate chip cookie cake. A few months back, my co-worker requested it for his birthday, and I quickly rose to the challenge. The first batch was chewy on the inside and crisp on the outside, but my pie tin wasn't the right vessel, and the cookie cake sunk in the center.
For the second batch, I used a pizza pie pan, which I quickly discovered was not the appropriate baking vehicle, as the cookie dough oozed out the sides at an alarming rate, sizzling on the oven floors and smoking up my kitchen.
But I held firm to the belief that the third go would be the charm. Sure enough, using a proper cookie cake pan and halving my recipe resulted in a perfect chocolate chip cookie cake that my lucky co-workers demolished before noon. So, for many reasons, this recipe was a long time in the making, but I think the end result is well worth the laborious
Easy Money Wedding CakeEvery wedding has something that makes it a signature event. For one bride it could be all about the dress. For the next, the most important aspect could be the music. And then there are the weddings that revolve around the food. From appetizers to hors d'oeuvres, some nuptials put a great deal of importance on what is around to eat. While you may have a supreme steak or excellent finger foods on your big day, there is no wedding food more important than the wedding cake.Read More »from The 5 Best Wedding Cake Scenes in Movies
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Wedding cakes these days can cost upward of $1,000. They can be robed in fondant or adorned with real flowers. Perhaps they are a towering pile of cupcakes or mini cakes. No matter how you slice it, the wedding cake is one thing people don't forget - and it isn't just because of the taste. The wedding cake is more than just a confectionery work of art, it is an experience the entire wedding party remembers, whether the bride and groom tenderly feed each other bites or smash it
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Authentic Shoyu Ramen\
Lush pork, toothsome noodles, and a heady broth you can't stop slurping-it's no wonder ramen joints are drawing droves of diners, off-duty chefs, and seemingly everyone on your Instagram feed. Bringing shoyu ramen home takes a trip to an Asian market, three days of work, and your largest pot, but this low-stress (really!) labor of love might be the best soup you'll ever make.
Ramen officially reached cult status this year at noodle joints from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. But there's no need to wait in that hour-long line-you can host your own pop-up with this authentic, step-by-step recipe.
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Active Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 3 days
Difficulty: Moderate. Shopping and planning are the most work
Kombu dashi and tare
- 2 pieces dried kombu
- ½ cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 2 Tbsp. dry sake
- 1 Tbsp. mirin pork and stock
- 1½ lb. boneless pork shoulder
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Ziggy Marley Organics, his GMO-free product line of flavored coconut oils and hemp seeds. Marley's motto when it comes to eating? “I don't want to put anything into my body that's not natural." A peek into the kitchen at his Los Angeles home shows he means it. Check out the 10 ingredients, accessories, and products the music maker can't live without.Ziggy Marley might be best known for his music, thanks to 15 albums, five Grammys, and even an Emmy he picked up this year for best original song. But there's another talent he spends plenty of time cultivating: healthy cooking. At home, the 44-year-old whips up organic meals for his wife, Orly, and their three children: 2-year-old Abraham, 6-year-old Gideon, and 8-year-old Judah, and he's also started sharing some of his creations with the rest of the world viaDesign by Jennifer Fox
1. Ziggy Marley Coco' Mon coconut oil. We use it to bake, cook, stir fry you name it. The original flavor is great but the different flavors are amazing, lemon ginger flavor withRead More »from Ziggy Marley: In My Kitchen
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