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My Family’s World Famous Cookie Recipe

It’s National Cookie Day! Which means it is finally time for me to share my family’s heavily guarded and world famous chocolate chip cookie recipe. It’s been passed down several generations and truly is incomparable.

Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Recipe

Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Recipe

My Family’s World Famous Cookie Recipe

    2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1 teaspoon salt
    1 cup butter, softened
    3/4 cup granulated sugar
    3/4 cup packed brown sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    2 large eggs
    2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  • Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate morsels.
  • Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
  • My great(x4) grandmother, Nesleé, from France originally developed this recipe. Her family name was Toulousé.


    Okay you caught me. This is obviously the classic recipe for Original Nestle® Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies.

    But you can’t blame me for ripping it off. It’s delish! Hope you have a delightful National Cookie Day.

    Oh! And Pro Tip: do not look at the nutrition facts. A serving size is apparently one cookie. Who eats one cookie?? We’ll worry about that on National Sit-Up Day. Or never. Whatever.

    Nestle Tollhouse Cookie Recipe

    Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 7

    Sapporo 3

    Alright we’re well into my week-long gift guide countdown to Father’s Day and since tomorrow is the big day, I give you an option that is thoughtful, unique, and doesn’t even require overnight shipping!

    If “stuff” isn’t all that important to your pops, give him an experience instead – namely, cook the big guy an awesome dinner to share good eats and conversation with your family and friends!

    Sapporo 1

    Chili Recipe feat. Sapporo
    Olive Oil (enough to coat the bottom of a large sauté pan)
    1/4 cup of Minced Garlic
    1 lb of ground turkey 85/15 (or other ground meat of your choosing. You can also combo other meats also like pulled chicken, ground beef, ground pork, etc.)
    1/8 cup of granulated garlic
    1/8 cup of granulated onion
    1/8 cup of paprika
    1/8 cup of ground cumin
    A pinch of Italian seasoning
    A pinch of ground coriander
    A pinch of smoked sea salt
    A pinch of ground pepper
    2 16 oz cans of organic vegetarian chili (if you cannot find organic canned veggie chili, a nonorganic one is fine also.
    Note: if you prefer and have time, you can use dried beans
    1 16 oz can of cannellini beans (rinse and drain)
    1/2 of a 28oz. can of crushed tomatoes
    1 6oz can of tomato paste
    1/2 cup of homemade or jarred tomato sauce of your choosing
    1/4 cup of BBQ sauce (homemade or brand of your choosing)
    1/4 cup of Heinz ketchup
    1/2 of a 12 oz bottle/ or 1/2 of a 16 oz can of Sapporo Premium

    1. Cover bottom of large sauté pan with olive oil and add minced garlic
    2. Season ground meat with a pinches of granulated garlic, onion and chili powder and salt and pepper
    3. Brown ground meat in large pan with heat turned up about half way so to not burn meat and spice mixture
    4. Once meat is browned, transfer to slow cooker
    5. Add canned chili or soaked beans, rest of all spices, sauces, pastes, beer and stir in crock pot to blend all ingredients together
    6. Set cooker to low and timer to 8 hours. After 8 hours, cooker will switch to warm if you are not serving right away
    7. Make sure to stir every hour or so, so chili doesn’t stick and tomato based products don’t burn
    8. Feel free to top with chopped up cooked bacon, fried onions, shredded cheese, sour cream, scallions or anything you like
    9. Serve with crackers and ice cold Sapporo!



    Sapporo 2

    PS – Catch up on previous gift ideas!
    Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 1
    Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 2
    Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 3
    Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 4
    Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 5
    Countdown to Father’s Day: Gift Guide pt. 6

    Mother’s Day Reminder

    Eating Rome 3

    This is your friendly reminder that Mother’s Day is coming up. This Sunday is your chance to remind your mama that you love her – so don’t forget!

    In case you need some inspiration, I’m all about escapism. Who among us doesn’t love a good movie or novel for the sheer reason that you can get lost in a narrative far from your day to day.

    Here’s a thought – why not give your mom a mental vacation with an Eat, Pray, Love-esque book and dinner. Pick up one like Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City by Elizabeth Minchilli and then whip up some yummy Italian food. Some tasty pasta and a culinary tour of Rome is an awesome way to escape for the night without the jet lag and credit card debt.

    And don’t forget the flowers. Always bring flowers.

    Happy Mother’s Day!


    Eating Rome 4

    Eating Rome

    Eating Rome 2


    Pi Day 2

    Hi nerds!
    Do you know what today is? Well it’s just the most special day this century to those mathematicians and dessert fans among us.

    It’s Pi Day!

    I cant claim to be a math whiz; Far from it. But I do love me some good ol’ fashioned apple pie. Well… all desserts really.

    Today’s special because it’s 3/14… or the start of the infinite number represented by the Greek letter π that mathematically represents the ratio of a circumference of a circle to its diameter – which is constant at 3.14159… all the way to infinity.

    Have I lost you?

    Hang in there! I promise there’s pie coming!

    Today at 9:26:53 will be the only time this century when the first ten digits of pi will be represented: 3.141592653.

    So let’s celebrate (there’s always a reason to!) with some breakfast pie! AKA an apple tart?

    I cheated and went to Sweet Lady Jane on Melrose for some single serve apple pies with a brandy glaze. YUM!

    Happy Pi / Pie Day of the Century!


    Pi Day

    Gaucho Steak Salad

    Gaucho Steak Salad 3

    I am going to let you guys in on one of my all-time favorite quick-fix dinners. This one is so super easy –

    I call it the Gaucho Steak Salad because its star ingredient is flank steak – and I used to order something similar at a restaurant called Gaucho Grill before it closed shop in my neighborhood. RIP Gaucho Grill.

    Flank steak is super affordable and it’s actually an awesome cut of meat – super thin, tender, and flavorful without being fatty.

    Gaucho Steak Salad 2

    1. In a large bowl, combine about 3 tablespoons of garlic paste (usually found in handy little tubes in the fresh produce section), 3 tablespoons of olive oil, and 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar. This is your marinade and this is where the magic happens. Add your flank steak to this mixture and give it a little massage to work the flavor into the meat.

    2. Set that aside while you check Instagram, send a Snapchat, and otherwise zone out for 15 minutes.

    3. Okay now add a little olive oil to a large pan and get some good heat going. Sear the meat (sealing in the juices) and cook for about 5 minutes on each side. Keep an eye on it, though, because it’s a thin cut of meat so it’ll cook up fast.

    4. Set aside the steak for at least 5-10 minutes. Don’t cut into it yet. You want the juices to settle so cutting the meat before it’s cool will waste all that flavor.

    5. The salad part is easy – toss in your favorites (I do grape tomatoes, avocado, parmesan, and romaine, with a light caesar dressing).

    Now slice up that steak and have at it!

    You can also use this steak in a bomb steak sandwich or even just with some sides. It’s so good and so easy!



    PS – My salads at home do not look like this. I chop everything up and toss it in a big bowl. But that wouldn’t have been as pretty :)

    Gaucho Steak Salad 1

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