recent recipes: caprese quinoa, crock pot buffalo chicken, and levain chocolate chip cookies


I’ve been very busy but don’t worry. I’ve been cooking and eating. Plenty. Here are some quick updates.


I’ve been on a quinoa kick (with the rest of the health conscious world) and this was such a great, easy recipe. Shauna made it first and I couldn’t get it out of my mind so I found a close recipe that I tweaked to my taste. A little less oil and a quick drizzle of balsamic. Delish.


So, this was much more unappealing than it looks. Which is hard to believe, I know. This is the very blog-famous crock pot buffalo chicken. Simple as pie! Chicken breasts, a bottle of hot sauce, and a packet of ranch dressing mix. I should have known better … how could this possibly turn out good? Well, easy: It didn’t. I added a dollop of sour cream and some chopped scallions to try to break up the saltiness of this dish and ate it open-faced on a soft bun. Still awful. Sorry.


And finally, I attempted to make the Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies for my co-worker’s last day. This is definitely one of those recipes where you really come to acknowledge the concept that: cooking is more of art, while baking is more of a science. Yes, it certainly is. And my two batches came out completely different. I pretty much followed this recipe (subbing the 1 cup of light brown sugar for a 1/2 cup light and a 1/2 cup dark) without the walnuts. The only difference between the left and right above being the right were scooped out with ice cream scooper and the right were hand-formed. I used an entire 5 lb. bag of chocolate chips in the making of these. Totally worth it.

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One Response to recent recipes: caprese quinoa, crock pot buffalo chicken, and levain chocolate chip cookies

  1. MMM. I want that quinoa right MEOW!

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