Tuesday, September 24, 2013

40 Recipes | White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Recipe Source:  Blog
Made : September 5, 2013


1/2 cup butter, softened but still chilled.
1/2 cup shortening
3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp hot water
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups white chocolate chips
4 oz macadamia nuts


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.  Using a standard mixer, beat the butter and shortening together until well mixed and smooth.
3.  Add the brown sugar and sugar. Beat for 1-2 minutes, until nearly creamy.
4.  Add the eggs, one at a time and mixing in between additions.
5.  Dissolve the baking soda in the tablespoon of water. Add both the baking soda and the vanilla to the mixer and mix well. Mix in the salt.
 6.  Add the flour and mix until dough forms.
7.  Mix in the white chocolate chips and macadamia nuts using a wooden spoon or spatula.
8.  Scoop dough by heaping tablespoons onto a parchment lined or silicon lined baking sheet, 2 inches apart.
9.  Bake for 10-12 minutes until edges are golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely

Thoughts:  These cookies were incredible!

Verdict:  Make again? Yes!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

40 Recipes :: Creamy Garlic Pasta

Recipe Source:  Blog
Made : August 31, 2013

2 tsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp butter
¼  tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 cups chicken stock
½ lb spaghetti or angel hair pasta
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
¾ cup heavy cream
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley


In a pot, bring the olive oil to medium-low heat. Add the garlic and stir, allowing it to cook for 1-2 minutes. Mix in the butter until melted. Add the salt, pepper and chicken stock. Raise the heat to high and let it come to a boil. 
Once it is at a rolling boil, add the pasta and cook for as long as the box’s directions indicate. Reduce the stove to medium heat and mix in the parmesan until completely melted. Turn off the heat and stir in the cream and parsley. Serve immediately.
Thoughts:  Really good.  The heavy cream we bought was bad (we bought brand new that day).  So we had to make due and use milk.  Ours was a little cheesy, definitely needed the heavy cream.  But it was still good!  I think in the future it will be a side dish to chicken or shrimp.

Make again? Yes!