Inside the Baker’s Kitchen: Ginger Molasses and Dark Chocolate Cookies and more

Inside the Baker’s Kitchen: Ginger Molasses and Dark Chocolate Cookies

Molasses Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hello friends! It’s time for our third and final installment of Inside the Baker’s Kitchen with KitchenAid! I want to show you my very favorite kitchen appliance, and also make my favorite spicy, sweet molasses cookies.

This 5 qt. KitchenAid® Stand Mixer is where luxury meets necessity in my kitchen. I use it for everything from cake batters to bread loaves. It’s just a work-horse. The hum of this stand mixer of is exactly familiar to me… and it usually means cookies are in my future. KitchenAid now has beautiful ceramic bowls to use with the 5 qt. stand mixers. They’re beautiful, durable, and feel so special in my baker’s kitchen. Really the most special thing!

Molasses Ginger Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chewy edges, soft and cakey centers. Holiday spiced, dark chocolate studded, utterly perfect because they’re cookies.

Naturally they’re topped with just a touch of sea salt. Sweet meets salty meets perfect all around.

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Mushroom Kale Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Mushroom and Kale Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Bloggers can be pretty predictable. Since it’s December, you can count on most of us writing about tinsel and cookie swaps, peppermint coated this, mulled wine that… all the pine, all the Santa hats, all the sugar spice and nice.

Come January we’ll all be talking about salads and smoothies. I don’t think we’re allowed to talk about fudge in January. I think that’s actually against the law.

I have to shake loose from the holidays for a moment. I mean… can we just sit at the kitchen counter and eat quesadillas for a while and not think about Winter cookies and holiday shopping? That would be cool.

Let’s do that.

Ps. The fact that these Mushroom and Kale Quesadillas are topped with sriracha makes them aaalllmost Christmas themed. See how these holidays sneak in to stay? Dang.

Mushroom and Kale Goat Cheese Quesadillas

Quesadillas are pretty close to rocket science so I’m going to need you to pay attention here.

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Let It Be Sunday

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Hi friends!  Look at us having a Sunday!

I’ve been in Nashville this week, mostly cozied up in a house trying my very best to write a cookbook about Brunch.  In between the brainstorming and typing I’ve eaten ALL the things in Nashville.  I smell like barbecue, and coffee, and tacos.  If you’re repulsed and concerned… don’t worry, I’m doing it right.

Thank you to all of you who came to my book signing at Parnassus Books.  Meeting you really is the highlight of anything I do.  I adore you.

Here’s our week on the Internet:

•  Time Magazine’s Person of the Year:  Ebola Fighters.  Read this.

•  I Can’t Be Forgiven for Abu Ghraib:  the torture report reminds us of what America was.

•  Louisiana’s Moon Shot.  The coastline is disappearing, but will $50 billion save it?

•  It’s that time of year.  Round-up, reminiscing, and that reverent thing we do at the end of a year.  ... Read the rest of this post..... »


Happy Holidays! Gifts I’m Giving.

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How’s your gifting this year? Do you have everything checked off your list, already wrapped, under the tree, in the mail?  Yea… meee neither.  It’ll all come together.  I just need to find my packing tape, my brain, and a little bit of free time.  Shouldn’t be too hard.

Here’s a peek at what I’m gifting the year.  If we’re the sort of friends that exchange gifts, consider this a spoiler alert.

1  •  Give the gift of cookies without actually preheating your oven!  This Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix from Not Without Salt makes the most lovely dark chocolate cookies. We’re all so inundated with sweets over the holiday season, gifting a mix means that cookies can be made in the future-future… like during the dark days of the January diet days.

2  •  Good coffee is such a luxury.  This monthly Blue Bottle Coffee Subscription is like morning luxury, delivered. Put your fancy pants on.  This mess is legit.

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Winter Citrus Booster with ginger and sweet potato

Winter Citrus Booster with ginger and sweet potato

Cold season?  Nope.  Not going to do it.  Flu season?  Get right outta here with all that.  Sniffles?  Congestion?  The general drags?  Nobody has time for all that.

To keep the sickness bugs at bay as the days frost over and chill, I’m shoving every whole and healthy bit of produce I have into my juicer.  This version is heavy on the big, bright citrus of Winter, and spiked with spicy fresh ginger.

There’s no way a cold is getting me down.  #knockonwood

Winter Citrus Booster with ginger and sweet potato (1)

A good while ago, on a juicing kick, I talked a lot about juicing here:  On Juicing.  Since them, I’ve eaten a lot of french fries and chocolate chip cookies.

To make juice… you’re going to need a juicer.  That’s just the deal.  Two great juicers include the Hurom Slow Juicer  and this KitchenAid Juicer Attachment that attaches directly to a stand mixer!

Winter Citrus Booster with ginger and sweet potato

It’s got to be good to drink something this naturally brightly colored, right?  I mean… vitamin C, vitamin A,... Read the rest of this post..... »


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