Good, easy, satisfying.
Also what I ate after climbing out of the Bachelorette-induced Instagram hole I fell into last night. Fact: time speeds up when you’re scrolling through the lives of semi-strangers.
I’m trying to do this thing for the next 40 days and 40 nights where I reserve dessert to a once a day. Laugh if you want, but all too often I find myself mindlessly tearing into a bag of peanut M&M’s or popping Baked by Melissa’s like their grapes. Eliminating sucrose completely is a bit lofty for the time being so I’ve decided to make refined sugar a once a day thing. Baby steps, friends.
Anyhow, happening upon the above recipes hasn’t helped matters much.
Last night after I’d done the dishes and chatted with the roommate about the Patriots, our weekends, LinkedIn, and Juan Pablo, my thoughts turned to recipe standards. I had a loaf of banana bread baking in the oven and the recipe was one I’d pulled together countless times. Knowing that the correct proportions and enough faith in my oven will bring inevitable deliciousness is always comforting in the most basic sense.
In the same line of thinking, I make the same vanilla cake and can spout off the measurements for apple crisp from memory. Below are a few recipes I’ve seared into my brain. Sharing just because.
Xo & butter.
What to bake when it’s your second week at a new job:
Chocolate Chip Banana Bread with Bourbon
This is love in a loaf pan. When you’re pressed for time you can brown the butter and I also usually add a bourbon glaze.
What to bake when you need an “I’m an adult, I swear” dessert to bring to a dinner party:
Nearly Flourless Chocolate Cake
Invest in good butter and good chocolate. Serve (tiny, tiny slivers) with crème fraiche, whipped cream, berries, or powdered sugar. Feel like a real person. Repeat.
What to bake when it’s September-March and you need to apartment to smell like heaven:
In her book Joy calls this “man bait” apple crisp. I would revise to “anyone/anything bait” apple crisp. This shouldn’t taste so good. It’s too easy.
What to bake when you’ve never browned butter before but think you might want to try:
Brown Butter Nutella Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies
Stock up on Purell and maybe start taking Vitamin C. You’ll need to prepare yourself for the hugs you’ll receive after making these. Also, use Maldon sea salt and I would recommend freezing the drops of Nutella on a cookie sheet while you make the dough.
What to make when you find yourself in possession of an ice cream maker of an entire Saturday afternoon:
S’mores Ice Cream
Not exactly a quick project but if and when you can carve out some time I highly recommend attempting this. Preferably with a season of Scandal streaming in the background, but that’s just me.
January has been full of a few easy, delicious coffee table meals. Por ejemplo:
Salad from What Katie Ate. Manchego, sun dried tomatoes, potatoes, red onion, arugula, chorizo. Ba-am.
Quick stir fry. This is chicken, broccoli, peas, rice noodles, garlic, and ginger on low heat for a minute then soy sauce then Fitnessista’s amazing spicy almond butter sauce.
Soup from GOOP. Surprisingly filling and super adaptable. I made with Broccoli and arugula but you could sub any green veg.
Sugar-free cinnamon waffles from Shape. Rull good. Applesauce and greek yogurt/oil instead of sugar and butter (although I added some Kerrygold at the end). You could probably make them g-free and with a flax egg if you’re into that sort of thing. Easy like Sunday morning which, coincidentally, is when I made them.
I impulsed bought a waffle iron and my life changed. That’s the whole story.
[BUT I’m currently eating this, which isn’t too bad, either.]
Our pasta is going Greek (yogurt).
Read more: Pasta with Yogurt and Caramelized Onions - Genius Recipe at Food52.
I spent a solid 6 minutes this afternoon staring at the photo. Need to make soooooon.
Salty Peanut Butter Cookies (recipe via @mollyorangette)
This past Sunday as I tucked into a corner booth and stared straight down at a jar full of molten cake cake I knew in an instant that I would love everything Autumn Martin does and stands for. A little internet diving has since confirmed this suspicion. (Previously Head Chocolatier at Theo! Launched a Kickstarter to help build her shop and have it certified as organic! Wears really great earrings!)
Once we polished off that cake I could’ve easily tucked away a s’mores bar, a butter beer, and one of those cookies but the ounce of better judgement I carry with me argued otherwise. Luckily I found some replicable Hot Cakery over on Orangette.
Potential post-bebbsitting plans.