Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

I’ve been having a bit of a love affair with cookies and milk lately.

ImageEvery night before bed, I have a glass of milk and a few cookies. Most nights it’s just plain old Joe-Joe’s (Trader Joe’s far superior incarnation of the Oreo), but when I have days off I try to always make a batch of these.

Chocolate chip cookies have always been my favorite, but no cookie has ever infuriated me they way they have. I tried and failed to come up with the perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe for most of my teenage years. My mom was always content with the recipe on the back of the Nestle Toll House bag, but that could never turn out the soft chewy cookie of my dreams. My perfect chocolate chip cookie was something I had resigned to only being able to find in bakeries and coffee shops. Continue reading

Grilled Artichokes with Spicy Lemon Aioli

I KNOW.

ImageI just gave you a plate full of veggies and all I have to follow up with is more of them. But, don’t fret…these are too good to pass up, and I’ve always seen artichokes as more of a vehicle for a sauce or dip anyways. So it’s a snack, not a vegetable (at least that’s my flawed logic) AND this aioli has only 3 ingredients and is reaaaaally addicting, so it’s totally worth it.

Also…I’m baking cookies all day today, so my raging sweet tooth will make its appearance soon enough. Don’t you worry about that one little bit. This girl loves chocolate & sugar more than life itself. Continue reading

Beet and Feta Salad

Last night, I found myself wandering around the produce section, longing desperately for summertime.

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I didn’t find much (considering it’s Tennessee in March, which means the weather’s too confused for anything to grow), but I found enough to make a salad for today’s lunch. You see…I never get to eat lunch. I cook at work during the day, so I never really have time to eat til dinner.  Which sucks, because lunches are the best.

So, I made this salad, AND you should make this salad. Its stupidly simple and different from your typical lettuce+other veg+dressing=salad. It satisfied my urge for something fresh and crunchy and not cooked in butter. Continue reading