World’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookie (Seriously)

best chocolate chip cookie

I feel like I’ve been working on perfecting the world’s best chocolate chip cookie recipe for years. Since I was 6 actually. To me, there is nothing more comforting than a chocolate chip cookie. I’m sure the synonym for nostalgia is “chocolate chip cookie” in fact. And no matter how many times I thought I got it right, a new technique or trick seemed to fall in my lap. I mean, it is a rough life, eating all of those chocolate chip cookies. But someone has to do it. Someone has to find the best chocolate chip recipe in the world, right?

best chocolate chip cookie

The wait is over. I think I found THE WORLD’S BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES. Yeah, I know there are a lot of other recipes out there claiming to be the best. But do those recipes have a ooey, gooey, chocolately center? Do the other recipes have toffee-like, slightly crispy, slightly chewy edges? Are the other cookies fluffy, nutty, and with a hint of salt?

Trust me. These are the best. I dare ya to try them and not agree!

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The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (Seriously)
This is the world's best chocolate chip cookie recipe. The luscious, molten center is encircled in crispy, caramelly edges with obscene amounts of chocolate.
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 20 min
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 20 min
Servings
cookies
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder, cornstarch, nutmeg, and salt into a bowl. Set aside. Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Fold in chocolate and incorporate without breaking pieces. Press plastic wrap against dough and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. Dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat. Set aside. Scoop 3 1/2-ounce mounds of dough (the size of generous golf balls) onto baking sheet. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt and bake until golden brown but still soft, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer cookies onto another rack to cool completely.
    best chocolate chip cookie with milk

Brown Butter Parsnip Breakfast Bread

brown butter parsnip bread

One of the many reasons why I love cooking is the endless creativity. And one easy way to be creative in the kitchen is taking a standard, classic recipe and adding a fun twist to it. I’ve loved doing this ever since I started cooking when I was 6 years old. Granted, swapping out the hot dog for a kielbasa in my version of pigs in a blanket wouldn’t bring James Beard to my house, but it certainly started fueling the fire that would motivate me throughout my professional life. My latest “twist” takes classic carrot or zucchini breakfast bread and uses parsnips instead. Parsnips have a nutty, almost caramelly taste when cooked, so naturally I thought they would work well baked into a sweet loaf. And who doesn’t love browned butter? The two special ingredients take the classic shredded veggie loaf to a new level. It’s great for breakfast bread, dessert, or a midnight snack!

granny smith apple with parsnip. The two vegetables make the breakfast bread moist.
Key to moist parsnip bread? Grated Granny Smith apples! Plus they add a little tartness to balance the sweet bread.
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Brown Butter Spiced Parsnip Bread with Maple Butter
A twist on a classic, this bread and butter recipe is sure to warm you up.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
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loaf
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Maple Butter
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings
loaf
Ingredients
Maple Butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In separate bowl, add brown sugar and set aside. For the brown butter, heat butter on medium heat in small saucepan. As the butter melts and starts to boil, carefully stir so the butter doesn't burn too quickly in one spot. Keep an eye and nose out for little brown flecks in the butter, which will happen quickly! When the butter is starting to smell nutty and you see little pepper-like spots, immediately pour the butter into the sugar. This will stop the cooking and prevent any burning.
  2. While the butter cools, peel and grate the parsnips. Then peel and grate the apple. (Leave this step until the very end; the apple should be added to the butter-sugar mixture immediately to prevent the apple from turning brown). Once the butter-sugar mix is cool, mix in the eggs. Add the vanilla, milk, parsnips, and apple and mix well. Gently stir in the flour mixture. Place the batter in a 8½ inch loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Bake for 50-55 minutes or until a wooden skewer comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the loaf. Cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Cut and serve with maple butter!
Maple Butter
  1. Whip butter and maple syrup together.

Shakshuka… Or “Yay, we’re not sick anymore” dinner

shakshuka

The saga of diversifying the munchkin’s palate continues. This week’s chapter unfortunately includes a painfully long family battle with an ugly virus so introducing any new flavors had to be put on the back burner. However, we all seem to be coming out of the dark as of last night (ish) so I jumped at the chance to spice up our dinner (and provide something more satiating than the water, rice, and cold meds diet we’ve been on for the past 9 days). Introducing: my shakshuka.

onion, tomato, berbere

The beauty of my version of this poached egg and tomato dish is its not only super easy and healthy, but quite the fusion food (why introduce one flavor when you can introduce several)!  While the origin of shakshuka is disputed, one thing everyone can agree on is its super tasty. My recipe includes a spice blend from Ethiopia called berbere which includes spices like chilies, cinnamon, fenugreek, and coriander to name just a few. Don’t worry if you can’t find berbere- have fun playing around with different spice blends (curry, harissa, etc.). In fact, this dish is so versatile that you can really do anything with it! Add more veggies, cheese, herbs, or sauces (I topped this one with a chimichurri). Breakfast for dinner? Sure! Warm spices? Yes please! Zesty Argentinean salsa on top? Heck yes! Bread?? Mmmmmm.

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Shakshuka with Chimichurri
A spicy blend of flavors cooked with rich tomatoes that makes the perfect poaching sauce for eggs!
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 30 min
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Shakshuka
Chimichurri
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 20 min
Cook Time 30 min
Servings
portions
Ingredients
Shakshuka
Chimichurri
Instructions
  1. 2 hours before serving combine chimichurri ingredients in small bowl and set aside (this sauce tastes better the longer it sits).
  2. In a saucepan with a tall edge, heat oil on medium heat. Saute the onions, jalapeno, and garlic until soft. Add in the spice blend and cook for 1 min, until aromatic. Add in the crushed tomatoes. Lower the heat, cover, and cook until dark and thick (20-30 minutes). Remove lid and carefully added the eggs to the sauce. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes (until whites are set but yolks are still runny). Serve with chimichurri, herbs, and grilled bread!!