Thursday, February 6, 2014

Hubby's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I came home from a walk with my girl friends the other night [with a frozen face and frozen legs] and my husband was waiting to watch our show together with freshly baked chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. 
BOOYEA!!!!!! It's official, he's my favourite.
I quickly changed into my pyjamas, wrapped 3 blankets around me, and snuggled up on the couch with 3 cookies and a large glass of milk. Not to my surprise (cause you see, Blake is an awesome food-maker, cause he is an at-heart food-lover), they were amazing. In fact, I am about to eat another one for my afternoon snack. Jealous? Go make them ;)


Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
INGREDIENTS______________________________________________________________________
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbs flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup oats (we use quick oats)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
DIRECTIONS_______________________________________________________________________
  1. Preheat the oven at 325.
  2. Cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt. Combine the dry and the wet ingredients.
  4. Mix in the oatmeal and chocolate chips. Place rounded balls of dough on a cookie sheet and bake for 12 minutes or until slightly golden (keep an eye out so they're just perfect to your liking).


Enjoy--with a tall glass a milk!
Cathy

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sausage, Kale, and Lentil Soup

One of the best soup I've ever made and had, hands down.

Done in less than an hour, and can be made ahead of time in a slow cooker if you want. I love Rachel Ray, she packs her meals full of flavour, and this one is on top of her recipes in my books. I adapted her recipe, and the original is found here.








Sausage, Kale, and Lentil Soup
Serves 4 (very generous portions)
Total time: less than 1 hour (15 minutes prep)

INGREDIENTS_____________________________________________________
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 pound hot sausage, casing removed*
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 large russet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 3 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Tbs ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bundle kale, stemmed and very thinly sliced
  •  1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup water (minus 2 Tbs) PLUS 2 Tbs cider vinegar (to make a cup total)
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 3/4 cups lentils (you can mix with pearl barley i.e.: 1 cup lentils and 3/4 cup barley)
  • 4 cups beef stock (or chicken)*
  • 2 cups water
DIRECTIONS______________________________________________________
  1. In a soup pot or large dutch over, heat olive oil. Add the sausage, break it up, and cook until lightly browned. Add onions, celery, carrot, potato, rosemary, garlic, cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook to soften for about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add in the kale until it wilts a bit, about 1 minutes, and sprinkle the nutmeg onto the kale. Stir in the tomato paste, then add the water/cider vinegar mixture. Reduce by half, about 3 minutes, then stir in lentils, stock, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, and simmer the soup until the lentils are tender, about 35 minutes. Add water if it's too thick (usually needed if you add in barley).
*Note: you can easily make this vegan by omitting the sausage, and substituting the beef stock for vegetable stock.

Serve with crusty bread and/or crackers.

Bon app├ętit!
Cathy