CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

These cookies are meant to be dense because they are served warm with ice cream or drizzled caramel. For best results do NOT just eat them directly from the jar. If you want to just eat the cookie only, for the best flavor and texture heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds first 😀

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES ala MOLLY YEH

Level: Easy Total: 45 min Active: 25 min Yield: 12 servings

4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons kosher salt 
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 
1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 
2 cups light brown sugar 
2 LARGE eggs, at room temperature 
2 teaspoons PURE vanilla extract 
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips 
1 cup milk chocolate chips 
Flaky salt, for sprinkling 

  • Place an oven rack in the middle position.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper an set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, salt and baking powder until combined. Set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and brown sugar until JUST combined, scraping down the bottom and sides as needed.
  • Add the eggs and vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.
  • Add the flour mixture and mix slowly until JUST BARELY combined.
  • Mix in the chocolate chips.
  • Scoop out a slightly-heaping, 1/2-cup scoop of dough and place on a prepared baking sheet.
  • Lightly press the dough to flatten into the shape of a hockey puck. Repeat with the remaining dough, placing 6 cookies on each baking sheet and making sure to evenly space apart.
  • Sprinkle the tops with flaky salt.
    Bake the cookies until golden brown around the edges and lightly browned on top, 15 to 20 minutes.

NOTES:

  • The additional flour in this recipe makes for a more substantial cookie that stays firm. The recipe I’ve been using for decades uses 3 1/2 cups flour and only 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Molly’s recipe called for semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips. The flavor of chips is up to you and your flavor palette. I used semi-sweet mini chips and milk chocolate.
  • After placing on baking sheet they can be frozen for use at a later date. If baking from frozen start checking the cookies for doneness at the 20 minute mark.

 

CHICKEN & DUMPLING SOUP

LOL 😀 It must be a Midwestern thing 😀

This would have been Molly Yeh’s recipe with very few changes until I realized I was making my great grans chicken and noodles minus the pasta and thickener. The dumplings are Molly’s MIL’s recipe though.

CHICKEN & DUMPLING SOUP – the items highlighted in blue are used in the second step.

Level: Easy Total: 3 hr 5 min Active: 1 hr 10 min Yield: 4 to 6 servings

SOUP BASE
One 3 1/2-pound whole chicken
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
2 bay leaves 
2 cloves garlic, MINCED
2 sprigs FRESH thyme 
3 large carrots, 1 cut into large chunks and 2 thinly sliced 
3 large celery stalks, 1 cut into large chunks and 2 thinly sliced 
2 medium yellow onions, 1 quartered and 1 chopped 
2 medium parsnips, 1 cut into large chunks and 1 thinly sliced 
6 sprigs fresh dill, 3 left whole and 3 chopped (I omitted this – I’m just NOT a dill fan)
2 BIG sprigs of sage
3 LARGE sprigs of Rosemary

6 sprigs FRESH flat-leaf parsley, 3 left whole and 3 chopped, plus more for serving 
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed
FRESH ground black pepper 

  • Combine the chicken, peppercorns, bay leaves, garlic, thyme, carrot chunks, celery chunks, quartered onion, parsnip chunks and 3 sprigs parsley in a large pot.
  • Cover with 5 quarts of cold water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer 1 1/2-2 hours, uncovered, until the chicken is very tender. The longer the better for the the flavor.
  • Add more water, as needed, skimming off scum and some fat, if desired.
  • Carefully strain the stock, discarding everything (veggies and herbs) except for the chicken. You should have 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 quarts of stock.
  • Set the chicken aside to cool briefly while you put together the rest of the soup.
  • Return the strained stock to the pot and bring it to a simmer.
  • Add the second step portions of sliced carrot, sliced celery, chopped onion, sliced parsnip, chopped parsley and the salt.
  • Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer.
  • Simmer, covered, for 20 minutes.

DUMPLINGS (Molly’s MIL’s recipe)
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar 
A few fresh grinds whole nutmeg 
3 LARGE eggs 

  • In a small saucepan, bring the butter and 3/4 cup water to a boil.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the flour.
  • Let cool for a few minutes so it’s not so hot that it will cook the eggs, then whisk in the salt, sugar, nutmeg and the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated into a slightly lumpy thick batter. (It’ll take a little work to whisk in the eggs.)
  • Drop heaping teaspoons of the dumpling mixture into the simmering soup, then cover and cook until the vegetables are tender and the dumplings are cooked through; begin checking for doneness at 15 minutes.
  • Pull the chicken meat off the bones and chop into bite-sized pieces.
  • Season it with salt, then add it to the soup along with the ground black pepper.
  • Taste and add more salt as needed. TASTE AND REPEAT. ADJUST SEASONINGS UNTIL IT TASTES PERFECT TO YOU!
  • Serve, garnishing with fresh parsley.

CITRUS VINAIGRETTE SALAD with GOAT CHEESE WONTON CROUTONS

This recipe is an adaptation of a Molly Yeh recipe. The croutons are still hers, but I adapted the actual salad and vinaigrette to our likes. 😀

CITRUS VINAIGRETTE SALAD with Wonton Croutons

Level: Intermediate Total: 50 min Active: 50 min Yield: 4 to 6 servings

1 LARGE navel orange, segmented with pith and peel removed
1 can mandarin oranges and juice (use juice in the vinaigrette)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper 
3 tablespoons avocado oil 
Torn romaine lettuce
1 small red onion, thinly sliced 
2 green onions, sliced thin
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 tablespoon toasted white sesame seeds
Vinaigrette from below

Fried Wonton Croutons from below

  • Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl.
  • Add the onions and tomatoes.
  • Drizzle with the dressing, tossing to coat.
  • Season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Top with orange segments, sesame seeds and Wontons.
  • Drizzle with more dressing, as needed.
  • Serve immediately.

CITRUS VINAIGRETTE yields 1 cup
1 tablespoon unseasoned rice wine vinegar
1/2 – 3/4 cup avocado oil
3 tablespoons FRESH lemon juice (2 medium lemons)
3 tablespoons FRESH orange juice (1 LARGE orange, mandarin orange juice from above or a combination of both)
1 tablespoon QUALITY honey
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 clove garlic, FINELY minced

  • Whisk together all ingredients until well-combined and emulsified.
  • Store in the refrigerator no longer than 3 days since it contains fresh garlic.
  • Shake WELL before each use.

FRIED GOAT CHEESE WONTON CROUTONS ala Molly Yeh
Neutral oil, for frying
3 ounces (84 grams) soft goat cheese 
1/4 cup (7 grams) chopped fresh chives
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper 
12 wonton wrappers 

FILLING

  • Heat about 2 inches neutral oil in a large saucepan to 365.°
  • Fill a small bowl with water.
  • Set a wire rack over a baking sheet and set aside.
  • Combine the goat cheese, chives, honey, a pinch of salt and several grinds of pepper in a small bowl.
  • Mash with a spoon to combine.

WONTONS

  • Lay out the wonton wrappers and add 1 teaspoon filling to the center of each.
  • To seal, dip your finger in the water and wet the perimeter of the wrapper.
  • With your thumb and forefinger, fold 2 opposite corners of the wrapper in half and then bring them together to meet in the middle.
  • Pinch to seal.
  • Repeat with the remaining 2 opposite corners to create a four-cornered star.
  • Add half of the wontons to the oil and fry, turning occasionally, until crisp and deep golden, 2 to 3 minutes. DO NOT CROWD PAN.
  • Drain on the wire rack.
  • Season with salt.
  • Repeat with the remaining wontons.

NO KNEAD BREAD

This is a SUPER easy to use with other meats and/or make sweet instead of savory. Thanks Molly! 😀

NO KNEAD BREAD

Level: Easy Active: 30 min Yield: 6 servings
Total: 16 hr 50 min (includes overnight rising and cooling time)

3 cups (400 grams) bread flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons kosher salt 
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast 
1 1/3 cups (320 grams) water 
8 ounces Genoa salami, diced into 1/4-inch pieces 
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives 
Butter, for serving, if desired 

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and yeast.
  • Add the water and stir with a stiff silicone spatula until combined and there are no longer bits of flour, 20 to 30 seconds. (It will be very sticky.)
  • Cover with saran and let sit on the counter at room temperature overnight, 12 to 18 hours.

 

  • Remove saran. It will have a funky, fermented aroma and bubbles.
  • Sprinkle one-third of the salami and chives over the top.
  • Using a rubber spatula, fold the outside of the dough over the salami to cover.
  • Repeat this process two more times until all of the salami and chives are folded in.

 

  • Lay a piece of parchment paper on the counter and sprinkle with an even layer of 1/4 cup flour to cover the surface.
  • Scrape the dough onto the floured parchment and use heavily-floured hands to shape it into a roundish blob.
  • Press in any exposed salami bits and pinch the dough to seal.
  • Sprinkle the top with another layer of flour and cover with a piece of saran.
  • Let sit until the dough has risen by half, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

 

  • Place an oven rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat to 450°.
  • Place a 3-4 quart lidded Dutch oven on the rack and allow to heat while the oven reaches the desired temperature.

 

  • When the dough has proofed, carefully remove the Dutch oven from the oven and remove the lid.
  • Remove the saran from the bread and using the corners of the parchment lower the bread dough into the Dutch oven parchment and all.
  • Cover the Dutch oven and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, then bake until the top is golden brown and crusty, another 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Let it cool on a rack for about an hour, then slice and serve with butter if desired.

APPLE PANCAKE

APPLE PANCAKE adapted from MOLLY YEH
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup PURE maple syrup 
2 tablespoons unsalted butter 
1 1/4 teaspoons QUALITY ground cinnamon 
Pinch kosher salt 
1 medium HONEYCRISP or GRANNY SMITH apple, peeled, cored and sliced 1/4 inch (about 1 cup) 
4 LARGE eggs 
2 tablespoons FINE sugar 
1/2 cup buttermilk**
1/3 cup all-purpose flour 
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla 
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Flaky salt, for finishing 

  • Preheat the oven to 450°.
  • In an 8-inch nonstick skillet (preferably cast iron) over low heat, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, 3/4 teaspoon of the cinnamon and a pinch kosher salt. Whisk together and whisk to combine.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Allow to boil vigorously for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Carefully add the apple slices and toss until the apples are fully coated in the caramel mixture.
  • Reduce heat to low and allow mixture to bubble for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the apples begin to soften and appear translucent.
  • Place the skillet onto a foil, parchment or silpat lined baking sheet to catch any bubbled-over caramel and bake for 5 minutes while you prepare the batter.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs and granulated sugar until frothy.
  • Whisk in the buttermilk, flour, vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and the nutmeg to combine until no longer lumpy.
  • Remove the pan from the oven.
  • Carefully pour the batter into the skillet over the apples, swirling around the perimeter and ending in the center. According to Molly beginning on the sides and working inward gives the pancake better structure and will also ensure that the pancake “souffles” evenly.
  • Place pan back into the oven to bake for 18 to 20 minutes, or until the sides have risen and the edges are dark.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to settle for a minute or two.
  • Carefully invert on a plate.
  • Sprinkle with flaky salt and serve immediately.

**NOTE: Buttermilk can be made by using a combination of whole milk and vinegar.

NORWEGIAN MEATBALLS

NORWEGIAN MEATBALLS & LUTEFISK minus the LUTEFISK
I adapted this recipe from Molly Yeh

Lutefisk is one of those things that you either love or you hate it – there is no middle ground. It may be super common around where she lives during the holidays since so many families have Scandinavian heritage, but it won’t happen here LOL 🙂

Lutefisk consists of a dried white fish that is pickled in lye & it has a very strong smell and a gelatinous texture. She is ABSOLUTELY correct that it’s quite polarizing to a lot of people but to others, it’s very nostalgic and usually served with meatballs and lefse.

Molly used unsalted butter as did I the first time and we found it really lacking in salt so I switched to salted butter.

MEATBALLS
3 tablespoons butter
1 LARGE shallot, FINELY chopped 
1 LARGE bunch green onions, FINELY chopped
1 tablespoon FRESH chopped sage, about 6 leaves 
1 1/2 cups crustless white country bread cubes
1/4 cup WHOLE milk 
13 ounces 80/20 ground beef
13 ounces ground pork 
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped Italian parsley 
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 
1/4 teaspoon FRESH grated nutmeg 
1 LARGE egg, beaten 

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium low heat. I like my enameled cast iron sauce pan.
  • Add the shallots, onions and sage, stirring occasionally, cooking 15-18 minutes until a deep golden color.
  • Remove the pan clean with a paper towel, no need to wash.
  • While the onions cool, add the bread cubes to a large bowl.
  • Drizzle the milk over and toss to saturate it. Let sit 5 minutes or so until the bread is softened. Squeeze the bread through your fingers to make a paste.
  • Add the beef, pork, parsley, FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, egg, and cooled onions. Mix well with your hands.
  • Use a scoop or roll by hand 20-22 meatballs about 1 1/2 inches in diameter and rest on a baking sheet or large plate.
  • Melt 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat.
  • When the butter is melted, brown the meatballs all over, in batches, removing them to the plate or baking sheet as they brown, about 5-6 minutes per batch. Don’t worry if they aren’t cooked through at this point, they’ll cook more in the sauce.

SAUCE
3 + 1 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons FRESH chopped sage, about 4 leaves 
1/4 cup WONDRA flour 
3 cups beef stock 
1 tablespoon QUALITY Worcestershire sauce 
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste 
1/4 cup FULL FAT sour cream 
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped Italian parsley 
Prepared pasta, for serving (optional)
Mashed Potatoes, for serving (optional) 
Lefse, for serving (optional) 

  • Once all the meatballs are out of the pan, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and melt.
  • Add the sage and cook until sizzling, about 30 seconds.
  • Sprinkle in the flour and stir to make a paste. Cook toasting the flour, 1 to 2 minutes until golden.
  • Whisk in the beef stock and Worcestershire sauce until smooth.
  • Adjust the heat so the sauce is simmering and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Add the meatballs to the sauce and simmer 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Turn off the heat.
  • Scoot a few of the meatballs to the side to make a space in the pan and whisk in the sour cream until smooth.
  • Sprinkle with the parsley and serve over mashed potatoes or pasta if desired.

CHICKEN & WILD RICE ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #15

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Dear God, Thank You for the food You provide, for a loving family side by side, for a warm and cozy place to live, and all the blessings that You give. Amen.

This is one of those recipes that I believe has been floating around in every housewife’s recipe box for years and years, handed down through the generations – ESPECIALLY in the midwest. It also adapts to a slow cooker quite easily and I’ve provided those ingredients and directions below.

CHICKEN & WILD RICE ala Molly ala ANTIQUE RECIPE BOX find

3/4 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 carrots, FINELY chopped
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
1 LARGE onion, finely chopped
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken stock
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon FRESH rosemary, chopped
2 sleeves (2 cups) KEEBLER butter crackers, crushed
1 tablespoon avocado oil
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

  • Preheat the oven to 375°.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the wild rice, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover and cook until al dente, about 30 minutes.
  • Drain the rice and set it aside.
  • In a large pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add the carrots, celery, onion and a pinch of salt and cook until the vegetables are softened, 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Add a third of the stock mixture to the pot and cook until thickened slightly, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Stir in another third of the mixture and cook another minute or two.
  • Add the remaining third and cook until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. The soup should coat the back of a spoon.
  • Add the rosemary, black pepper and salt to taste.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning as desired.
  • Mix the butter crackers and olive oil in a bowl. Set aside.
  • In a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish, spread a third of the soup on the bottom of the dish.
  • Spread half of the rice on top of the soup and follow with half of the shredded chicken spread across the rice.
  • Repeat the layers, then top with the remaining third of the soup mixture.
  • Top with the butter cracker mixture.
  • Bake until bubbly, about 45 minutes.
  • If the cracker topping is getting too browned, cover with foil.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley.

SLOW COOKER INGREDIENTS & DIRECTIONS

2 cups uncooked wild rice
1/2 cup FINELY chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onions
8-12 ounces mushrooms
2 cups bite size chicken breast pieces
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

  • Wash and dry rice.
  • Combine all ingredients in the crock pot, mixing well.
  • Cover and cook on low 4-6 hours or until rice is tender.
  • Do NOT remove lid before 4 hours.

 

PEA & BACON SALAD with FRENCH DRESSING

PEA & BACON SALAD with FRENCH DRESSING adapted from Molly Yeh DRESSING
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup full-fat Greek yogurt
1/3 cup champagne vinegar 
1 cup FRESH sliced mushrooms (optional)
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard  (optional)
1 tablespoon sugar 
1 teaspoon paprika 
1/2 small onion, coarsely chopped 
FRESH gound sea salt

  • Blend together the ketchup, yogurt, vinegar, mustard, sugar, paprika, onion and salt to taste into a high-speed blender.
  • Puree until smooth.
  • Use immediately or transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

SALAD
4 slices bacon
6 ounces sugar snap peas, stringed and cut on the bias (about 3 cups) 
2 cups diced rotisserie chicken pieces (optional)
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
1 SMALL head butter lettuce, torn into bite sized pieces
2 cups bite size torn romaine lettuce pieces
1/4 cup FRESH chopped Italian parsley leaves
Wedge of Parmesan, for grating 

  • Put the bacon in a large cold skillet and cook over medium heat until crisp, 5-7 minutes.
  • Drain on a paper towel-lined plate, and set aside.
  • Add the peas to the bacon fat, then sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and cook over medium heat until they get a slight color, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside.

ASSEMBLY

  • Scatter the peas and herbs onto a bed of butter lettuce leaves.
  • Crumble the bacon and scatter over the pea layer.
  • Finish with a grating of Parmesan and a drizzle of dressing.
  • Serve with more dressing on the side.

NOTE: This salad is another “kitchen sink” salad that allows for substitutions, deletions or additions to clean out the crisper drawer or leftover chicken.

REFRIED BEAN BOWLS & HOMEMADE TORTILLAS

REFRIED BEAN & RICE BOWLS adapted from MOLLY YEH

1/2 pound ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 teaspoon chili powder
4 ounces canned diced green chiles
14-ounce cans seasoned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can white shoepeg corn, drained
2 limes, juiced
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper
3 cups cooked white rice
1 cup (4 ounces) grated white Cheddar or Cotija cheese
1/2 bunch green onions, trimmed and sliced
Salsa of choice
1 jalapeno, seeded and sliced
FRESH cilantro, for garnish

  • Cook ground beef in a large skillet over medium-low heat, rendering all of the fat until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Drain, reserving fat and set aside.
  • Increase the heat to medium and add the onions to rendered fat. Stir, then cook until soft, translucent and lightly brown, 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Add the chili powder and cook for another minute.
  • Stir in the green chiles and black beans.
  • Stir and continue cooking to heat through, 6 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat and mash with a fork, potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon. Or, for a smooth consistency, puree in a food processor, add 2 to 4 tablespoons water to the puree if it seems too dry.
  • Stir in corn and ground beef.
  • Stir in the juice of 1 lime and season with salt.
    To serve, fill one side of a serving bowl with refried beans. Fill the other side with cooked rice.
  • Garnish with cheese, salsa and scallions.
  • Scatter the jalapeno slices and cilantro on top.

HOMEMADE TORTILLAS adapted from Molly Yeh

2 cups (254 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup avocado oil

  • Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a medium bowl.
  • Add the oil and mix until coarse and mealy.
  • Stir in 3/4 cup water to form a dough.
  • Turn it out onto a surface and knead, adding more flour if needed, until a smooth, slightly sticky dough is formed, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Cover the dough with plastic wrap or a towel and let it rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat.
  • Divide the dough into 8 equal parts and roll them out on a lightly-floured surface until they’re really thin, keeping the remaining dough balls covered. I like a 1/16- or 1/8-inch thickness but wouldn’t turn down a 3/16-inch-thick one.
  • Cook them in the skillet on both sides until they’re just starting to show some brown spots, 45 seconds to 1 minute per side.
  • Keep warm in a towel until ready to serve.

SMASHED CUCUMBER SALAD

SMASHED CUCUMBER SALAD adapted from Molly Yeh

Evidently smashing cucumbers is quite common in Asia. Oddly it provides a deliciously rustic presentation and releases the excess moisture.

2 LARGE English cucumbers
2 LARGE green onions, sliced thin
FRESH ground sea salt and tri-color pepper
2 tablespoons Bragg’s liquid aminos
2-3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon crushed red chile flakes
Toasted sesame seeds and fresh cilantro, for garnish

  • Peel strips down each cucumber and cut off ends.
  • Place the cucumbers in a resealable plastic bag.
  • Seal and use the palm of your hand to lightly smash the cucumbers.
  • Take the cucumbers out of the bag and cut into 1-inch chunks.
  • Add to a bowl and season to taste with FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper.
  • Toss to coat.
  • Combine the liquid aminos, vinegar, sesame oil, sugar and chile flakes in a medium bowl.
  • Whisk well to dissolve the sugar. 
  • Add the cucumber chunks and green onions, toss to coat.
  • Garnish with the toasted sesame seeds and cilantro.

NOTE: The recipe does NOT call for tomatoes, but I had a few that I threw in for color 😀

MOLLY YEH SUGAR COOKIES & SEA SALT and VINEGAR POTATO CHIP and CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

I was recently watching food network and there was an episode of Molly Yeh’s Farm Girl on she made the most amazing sugar cookies – thick AND chewy! I’m usually not a fan of sugar cookies, but she made them look so delicious! As long as I was making cookies, I thought I’d also make this intriguing sounding recipe which is a short cut recipe, but honestly Molly’s recipe with no rest or refrigerator time is just as easy 😀 I’ll make Molly’s recipe again closer to Christmas with snowmen and other cutters.

SEA SALT and VINEGAR POTATO CHIP and CARAMEL CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES make 3-4 dozen cookies

1 pouch (17.5 ounce) Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix
1 LARGE egg
1 tablespoon water
1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 bag (8 ounces) Lay’s Kettle cooked Sea Salt and Vinegar potato Chips, crushed

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line baking sheet with silicone mat or parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine cookie mix with melt butter, water and egg until well mixed.
  • Add crushed potato chips, mixing well.
  • Drop by spoonfuls to baking sheets.
  • Arrange 2 or 3 chips on top of each cookie, gently pressing into the dough.
  • Bake 11-12 minutes until golden around the edges and centers are just set.
  • Let cool on baking sheet 2 minutes.
  • Transfer to wire rack and cool completely.

MOLLY YEH SUGAR COOKIES  makes 10-12 large cookies
COOKIES
1 3/4 cups (227 grams) all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2/3 cup (75 grams) almond flour
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles (cylinders)-(optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/3 cup (67 grams) granulated sugar
1/3 cup (40 grams) powdered sugar
Zest from 1 lemon
1 LARGE egg
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon PURE almond extract

  • Whisk together the all-purpose flour, almond flour, sprinkles (if using), baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Cream together the butter, granulated and powdered sugars and lemon zest in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and fluffy, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Add the egg and mix to combine, and then add the extracts and mix to combine.
  • Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture, mixing until blended.

 

  • At this point you can wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or up to 2 days, or you can get going on rolling out your dough and cutting out your cookies immediately.

 

  • If not refrigerating preheat oven to 350°.
  • Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone mats and set aside.
  • Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface to a little less than 1/2-inch-thick, dusting with more flour as needed to prevent it from sticking to the work surface or rolling pin.
  • Cut out the cookies using your favorite cutters, then use an offset spatula to transfer to a lined baking sheet, 1 inch apart.
  • Re-roll scraps and cut out more cookies.
  • Bake until the cookies are just thinking about starting to turn brown, beginning to check larger cookies for doneness at 12 minutes and smaller cookies at 10 minutes.
  • Let cool on the baking sheets for 5 minutes, then carefully transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

GLAZE
2 cups powdered sugar, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons light corn syrup, optional (see NOTES)
1/2 teaspoon PURE vanilla extract
Splash almond extract
Pinch kosher salt
4 to 6 tablespoons heavy cream
Sanding sugar, for sprinkling
food coloring, for the glaze

  • Mix together the powdered sugar, corn syrup (if using), vanilla, almond extract, salt and 4 tablespoons heavy cream in a medium bowl until smooth. It should be very thick but just thin enough that when you lift your spoon it falls off in smooth ribbons. If it’s too thick, stir in more cream little by little, and if it’s too thin, stir in a few more spoonfuls of powdered sugar until you get the right consistency.
  • Divide into however many separate colors you need and fill a piping bags fitted with an 1/8-inch round tip with three-quarters of the glaze and decorate.
  • Sprinkle with sanding sugar if desired.
  • Let set and enjoy!
  • These will keep at room temperature in an airtight container for a good few days, but you can also freeze them once the glaze is dry and they’ll stay fresher longer!

NOTES: The corn syrup will make the glaze glossy. If you want to omit it, just increase the heavy cream by 2 tablespoons.

CRUNCHY SNAP PEA POPCORN SALAD ala the MIDWEST & MOLLY YEH

On Molly Yeh’s show last week she had the most unusual salad that we just had to try. Now because of the quarantine and so many ingredients being unavailable I did have to make a substitution for the snap peas where I used FRESH green beans, but look forward to next time using snap peas. I also had some shredded rotisserie chicken pieces for some protein.  It was really yummy!

CRUNCHY SNAP PEA POPCORN SALAD
1/3 cup popcorn kernels
Vegetable oil, as needed for popping
White Cheddar popcorn seasoning, for the popcorn
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 shallot, thinly sliced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups sugar snap peas, strings removed, cut crosswise into thirds
1 cup shredded carrot
1 cup chopped celery plus 1/2 cup tender inner celery leaves
1 bunch watercress, trimmed and torn into bite-size pieces

  • Pop the popcorn in a popcorn popper according to the manufacturer’s instructions. You should have 12 cups.
  • While popcorn is still hot, sprinkle with the white Cheddar popcorn seasoning to taste and let cool completely.
  • Whisk the mayonnaise, sour cream, cider vinegar, sugar, and Dijon together in a large serving bowl. Stir in the shallot.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste, but remember the popcorn is already salty.
  • Add the snap peas, carrot and chopped celery and toss to coat.
  • Add the popcorn and toss to coat the kernels in the dressing.
  • Pile the watercress on top and sprinkle with the celery leaves.
  • Serve immediately.