July 4th BBQ (city-style)

Happy (belated) 4th of July!

In honor of America’s Independence Day, we had a oven-prepared bbq, complete with bbq wings, ribs, potato salad, and garlic bread. What’s an oven-prepared bbq? Quite simply, all the usual bbq foods but cooked in an oven instead of on the grill.

These are the #firstworldproblems of living in a condo with no constructed backyard grill space. We have the roof, a terrace, and a backyard but none of which are set up for a grill. But my fantastic mama still managed to cook all our favorites:

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What was my contribution? These Captain America shield cookies! I know they aren’t too pretty but mama says at least I tried. There were a couple of problems I ran into. 1. I didn’t have a mini star cookie cutter so I had to make one by hand. 2. I ran out of dough 3. They take forever to chill and turn soft really quickly.

I had make the stars by hand because I didn’t have a mini star cookie cutter, so they’re a bit misshapen. (Sorry Captain America!)

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I baked my cookies for 10 minutes at 375 F because my oven seems to bake at a lower temperature. Next time I might even bake for as long as 12-13 minutes because they seemed a bit too underbaked.

The recipe is adapted from the Red, White, and Blue Pinwheel Icebox Cookies on Just A Taste. I followed Rosie’s Dessert Spot video tutorial on how to make the Captain America Shield Cookies on how to create the shield design.

I hope you enjoy making them as much as I did.

Happy 4th of July! Set those fireworks blazing!

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’m always on the lookout for recipes considered “Best Ever [insert food]”. What makes one Best Ever Recipe better than another? And then what happens when you make a newer one that tastes even more heavenly? Something that is the “Best Ever” is also based on taste and preference. So today, I’ve decided to share my attempt on Jacques Torres’ Chocolate Chip Cookies, and let you decide if it’s a Best Ever (or at least top 5? )

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This chocolate chip cookie recipe is adapted from Jacques Torres, the Chocolate Man himself. Having read many other blog posts on recreating the cookie, and even appearing in the New York Times and Martha Stewart, I knew these would be the ultimate chocolate chip cookie. I decided to make these for Father’s Day because (1) my dad deserves the best and (2) these required less work than baking a cake. Continue reading

Kitchen Sink Cookies

These fun cookies are a mishmash of everything in my kitchen.

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The perfect cookie.

What is it?

Crispy. Chewy. Soft. There’s a “perfect” cookie for everyone.

Cookies are a baker’s first kitchen experiment. They seem so simple: flour, eggs, sugar, and butter all mixed up into a thick dough that’s irresistible and good enough to eat raw. But these evil little goodies can be so temperamental! Underbaked. Overbaked. Uber-Sweet. Deformed. I can relate to all these little failures.

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