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Dense Chocolate Cake - Meatballs&Milkshakes

As soon as I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it out. It’s a dense chocolate loaf cake that I like best warmed with some vanilla ice cream although it’s also great as a breakfast treat. This cake is definitely worth a try, and it’s really quick and easy to make. It’s an adapted version of Nigella Lawson’s Dense Chocolate Cake from How to Be A Domestic Goddess.

Nigella’s Chocolate Cake

2 sticks butter

1 1/2 cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted

1 1/3 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 cup boiling water

Cream together the butter and sugar until light in color. Add the eggs one at a time as well as the vanilla. Add the melted chocolate slowly, and make sure everything is well incorporated. Combine the flour and baking powder in a separate bowl. Slowly alternating with the water, add the dry ingredients in fifths. Once everything is incorporated, pour into a 9×5 loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Make sure to leave an inch at the top. Extra batter can be used for cupcakes.

Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes and then reduce the temperature to 325 degrees for another 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely before removing and serving.

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Chewy Ginger Cookies - Meatballs&Milkshakes

These chewy ginger cookies are really gingery from three kinds of ginger, and you can make them crispy if you bake them longer. They are also apparently great with peanut butter slathered between to make a cookie sandwich. It’s not the holidays until we have some spice cookies around the house.

Chewy Ginger Cookies

2 1/4 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup vegetable shortening

1 stick butter

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup finely chopped crystalized ginger or chocolate covered crystalized ginger

1/2 cup raw sugar

Whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, and salt. In a bowl of a mixer, whip together the butter, shortening, and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Reduce speed and add egg, molasses, vanilla, and grated ginger. Add flour mixture slowly, and beat until just combined. With the mixer off, stir in the crystalized ginger.

Roll into 1-1 1/2 inch balls and place on parchment covered baking sheets about 1 inch apart. Flatten a little and sprinkle the top with raw sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes until they start to crisp on the edges but are still soft in the center.

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This is another updated post, I thought it was time to give one of my favorite breakfast treats some better pictures. I love zucchini bread, and it’s always my go-to breakfast to bring on the road. We are off to the beach for a week and I’m bringing this loaf to munch on for breakfast.

Zucchini Bread

1 cup flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

1.5 tablespoons cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

3 eggs

1 cup vegetable oil (or 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/2 cup apple sauce)

1.5 cups dark brown sugar

2 cups grated zucchini

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour two loaf pans.

Combine the dry ingredients (first 7 ingredients) in a bowl and whisk to combine. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs.

Whisk in oil and sugar and then add the zucchini and the vanilla extract. Add in the dry ingredients in two parts, and just stir to combine.

Divide the batter into the two loaf pans and bake for about 60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for a few minutes before removing.

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The best part about this cake is that it’s incredibly easy and done in half an hour. It’s part clafouti (which is a french pancake-like tart), part cake, and you can make it with any kind of fruit. I think next time I would cut the fruit smaller and try to squeeze in more, but it was an excellent quick dessert.

Plum Skillet Cake

1 pint small plums, halved

1 1/2 cups flour

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 stick butter

2/3 cup milk

zest of 1 orange

2 eggs

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons sugar

Stir flour, brown sugar, baking powder, and salt together. Brown butter in a skillet for a couple minutes, until it smells nutty. Remove to a bowl and combine with the orange zest, milk, eggs, and vanilla. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine.

If you’re using a non-stick skillet, the residual butter left in the pan should be enough. If you are using a cast-iron skillet, grease the pan with a little more butter. Pour the batter into the skillet and arrange the plums in a layer on top, pushing in a little. Sprinkle with the sugar. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 until it starts to brown a little and a tester comes out clean.

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¬†These are quite the decadent treat, combining chewy brownies with gooey s’mores. It’s definitely a little bit of a sugar overload, but fresh from the oven they are amazing and rich. The brownie batter is one of the easiest to make, and would be great by itself– just bake a little less to keep them nice and moist.

S’mores Brownies

2 sticks butter

10 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate

1 cup sugar

3/4 cups light brown sugar

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups flour

3 tablespoons cocoa powder (unsweetened)

2 cups mini marshmallows

6 graham crackers, broken up

1 12-ounce milk chocolate bar, broken into pieces

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9 x 13 pan with parchment paper.

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter, stirring regularly. Remove from the heat and add in the sugars. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, combining well. Add the vanilla and the salt.

Add the flour and cocoa and stir until just combined. Pour into the pan and level the top. Bake for 25 minutes and then sprinkle the marshmallows, chocolate pieces, and graham cracker pieces over the top. Bake for an additional 5 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool completely and then remove from pan with parchment paper. Cut into squares with a knife dipped into hot water (to make cleaner cuts).

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I found it surprisingly hard to take pictures of BBQ chicken. For some reason, chicken just doesn’t seem that photogenic. Plus, it took a lot of willpower to keep myself from eating it immediately. If you’ve never made your own BBQ sauce, you should try it next weekend. It’s so much better than bottled, and pretty satisfying to know you made it yourself. I did make a large batch, and I’m hoping between the sugar and vinegar, it will keep in the fridge for a bit.

BBQ Sauce

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 onion, minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

4 plum tomatoes, seeded

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

3 tablespoons Worchestershire sauce

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons molasses

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cayenne

1 tablespoon aleppo pepper powder

1 tablespoon ancho chili powder

1  tablespoon paprika

Saute the onion and garlic in the vegetable oil until softened. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes longer. Let cool a bit and then puree in a food processor.

BBQ Chicken

1 chicken, cut into parts or use your favorite cuts

1 cup BBQ sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil

salt and pepper

Make sure your chicken is dry when you start. You don’t need to wash chicken, it just spreads any potential bacteria around your sink. Dry off your chicken with a paper towel and rub all sides with olive oil or vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper on both sides and place onto a hot grill or grill pan. (I now use a cast iron grill pan and it’s fantastic.) Let it develop nice color before you flip.

Brush with some BBQ sauce on both sides after you have grill marks. Continue brushing with sauce until the chicken is cooked through. Be careful not to overcook, use a meat thermometer if you’re not sure. Serve with some extra sauce on the side (not from the same container you were basting your chicken with…you don’t want to contaminate it.)

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I think this may be my favorite salmon recipe. It’s certainly one of the most memorable ones, and I’m already craving it again. The ginger and sweet glaze is such a perfect complement to the salmon, and it’s surprisingly easy. Roasting it at a low temperature keeps the fat from rendering out of the fish, so the fish stays moist and succulent.

The one thing I will stress though, is get the best fish you can find. That goes for all fish. You will notice the difference if you go out of your way to find a fishmonger. I will always choose a cheaper variety of fish from a reputable fish store over a more luxurious fish from a grocery store. In a recipe like this, where I recommend cooking the fish to medium rare, it makes a big difference.

Ginger Glazed Salmon

1 pound salmon (preferably wild, but whatever looks freshest)

4″ piece of ginger, grated

1 garlic clove, grated

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup red wine

1/4 cup mirin

2 tablespoons brown sugar

juice of 1/2 lime

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 scallion, sliced for garnish

Combine the soy sauce, red wine, mirin, brown sugar, garlic and 3/4 of the ginger in a sauce pan. Cook for 10 minutes, until it reduces by half. Remove from heat and add the remaining ginger and the lime juice. Let cool.

Rub the bottom of a baking dish with the olive oil and place the salmon in it, skin side down. Spoon a tablespoon of the glaze over the fish and wait 5 minutes. Spoon another tablespoon of the glaze over the fish.

Bake for 10 minutes at 250 degrees. Spoon another tablespoon of glaze over the fish and return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Continue to do this until the fish is cooked to medium rare (gives a little more resistance when you push it). Garnish with the scallion and serve.

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