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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.

Chewy Ginger Cookies - Meatballs&Milkshakes

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We have been having a long heat wave here in NY, and I can’t quite bring myself to heat up the kitchen again until it breaks. I’m thinking about some no-cook or quick-cooking meals, and of course, the first thing I think of is salad. I love a beautiful caprese salad with fresh tomatoes and basil. Mozzarella gives it a little substance, so you’re not left hungry.

Of course, gazpacho is a staple of no-cook menus, and I loved this one with watermelon. The shrimp skewers are optional, but if you would like to get outside and grill, go ahead. This would also make an excellent summer lunch with the caprese.

I’ve made this capellini with tomatoes and basil several times since I posted it. It’s light and refreshing, and best of all, it’s done basically in the time it takes to boil water.

If I really start wanting some protein, I might make this ginger glazed salmon. It takes a little longer to cook, but I can do the glaze in a wider pan cut the cooking time down to 15 minutes. Having people over? This looks elegant but it’s so quick.

I still have a little of this blueberry frozen yogurt left in the freezer, and I think I’m going to have to finish it up this weekend. Nothing is better to cool down than some frozen treats.

Unless it’s white wine sangria. This is staple at my apartment all summer. Actually, all year round but in the summer it’s extra perfect.

And if I make it outside to grill this weekend? I think it’s going to be lamb burgers as a change from regular burgers. The cool yogurt and mint sauce helps in the heat too.

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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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For years now, I have been listening to an old coworker talk about his love of sesame noodles. It really was more like an obsession. After making them this week, I’ve started to understand. While this version is probably a lighter, healthier, and less traditional version, I think he would be more than happy to have some. Paired with some delicious Asian-inspired chicken meatballs, you can’t go wrong. Break out the chopsticks!

Sesame Noodles

1/2 box of whole wheat spaghetti

1 shallot, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 scallion, chopped with extra for garnish

1/4 cup peanut butter

4 tablespoons sesame oil

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1  tablespoon mirin

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon Teriyaki sauce

1/4 cup sake, rice wine, or apple cider (non-traditional I know, but it was what I had in the fridge)

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon sesame seeds for garnish

Cook the pasta according to package instructions in salted water. Meanwhile, saute the shallot, garlic, and scallion in half the sesame oil until softened. Add the peanut butter, fish sauce, mirin, vinegar, Teriyaki sauce, and sake/cider. Stir to combine and let cook with about 1/2 cup of pasta water for 5 minutes.

Off the heat, add the pasta along with the rest of the sesame oil and the lemon. Serve warm or at room temperature, garnished with sesame seeds and scallions.

When making meatballs, the MOST important part is making sure you use enough breadcrumbs. No one likes rock hard meatballs, which comes from only using meat. If you can’t make your own (and it’s REALLY worth it, trust me), at least use some packaged breadcrumbs and soak them in a little milk. Ok. I’m done with the caps lock.

Chicken Meatballs

1 pound ground chicken

1 scallion, minced

1 garlic clove, minced

1 cup fresh breadcrumbs, not ground too finely

1 egg

1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons mirin

1 teaspoon plus 3 tablespoons teriyaki sauce

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon fish sauce

1/2 cup dried breadcrumbs if needed

2 tablespoons sesame oil

Combine the chicken, egg, breadcrumbs, scallion, garlic, half the ginger, and teaspoons of mirin and teriyaki sauce in a large bowl. Add dry breadcrumbs if it seems too wet to stay in loose balls. Roll into tablespoon-sized balls and saute in the sesame oil until they brown on all sides. Remove to a baking dish.

Add the remaining ginger, mirin, teriyaki, vinegar, and fish sauce to the pan and stir together. Pour over the meatballs and bake in the oven at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes or until the meatballs are cooked through.

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Last year we tried Urban Organics, who brought us a box of produce every week. I had no idea how many beets we would end up getting, and I kept trying to come up with new things to do with them (and the beet greens). It seemed there’s a dearth of good vegetables in winter, so it’s a good thing I’ve learned to like beets. This year, I found a beet soup on the Bon Appetit Cleanse and I had to try it. I have to admit, the original recipe tasted…well…healthy. So I’ve doctored it up a bit and I think this might be the still healthy but tasty version.

Beet Soup with Caramelized Onions

6-8 beets roasted in foil for an hour at 375 degrees and skinned, or pre-cooked

1 onion, chopped

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon chopped thyme

1 cup red wine

2 cups vegetable stock

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder

1/4 cup plain yogurt

Saute the onion in the butter and olive oil until it softens. Add the thyme and continue to cook until they start to caramelize and brown. Deglaze the pan with the wine and add the beets. Cook for a few minutes. Add the stock, ginger, and five-spice powder. Cook for another 10 minutes and then let cool a little. Blend with an immersion blender or in a regular blender (carefully). Add the yogurt and stir through. Reheat if necessary. Garnish with some extra yogurt and scallion slices.

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After more than a week of eating healthy, this soup tasted so great with just a little ground lamb. I’ve started craving carbs, but not meat– until I started smelling this meat cooking. Because it had been a while, the soup was even more satisfying. I don’t cook a lot with all these spices, so it was nice to have an excuse to try them out. They make it a warm and hearty soup, almost a stew. It definitely inspired me to cook more Moroccan food, especially with some Israeli couscous once I’m back on carbs! If you don’t like cilantro, you could definitely substitute parsley.

Moroccan Lamb Soup

1/2 pound ground lamb

1/2 teaspoon chili flakes

1 cinnamon stick

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 large onion, chopped

3-4 slices ginger

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 cup French lentils

1/2 cup chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish

1 cup cherry tomatoes

1 can chickpeas, drained well

5 cups water

1 lemon, zested and juiced

Roast the cherry tomatoes at 350 degrees for 1/2 hour with a little olive oil and salt and pepper. Meanwhile, start browning the meat in a large pot or dutch oven. Once browned, stir in the cinnamon stick, red pepper flakes, and cumin. Add the onion and ginger and stir through. Add in the tomato paste and season with salt. Add the lentils and the cilantro. Add the water and deglaze the pan by scraping up all the bits on the bottom. Cook for 20 minutes. Add the roasted tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer for another 10 minutes. Add the lemon juice and zest and season to taste. Serve with some cilantro on top if you wish.

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Spice cookies always say the holidays to me, so of course I had to make some this week. As I watch the Nutcracker on TV and smell the cookies baking, I’m feeling particularly festive. For these cookies, I tend to substitute spices with what I have available so feel free to use something different.

Spice Cookies

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

a pinch of ground pepper

1 stick butter

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 tablepoons granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

turbinado sugar for sprinkling

In a bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add in the egg yolk and combine. Add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined. The dough will be crumbly, so dump it onto a piece of plastic wrap, form into a log, and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Slice into 1/2 inch thick slices and place on cookie sheet a couple inches apart. They don’t spread too much, but you want to leave enough room. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes rotating pans halfway through. Let cool on a cooling rack and enjoy.

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