Monday, November 16, 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I love,love Chocolate Chip Cookies. But I have to admit--I have never been very good at making them. They always turn out too thin or something.

But our sweet babysitter and friend Anna makes them perfectly! The only change from Tollhouse is that she uses some wheat flour instead of all white flour--and now I can do it!

They turn out PERFECT everytime!!!

Anna's Chocolate Chip Cookies

3/4 C. White Sugar

3/4 C. Brown Sugar
1 Stick butter (Melted)
2 Eggs
1 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla
21/4 C. Flour (I always use 1/2 C. whole wheat four and 1 3/4 C. white four)
1 bag chocolate chips

Mix all the wet ingredients together first, then mix in the dry ingredients. Enjoy!
( Mix in the chocolate chips before all of the four is mixed in)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Homemade Salsa

From the kitchen of Jennifer: (Click on link to check out her awesome blog--and for more recipes, decorating tips, and much encouragement from an awesome lady of God!
Salsa Time

* 1 small onion

* 1 or 2 cloves garlic

* 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (OR MORE - I use MORE)

* 1 jalapeno chili pepper, chopped roughly (or a seeded Serrano pepper)

* zest of 1 lime(optional)

* juice of 1 lime (or just a squeeze :)

* 1 28 oz. can whole tomatoes

* 1 dash hot sauce or 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional - I don't use this)

* 1 tsp. kosher salt or sea salt

* 1/2 tsp. freshly-ground black pepper


Peel and slice onion in quarters. Place in the work bowl of a food processor, fitted with a metal blade. Add the garlic cloves. Pulse four to five times, until onion is diced. Be careful not to over-process, or the salsa will end up mushy. Add the cilantro, chili pepper (with or without seeds), lime zest, lime juice, tomatoes and hot sauce. Pulse until the salsa reaches the consistency of a thick puree. Be sure to leave in some chunks, too. It makes it look more homemade. Taste and season with salt and pepper.