Finding your “Go-To” Recipe

When you’re the official baker in your house, like I am, there are usually a couple of recipes that are requested time and time again. For me, that’s chocolate chip cookies.

I’m very particular about chocolate chip cookies–they have to be very chocolatey and must stay chewy even after they cool. (Although I’ve been known to break my rules when I get a request for crispy chocolate chip cookies now and again.)

After trying what seems like hundreds of recipes and different techniques, I’ve finally found one that works every time. And the best part about finding your perfect recipe, is that after perfecting it, you can get creative and add different ingredients–white chips, nuts, berries, and my favorite alteration: M&Ms.

M&M Cookies

The best part about chocolate chip cookies is how versatile they are, there’s no wrong way to make them. So go ahead and bake some, your “go-to” recipe is out there somewhere, I promise.

P.S. Here are two of my favorite recipes: Alton Brown’s The Chewy Recipe and How Sweet it Is rainbow cookies (which are the ones I made in the pictures above.) Give them a try and tell me what you think..

Literally Cool Ice Cream

IMG_5658Clearly my obsession with dessert knows no bounds, and ice cream has to be at the top of my list of favorite sweet treats. You can never go wrong with a classic vanilla sundae with hot fudge, and a scoop of ice cream is always the perfect partner for cakes, pies, and cookies. That’s why I was so excited to try this place called Chill’N Ice Cream in Pinecrest. They’re serving ice cream in a super cool way–they freeze it with nitrogen gas.

True to their theme, the whole place is decorated like a science lab; a periodic table of elements is really the menu, and your flavor combinations are written up in your cup like scientific formulas.

The “Periodic Menu” helps you build your ice cream

Here’s where the magic happens

The process is simple, you choose your base (ice cream or yogurt), choose your flavor, and then your toppings. They mix it all right in front of you is these professionla looking stand mixers and then they blast it with nitrogen gas, which freezes the mix instantly. Not only is it super cool, but they ice cream is perfection. It’s thick and creamy, the texture is of ice cream, not soft froyo.

Dulce de Leche ice cream with Fresh Berries

What I love most about it, is that you can actually see how they flavor the ice cream, I ordered Dulce de Leche flavor and they actually added a generous scoop of dulce de leche spread to the ice cream base. And if you’re a Nutella fan then you definitely want to go just for that, they have industrial size pots of Nutella right behind the counter, and they don’t cheapen out.

I highly recommend this place for a great treat and a way to see something new and fun. I’m definitely going back to try more flavors soon…