Trying new recipes

1) Lemon brownies. I intended to make these last week and take them to work to share with a co-worker who gave up chocolate for Lent, but unfortunately I was way too busy to do much cooking. I did take the green velvet brownies to work on Monday, but they had chocolate in them so not everyone could partake. Sorry about that Marie! Anyway, I had a little free time yesterday while Dan was working on his electric guitar so I whipped up a batch of lemon brownies. (I’m not sure “brownie” is the right way to characterize these bars because they aren’t chocolate, but I can’t think of anything better right now.) I’ll write a whole post about these bars later, but for now I’ll just say they are really tasty. If you like lemon, these are the “brownies” for you.

2) Cashew chicken. Dan had to go to work today, but we talked about dinner options before he left. After going back and forth with a couple of suggestions from each of us, Dan mentioned that he would like something paired with rice. A reasonable suggestion, but most of my stir fry attempts in the past have been less than stellar. However, a while back I pinned a seemingly suitable recipe on Pinterest so today was the perfect time to give it a try. After braving the rain to get some chicken and cashews at the grocery store, I made this dish paired with some brown rice for dinner. Dan absolutely loved it and I liked it as well, but the sauce was a tad too spicy for my tastes. I think I’ll try leaving out the cayenne pepper next time, but otherwise this recipe is a definite keeper.

3) Giant chocolate chip cookies. The last time I tried making one of these the dough spread out way too much, leading to a big, flat cookie with burnt edges. Not good. So when I saw this slightly modified recipe I had to give it a try to see if I could improve the results. Unfortunately this one wasn’t quite right either. The dough didn’t spread out very much, which was good, but then the middle of the cookie didn’t get quite done before the edges were almost burned. And I even baked my cookie almost 33% longer than the prescribed 15 minutes. Perhaps I should have spread out the dough a little before I put it in the oven. Anyway, while this giant chocolate chip cookie turned out better than my previous attempts, I won’t be making it again. It was just average, and I’ve made too many amazing chocolate chip cookie recipes this year to use one that isn’t up to par.