Chocolate chips and chocolate

One of my boyfriend’s favorite cookies is the chocolate chip. I feel like I am always scouring recipes to find the ultimate chocolate chip recipe. I was shopping at Whole Foods when I saw the Ghirardelli chocolate chips. Now I grew up making brownies from the Ghirardelli brownie mix that my mom used to buy at Costco, and those were absolutely amazing. So long story short, on the back of the Ghirardelli chocolate chips is their cookie recipe. I decided why not try it out, and turns out it was one of the best cookies my boyfriend thinks I have made thus far. Recipe here.           Also, one of the best buys I have made in the realm of food are Peanut Butter Bites from Crate and Barrel. Link here. These chocolates are amazing, dark chocolate and covered in sea salt. Pretty much all I could ever want from a chocolate because it has all of my favorite things. This is a great hostess gift to give for the holidays.      

Gruyere Bacon Mac and Cheese

Continuing on with the comfort food theme┬áthat I touched upon last week with cookies, I decided this week since it was pretty chilly to make one of the most beloved comfort foods: mac and cheese. I looked around a bit to try to find a recipe that was a little less traditional, to elevate the flavors to a new level. This week I made Gruyere Bacon Mac and Cheese. I chose this recipe from Damn Delicious blog, recipe here. Now I wanted a thicker sauce for the mac and cheese, so I started a roux before adding in the heavy cream part of this recipe. If you do not know how to make a roux, this is a great guide: how to make a roux If you like a less creamy sauce then I would follow the original recipe step by step. This was the perfect meal for a cold November night and the best part is this mac and cheese has bacon, and everything is better with bacon ­čÖé                      

Snickerdoodles with Spice and Everything Nice

As we are now a little over a month into the fall season, I am all about trying to make comfort food recipes. To me, one of the best sweet comfort foods is a cookie. As I am trying to make a new recipe every week to challenge my cooking skills, I made the very popular snickerdoodle cookie. I got the recipe from the blog Averie Cooks, which by the way is an awesome blog with a lot of recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.┬á┬áSuper easy recipe to make, I would say this is probably the easiest cookie recipe I have made other than the traditional chocolate chip cookie. The secret ingredient in this is cream of tartar, something I never would have guessed you used in these cookies. This is a great snickerdoodle cookie recipe, I highly recommend it. Recipe here      

Apples to Apples

The quintessential fall activity in my mind is apple picking. I didn’t get into this until moving up to New England, but now it is a must for every fall. The one bad thing is that you either get a relatively small bag (think this is what little children can carry around) or an extremely large bag. So that usually leaves me with a lot of apples. This year I wanted to try something different, so I made applesauce. One mistake I did make though was not peeling all of the apples beforehand. So word to the wise, peel the apples or it will create a less smooth applesauce. Hope you all are enjoying fall and are creating some wonderful fall recipes of your own. I will post a few more apple recipes and my attempts to make them before the end of the fall. If you want to check out an awesome orchard, you should go to Honey Pot Hill Orchard in Stow, MA.