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  • skillet cookie for two

    cast iron skillet cookie for two - chocolate chunks and peanut butter chips

    In the hours between lunch and dinner, I’ll sometimes get an itch for something sweet to eat. The only way to get rid of that itch, of course, is to scratch it. When I stumbled upon a recipe for a cast iron chocolate chip cookie from Portland Monthly, I saved it and tucked it away for a particularly itchy day. The original recipe calls for a 10 inch skillet, but it’s scaled down here for a 6.5 inch skillet. The result yields plenty cookie for two people. Maybe a little too much, but who’s complaining? When scaling down baking recipes I usually stop when I get to one egg, but a whole egg would be too much here and this recipe includes just one tablespoon of egg. Crack your egg, whisk it, measure out a tablespoon and save the rest for breakfast the next day. We’ve made this twice and it’s safe to say it will become a regular in our treat rotation when an afternoon pick-me-up is needed. Cory first made it with just chocolate chips, then I mixed things up with some chopped dark chocolate and peanut butter chips. Our little skillet was a gift from my mom and our go-to for frying eggs and toasting nuts, and now? Cookies. Thanks, mama!

    Skillet Cookie For Two
    Adapted from Portland Monthly

    1/3 cup and 1 tbsp flour
    1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    3 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
    2 tablespoons white sugar
    1 tablespoon egg, whisked (about 1/3 egg)
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1/3 cup dark chocolate chips (I used a mix of chopped chocolate and peanut butter chips)
    pinch of flaky sea salt, for garnishing

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk flour and baking soda, set aside.

    In another bowl, cream together room temperature butter and sugar until well combined. Add egg, salt, vanilla and mix until combined. Add the contents of the flour bowl to the wet ingredients until just incporated. Fold in the chocolate chips (and/or peanut butter chips).

    Flatten the dough into a lightly oiled 6.5 inch cast iron skillet. Bake for 13 minutes, or until the center is just set and comes out clean with a toothpick. If you want a crispy brown top, broil the cookie for about a minute. Check on it after 30 seconds, and let it broil for another 30 seconds if it hasn’t browned yet. Remove from oven and sprinkle some flaky salt over the cookie. Let cool for a few minutes, cut, and serve. Additionally, you can transfer it to a plate, then cut and serve.

    Makes 1 6.5-inch cookie

  • date balls & detroit eastern market

    I get cranky when I’m hungry. In an embarrassing “I’m a grown woman and I know I shouldn’t be acting like this” kind of way. I’m not proud of it and I try to prevent it. When friends invited us to Eastern Market in Detroit this weekend, I jumped on board and immediately shouted “YES, OF COURSE!” but I knew to pack a snack in case we had a late lunch (and we did! 3 PM, but it was soo worth it). I wanted to make a snack that was small, easy to transport, and that could be shared with my gluten intolerant friend.

    Date balls! They’re a simple no fuss sort of snack. No freezing, no baking, no complicated instructions. Just blend, roll into balls, and eat. Since they’re made with just nuts and dates, it’s not like you’re spoiling you’re next meal, right?

    With 4 date balls carefully stored away in my purse, off to Detroit we went!

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    Eastern Market is the largest historic public market in the country. Something I didn’t know before visiting, and once I got there I was completely overwhelmed. I anticipated doing all of our weekly produce shopping there, but I was so overwhelmed I ended up forgetting lots of staples. Oops. I also got distracted by all the beautiful dogs.

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    Look at that giant dog!

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    Lots of pretty flowers, too. But they’re not as good as dogs. Adopting a dog just isn’t something that’s going to happen for a very long time, so I tend to go a little overboard when I see any dog.


    Today’s lunch, made with lots of fresh bounty from Eastern Market. Pasta with pesto, cucumbers, and bell peppers. Toast with mayonnaise and pesto, chopped up radishes, scallions, pickled carrots, and tossed in pesto. Sauteed dandelion greens.

    Oh, right. Date balls! This is a very forgiving and customizable recipe.

    before after medjool date balls

    Have an assortment of different types of nuts in the pantry? Just throw a hodgepodge of them in the food processor. You don’t need 2 cups of a certain type of nut, just use what you have. Don’t have 2 cups of nuts? Use as much as you have and replace the rest with oats. Don’t have ground cardamom? Try cinnamon. Feel free to experiment with coconut flakes, vanilla extract, or unsweetened cocoa. Don’t have dates? Well, go get some! They’re date balls, after all. Let the dates act as a base for any ingredient in your pantry that you think sounds good for date balls.

    medjool date balls

    Date Balls

    2 cups nuts (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, cashews, macadamia nuts, sunflower seeds, whatever you have on hand. For this batch, I used 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup pistachios)
    2 cups medjool dates, pitted
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

    Add ingredients to food processor and blend for about a minute and test for stickiness. If the mixture sticks together when you pinch it, it’s ready. If not, blend for another 30 seconds. Take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture at a time, forming it into balls. Repeat until mixture is gone. Can be eaten right away or refrigerated.

    Makes about 20 date balls