For mothers day I had planned to make my mom this extravagant and well thought out tasting menu that I had set up for her. The only downside was that I was neglecting the fact that prom weekend was placed right over mothers day (thanks guys). If you know anything about prom weekend, it’s practically impossible to get anything done that isn’t related to Prom. On the bright side I did ask my girlfriend to prom with my chewy dark chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt, which of course she said yes to. You can’t really say no to cookies.
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I have had a problem lately. An obsession really. Cookies; I try to stop thinking about them but then they just keep coming back to me, calling my name. Maybe it’s all of the planning and work on my cookbook getting to me but even so, this is a really unusual thing for me. I don’t typically dive into the sweets or really think about them that often because I’m more of a savory guy. Even if I do get the hankering for something sweet I’m usually just fine with something as small and simple as a spoon full of coconut butter.
With that said, I also endorse listening to your body. In this case, my body wanted cookies, therefore I listened. That’s as scientific as I need to get about that because you just don’t question cookies. Actually this might be very bad advice for some people.
So may or may not have seen my posts on my social media then I’ve got something super exciting to share with you guys. So excited I had to make a post out of it to capture the moment. I also decided to share a recipe from the book at the bottom of this post just in time for last minute Valentines Day Baking. Anyway, my cookbook The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook arrived at my doorstep on Wednesday afternoon. I wasn’t having the best morning that day but then received the email from my publisher saying that it would be there that day in the middle of class. At that point literally nothing could have ruined my day.
Literally nothing actually, I even got rear ended at a stop sign on the way back home from Cross Fit but I was unaffected to full of excitement to be upset. I simply took the guys info down, and rushed home to eat and look at my finished baby. Because yes, it’s absolutely like a baby to me.
At my local CrossFit gym I pulled my bar off the rack preparing for my next rep sequence of jerks until I hear Chris; one of the trainers, call my name from the distance. Thinking it was urgent I re-racked the bar and turned around and he immediately says “have you ever tried dark chocolate with sea salt?”. The cool thing is that he is totally into the healthy eating and Paleo scene but I was slightly stunned by the question because I’m all about chocolate with crunchy sea salt on top, but he didn’t know that so I’ll let him off this time.
There comes a time when you buy bananas and then leave them to sit in the fruit basket until you notice that the object that was once yellow is now a heavily spotted mess. For me, this is an every time event. It can be quite the predicament at first thought because I don’t really know anyone that could eat a banana that utterly goopy and enjoy it. You would have to pretend that it’s just an incredibly sweet and banana-ey tasting plate of cauliflower mash.
Ah the combination of cinnamon and buttery goodness. Cinnamon is so perfect on just about any baked good, but something about a snickerdoodle makes it significantly better. Back in the days where I had regular snickerdoodles I always recalled them to have a specific buttery and slightly salty richness to intertwine with the sweet and fragrant cinnamon. They had a texture that wasnt crumbly but soft and slightly chewy.
Sadly I don’t have a story about how I loved the classic poppy seed lemon cake because believe it or not I actually have never had it before. But I do like lemon desserts a lot. They’re incredibly irresistible because of that subtle zing at the end of the sweetness that kind of peeks your interests enough to make you want go back for another bite. A tart and tangy zap to the tongue that starts an electric charge on desire for more. Kind of strange how that slight sourness makes you want to go back for another. The salivation starts and so begins the cycle of going back for the rest of that tart little muffin.
For those of you who go to Starbucks or went to Starbucks probably know about their little devils known as Petite Vanilla Bean Scones. Yeah well I’m ashamed to admit it, but I loved those things. I used to eat those like mad and pretty often. Sadly they aren’t made with the best ingredients in the world and aren’t the healthiest but what if they were. Now that was something I had to investigate, I mean come on, how could you not take a look at one of those bad boys and want one. I rarely get cravings, but when I started thinking about these I could smell them already.
Chocolate in any form is pretty much always wonderful. Which is exactly why the simple brownie is so popular. I really love brownies, and the cool thing about them is that you can make them any way you really want to. There aren’t exactly any set specific ingredients accept for the use of chocolate or cocoa powder. While I enjoy a pan of brownies cut into squares I feel that making smaller bite size ones are a little bit more fun and easier to store. With brownie bites you can kind of just get the satisfaction of the brownie and easily grab it out of the fridge. It also keeps it from being an overwhelmingly large dessert and it doesn’t end up making you feel gross afterwards and more towards the satisfied side. It actually makes a pretty great snack as well.
One thing I have always looked forward to on Christmas when I was really little was the Christmas thumbprint cookies from the family cookbook. My grandma Jessie would make them and send them to me express shipping so I got them right on Christmas day even though we lived far. They would only be in transit for about a day so they were quite fresh, and the second you open the box you’re just overwhelmed with the scent of buttery, crumbly goodness. The distinct scent note that I really notice is the warm smell of velvety butter radiating off of the cookie, and then that hint of sweetness from the crumbly shortbread and then finished with the smell of toasted pecans that wrapped this beautiful cookie.