Grilled Halibut with Black Garlic and White Wine

Keeping it simple today for one of our family’s favorite proteins: halibut! It was on sale, fresh, and wild so I picked some up to grill. I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I decided to have some fun and mix and match. I did use some flavor ideas from The Flavor Bible which is a great resource. The fish turned out perfectly and even if I don’t have black garlic, I will make it again.

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Classic Chocolate Cake with Caramel and Fudge (Chocolate Millionaire’s Cake)

I started to make this cake just as chocolate with chocolate, but then the recipe mentioned caramel and chocolate drizzle. It was 8 am and I had already been up for hours but decided to go for it. I’m glad I did! It ended up a lot like this cake I had made for my birthday awhile ago. But, it was basically the easier and better version. I had no issues with the caramel’s consistency for using it inside the cake. I didn’t quite follow the full recipe, but it was still good as is.

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Mixed Bag Mondays: Unnecessary

It’s been a couple months, so it is time to share some more recipes that were just “eh.” Happily, like last time, these are mostly okay and we even enjoyed them but I doubt I would make them again for reasons I will share below.

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Friday Favorites 30

It has been a rough week plus here. I’m hoping by the time that this posts everything is back to normal. For now, though, I am still in the middle of it. We started the week with bad sleep, lots of bad behavior, and a fever that turned out to be nothing. Then the week ended with a virus for half of the family…did I mention this was with Easter? Sigh. And then just as that half of the family got better, another family member started with a different virus. Here I am worried and wondering when it will hit me. I mean, I can’t possibly dodge all of this, can I? I really hate seeing my boys sick and so sad. But let’s try to remember the happier moments with some pictures to transition back to our usual Friday Favorites content:

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Chick Cookies (Lemon Crinkle Cookies)

Many months ago, the Fudgelet spotted this recipe when reading through a cookbook. He wanted to make it when it was Easter time, so I saved it and pulled it out again just a few days before the holiday. He was very excited and happy that I had remembered, and I was very excited and happy that he helped me make them! Not so long ago he couldn’t roll a ball of dough, but he started doing it some with Play-Doh so I knew he could do these.

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Copycat Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (from Stella Parks)

Another chocolate chip cookie recipe? Yes. I have never tried the Tate’s cookies even though I have seen them at stores because it didn’t sound like something I would like. Crispy cookies when I could have soft and chewy? No thanks. But then Stella described the difference between crispy and crunchy cookies, and that brought me on-board to try this recipe.

 

There is a cookie back home that reminds me a bit of these, and these were so easy to make. Plus, you can freeze some to bake later (a large batch of 60ish cookies!). Aaaand they stay just as good days later as the day you make them, which doesn’t happen with most cookies. Does it happen with any other cookies, actually?

Directions for Copycat Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

Slightly adapted from Serious Eats

  • 225 g all-purpose flour
  • 225 g light brown sugar
  • 100 g Turbinado sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 sticks (16 Tablespoons) butter, cold and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips (a mix of milk/semi-sweet/dark but no darker than 70%)
  • 1 egg, cold and beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, take the Turbinado sugar and grind it up for about a minute to make it more finely ground.

Then add the flour, light brown sugar, salt, and baking soda. Pulse until well-combined.

Add the butter and pulse to form a powdery mix.

Next add the chocolate chips and pulse once or twice to combine. Refrigerate the mixture up to one week in an airtight container or use immediately.

Transfer to a large bowl and add the egg and vanilla.

Stir it as best as you can, but it will still be quite dry. Then, once you can no longer see the wet ingredients and they are absorbed, begin kneading the mixture by hand like a bread or pasta dough.

Scoop the cookies with a Tablespoon-sized scoop. If you want, refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 3 months in a zippered bag, softening to about 68 degrees F before baking. Otherwise, bake on a parchment-lined pan, about 2-3 inches apart.

Bake until thin and golden brown with an even color over the whole cookie, about 15 minutes.

 

Cool the cookies on the baking sheet until room temperature. Transfer the cookies to an airtight container and let them cool for another hour to fully crisp the cookies. At this point, you can keep the cookies for at least 6 weeks in an airtight container.

Directions for Copycat Tate’s Chocolate Chip Cookies (without pictures)

Slightly adapted from Serious Eats

  • 225 g all-purpose flour
  • 225 g light brown sugar
  • 100 g Turbinado sugar
  • 1.5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 sticks (16 Tablespoons) butter, cold and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 8 ounces chocolate chips (a mix of milk/semi-sweet/dark but no darker than 70%)
  • 1 egg, cold and beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, take the Turbinado sugar and grind it up for about a minute to make it more finely ground. Then add the flour, light brown sugar, salt, and baking soda. Pulse until well-combined. Add the butter and pulse to form a powdery mix. Next add the chocolate chips and pulse once or twice to combine. Refrigerate the mixture up to one week in an airtight container or use immediately.

Transfer to a large bowl and add the egg and vanilla. Stir it as best as you can, but it will still be quite dry. Then, once you can no longer see the wet ingredients and they are absorbed, begin kneading the mixture by hand like a bread or pasta dough.

Scoop the cookies with a Tablespoon-sized scoop. If you want, refrigerate for up to one week or freeze for up to 3 months in a zippered bag, softening to about 68 degrees F before baking. Otherwise, bake on a parchment-lined pan, about 2-3 inches apart. Bake until thin and golden brown with an even color over the whole cookie, about 15 minutes.

Cool the cookies on the baking sheet until room temperature. Transfer the cookies to an airtight container and let them cool for another hour to fully crisp the cookies. At this point, you can keep the cookies for at least 6 weeks in an airtight container.

Green Parsley Sauce for Salmon

I’m not normally the come up with recipes completely out of thin air type. I don’t know if that will ever be me. But, I do sometimes make my own thing after being inspired by other recipes. I wanted to do something special for some salmon we had. In a cookbook I found a recipe that used mint (not our favorite ingredient), parsley, and lemon along with a few other ingredients. I decided to take from that and come up with something using what I had on hand. It ended up delicious and something I will make (or riff on) again.

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