Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie (Gluten Free)

Not too long ago, I purchased a bunch of cast iron pans – 2 skillets, 2 round griddles, and a dutch oven – and I’m finally getting around to really having some fun with them.  So far, my griddles have been the most used – they make the absolute best pancakes I’ve ever made.  They also make a pretty mean grilled cheese.  I finally got around to making a dessert, and oh my goodness.  I think I have a new obsession.

I wanted to start with a classic skillet cookie, but I decided to make it gluten free with a healthier flour – almond meal!  The cast iron gives it such a chewy, crisp crust, with a perfectly gooey center (I like it slightly under-baked). [Read more...]

Haluski (Fried Cabbage and Noodles)

My mini summer vacation is just about over (already?!), and it has just flown by.  While it’s been extremely cool in Buffalo for July, with days just barely hitting 70ºF, we at least got to experience some hotter temperatures over a long weekend in Vegas.  We didn’t really know what to expect, since both Alex and I have never truly experienced over 100 degree weather.  With the dry heat, it just felt like we were constantly getting furnace air blown onto us.  As long as we weren’t under the sun for long, it was actually pretty enjoyable!

I was so looking forward to having a ton of kitchen time with my break, but I actually have hardly gotten into the kitchen at all, with all of the traveling we’ve been doing.  We’re heading out to a friend’s wedding this weekend, and then I finally get ONE final week for kitchen time before starting rotations up again! [Read more...]

Coffee Cake Cookies

Is summer flying by or what?!  Things have been busy, busy, busy around here, which always seems to happen when I finally think I’m going to have time to relax!  Time with family and friends is definitely a good trade-off, though.  AND it means I can load people up with goodies!

My sisters and I threw my parents a surprise party for their 30th wedding anniversary (well, a surprise for my mom, anyway – my dad was in on it).  I ended up making two cakes (which I did not get pictures of), peach sangria, and these cookies.  We decided the day before the party we probably needed some cookies, and this recipe just happened to catch my eye, so I whipped ‘em up right away.  I’m so glad I did, because they were pretty fantastic!

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