Monday, 19 March 2018

World Peace Cookies

The World Peace Cookie lives up to its name: If everyone had one, peace would reign o’er the planet. I’m convinced of this.

 The World Peace cookie has a long history, starting sometime before the turn of the millennium, when Pierre Herme', who was named the "Best Pastry Chef in the World, created it for Korova, a then new, now gone restaurant in Paris.

I made these tasty morsels for a family ski/snowmobile trip to McCall, Idaho. Huge hit!

World Peace Cookies
 credit - Epicurious for recipe

1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
11 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature (1 cube plus 3 tablespoons unsalted butter)
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. sea salt
5 ounces extra bittersweet chocolate chopped (no pieces bigger than 1/3 inch)

Using a electric mixer mix the butter and sugars together until smooth, but not fluffy. Add the vanilla and sea salt and beat until fluffy, about two minutes.

Sift the flour, cocoa powder and soda together.

Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture and mix until just combined(may be crumbly) 

Add chopped chocolate and mix just to combine. You may need to knead a little in the bowl to form a ball.

Divide dough in half and form into two 1 1/2 inch logs on two pieces of plastic wrap. Wrap up in plastic wrap and chill until firm about 3 hours.

I was making for a trip to Idaho, so I made ahead, placed in a thermal bag with ice packs. You can make 3-4 days ahead.

Pre heat oven to 325 F degrees. Line baking sheet with Silpat or parchment paper.

Using a sharp knife, cut logs crosswise into 1/2 inch-thick rounds. The rounds might crack as you’re cutting them — don’t be concerned, just squeeze the bits back onto each cookie. Arrange the rounds on the baking sheets, leaving about 2 inches between them. If you’ve cut both logs, keep one baking sheet in the refrigerator while you bake the other. Bake 1 sheet at a time until cookies appear dry, 12 minutes. Cookies will NOT be firm or golden on edges, they will not look done. That is the way they should look. Transfer to wire rack. Can be made 1 day ahead, keep in air tight container. However, I love them warm~

Our annual family ski/snowmobile trip this year to McCall, Idaho. We had such a great time with family.  Skiing, snowmobiling, shopping, dinners in and out, hot tub and a natural hot springs in the mountains and much more! We will be coming back to McCall!

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Instant Pot Butter Chicken-Murgh Makhani

This creamy, fragrant tomato stew is a staple of Indian restaurant cooking, but it is traditionally labor intensive to make, requiring the meat to marinate overnight and simmer for as much as an hour. We have had this many times 

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Instant Pot Pasta Carbonara

Carbonara– is there a more simple meal that feels quite so utterly indulgent? I think not. It lifts bacon and eggs to their highest's heights and celebrates all that is wonderful about the comfort of carbs, the indulgence of a bit of fat and the sweet saltiness of cured (and preferably smoked) pancetta.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Instant Pot Shepards Pie

One of my favorite Irish foods is Shepard's Pie. It cooks up so quickly in the Instant Pot and I finish it in the oven. I like making individuals, but, you can make it in a oven proof medium size dish. Or completely in the instant pot.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Instant Pot Split Pea Soup

Split pea soup is never going to win the "Winter soup Olympics". The signature hue of mushy pea green will never be prized as fashionable by anyone but me. When I told Wee Bear I was making split pea soup, he said,"Why"? If you know

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Chicken Pot Pie Braid

Chicken Pot Pie Braid is all the classic flavors of a traditional pot pie, however it is enveloped in a delicious and easy pastry that will knock your guests socks off!

Friday, 9 February 2018

Instant Pot Chocolate Creme Brule'


What can be better than silky smooth creme brulee with rich chocolate? Creme brule' is so easy to make. Much easier than a cake or cookies, you don't even need to get out the mixer, everything stirs right together. You don't even need to water-bath this version! Make in the instant a instant!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Chocolate Budino

What is a Budino?

Budino is a sweet Italian dish, usually rich and creamy like a custard or pudding, only better! The word originally referred to a type of medieval sausage, similar to English pudding. Budino is the Italian word for custard or pudding.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Super Bowl Round up 2018!

Whether you're a diehard New England Patriots or Philadelphia Eagles fan or you're just there for the food and commercials, this glorious game day roundup scores big time. No matter what you're craving — from a delicious Wingfest to Instant Pot Halftime Chili — these SUPERBOWL recipes will keep your crew satisfied from kickoff to MVP pick!  

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Instant Pot Winter Minestrone Soup

There are so many recipes for Minestrone soup, because there are so many different vegetables that you can use. This recipe is merely a guide, feel free to add or subtract ingredients ....and use what you have in the refrigerator. 

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Instant Pot Hard boiled Eggs

Instant Pot perfectly cooked, easy to peel eggs! Simple technique to perfect eggs!

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Instant Pot Asian Style Flankin Short Ribs

Although short ribs used to be seen as a less desirable cut of beef, they've risen in popularity, causing prices to also increase for this cut that used to be fairly inexpensive. So if you're now spending more for short ribs, it makes sense to get to know the two popular ways that they're cut, flanken and English style. Once you know the differences in appearance and how they should be cooked, you can buy the right cut for your recipe! 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Instant Pot Disneyland Beef Stew

When you think of food at Disneyland, you might think of the Mickey Mouse ice cream, the hot dogs, the turkey legs or the pretzels, but, the real fans of the "Happiest Place on Earth" know that one of the real food stars is the Louisiana beef stew at New Orleans Square's French Market restaurant. And real cooking detectives know that you can totally recreate the dish at home in your Instant Pot!! Would you like in on this secret?

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Instant Pot Halftime Chili

This delicious chili was a winner in the Bon Appetit recipes sweepstakes, a reader poll conducted in honor of their 50th anniversary. I have adapted this yummy recipe to the Instant Pot! 

Monday, 1 January 2018

Anti Inflammatory Pineapple Pain Relief

I want to start off the New Year with a healthy drink that has changed my life in the last month. Sparing you the details, I have arthritis in my neck. Basically, it affected my quality of life having been a very active person. After a lot of different tests, physical therapy, chiropractor, acupuncture, manipulations on and on.....a friend and fellow hiker gave me this recipe. He told me that he has been on this for one year. Prior to using this juice he could not open a jar! His testimonial was when he went on holiday to Australia for a month and was not able to juice, his arthritis came back. The original recipe comes from a woman with MS, who was able to relieve her symptoms.