the cookie project – take three

I am fairly certain that I have found (at least the base of) the secret cookie recipe. Now I just need to tweek it.

This recipe calls for graham cracker crumbs as well as flour. The texture is almost the same as the SC, but this one is not as thick. I really like this recipe. The result is a crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, cookie.

Graham Cracker Cookies


3/4 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup graham cracker crumbs

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup chocolate chips

1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a medium bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, flour, salt and baking soda.

Beat together butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla, mix well. Add combined flour mixture, mix until just incorporated. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop dough by heaping tablespoonfuls (or cookie scoop) onto greased cookie sheets about 3 inches apart .

Bake for 10-12  minutes or until lightly browned.(rotating cookie sheet halfway through) Cool on sheet for about 2 minutes and place on wire racks.


Posted by on pmpWed, 08 Jun 2011 17:12:00 +000012Wednesday 4 , 2011 in Recipes, The Cookie Project


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Strip Steak with Mushroom Ragout

When I first met the other half of WE, he had a serious dislike for mushrooms. I have since, successfully converted him. I actually caught him, tonight, eating the mushroom ragout with a spoon. (ahh…the small victories)

The ragout works well with a number of meats and cuts. Lamb chops, steaks, tenderloin, as well as chicken.

Mushroom Ragout


2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

4 shallots, diced

8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and quartered

8 ounces white mushrooms, quartered

8 ounces oyster mushrooms, torn into pieces (note: if you can’t find oyster mushrooms, you can use  12 ounces each of the shiitake and white, the flavor is still amazing)

Salt and pepper to taste

1 bottle of dry red wine

8 cups of beef broth

1 Tablespoon minced fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried


Heat a large saucepan over high heat. Add oil, and the shallots. Saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and saute about 4 minutes. Add the wine, broth and thyme. Reduce heat and simmer until the mixture has reduced and is sauce-like. About 60 – 90 minutes. Add additional salt and pepper if needed.

You can use this immediately or store in fridge until ready to serve – bring to a boil to re-heat. Will keep in fridge for 3 days.




Posted by on pmpMon, 06 Jun 2011 20:41:50 +000041Monday 4 , 2011 in Recipes


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My mother used to make these for my sister and I when we were little. They are the BEST popsicles ever, and so simple to make. You can make them in any flavor.

Ingredients – makes about 18

1  package unsweetened Kool-Aid drink mix

1 (3 ounce) boxJello gelatin

3/4 cupgranulated sugar

2 cups boiling water

2 cupscold water


 Combine the Kool-Aid, Jello and sugar. (I use a pitcher to make pouring into molds easier)
 Add hot water and stir until completely dissolved.
Stir in cold water.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. ( You can also use small paper cups or similar, and place popsicle sticks into them when they are partially frozen.)



Posted by on pmpMon, 06 Jun 2011 20:23:11 +000023Monday 4 , 2011 in Recipes


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the VB awards…

I was recently awarded the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely JamieAnne, creator of  A Dash of Domestic .  JamieAnne’s blog is a wonderful mix of recipes, tips, and stories about life. I really enjoying reading her posts, and love her sense of humor.

Once you have received the VBA, you then pass it on to seven bloggers that you enjoy, and share seven things about yourself.

I am passing on the Versatile Blogger Award to the following people because they either make me laugh, make me think about life, have wonderful recipes or all of the above. Please take a moment (or many moments) to check out their blogs. It will be well worth it, I promise. (*Note: claiming your award is simply saving the award image, so you can re-post it)

Don’t Make That Face





That’s What She Said

Miss Anthropist’s Kitchen

Now the seven things about moi:

1. A few years ago, I fulfilled my dream of owning my own restaurant. It was a small, beautiful cafe and bakery, where we made everything from scratch using as many local ingredients as possible. It was successful, and it was one of the most incredible, fulfilling journeys I have been on. Unfortunately due to several (out my control) events, I had to close the cafe. But I have moved on, and plan on opening a bakery when I move back east.

2.Before my restaurant venture, I was a freelance graphic designer. I now use that creative energy to create custom cakes. (Art is art)

3.When I was 18 I got a fairly good-sized tattoo on my left arm. At age 33, I wish I had really thought that one through.

4.I have not ridden a bicycle since I was about 14 years old, and am fairly certain that if I were to get on one today, I would break my neck. (I know, I know, once you learn, you never forget, but I am not sure if I believe that)

5. I shattered my elbow when I was in the third grade. My father thought it was “nothing”, and made me eat a french fry (we were at the park having lunch) – I guess he thought this would make me feel better. That one french fry caused me to have to wait until the following day to have reconstructive surgery.(After my mother convinced him something was seriously wrong, they rushed me to the E.R.) Two metal pins later, and week spent in the hospital, I was allowed to go home. I have sported a 5 inch long scar ever since.

6.I love to go camping. Not the luxury RV kind either. In a tent, in the woods.

7.I absolutely love cars. Muscle cars, classics…really any nice looking car will do. One of my dreams to is to restore a Jaguar XKE or a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 Fastback. Ahhh…someday…and then I will be that old person with the really hot car.

Thank you again JamieAnne, I feel honored that you selected me.


Posted by on pmpMon, 06 Jun 2011 17:13:51 +000013Monday 4 , 2011 in Uncategorized


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Grilled Hawaiian Flatbread Pizza


Flat bread is such a great platform for pizza. It offers a crispy yet chewy crust, and the toppings are endless. Tonight we decided on Hawaiian pizza.  I used store bought flat bread since I was crunched for time. However, if you have time, this recipe is simple enough, and you can switch out the thyme for an herb (or several) of your choice.

For the sauce, combine 3/4 cup of tomato sauce, and 1 Tablespoon honey barbeque sauce. Stir to combine. (This makes enough for about 6 flat breads – depending on how much sauce you like)

I grilled the pineapple slices, and ham before topping the pizzas. The grill caramelizes the sugar in the pineapple, making it amazingly sweet and juicy. I used maple ham and grilled it for about 2 minutes on each side. The pineapple took about 3 minutes per side at 400 degrees.

Slice the ham and pineapple into bite sized pieces.

Spread desired amount of sauce on each pizza, top with freshly grated mozzarella cheese. Finish with ham and pineapple.

Grill at 400 degrees for about 6 minutes, or until cheese is melted and crust is crispy.


Posted by on pmpSun, 05 Jun 2011 21:14:18 +000014Sunday 4 , 2011 in Recipes


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Grilled Crab Cakes with Lemon Aioli

We have been trying to have stay at home “date night” a few times a week. This enables us to have uninterrupted conversation, and some much needed us time,(after certain little people go to bed) without spending ridiculous amounts of money on meals that are just mediocre.

I have been craving grilled corn on the cob since Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide posted this wonderful how – to.

If you have not yet been to this wonderful blog, full of fantastic recipes for both food and drink, I highly recommend that you do. This husband and wife blogging powerhouse offer an array of tantalizing recipes that they capture with amazing photographs.

Tonight’s date night seemed like the perfect time to satisfy the corn craving.

Before grilling, rubbed with butter and re-wrapped

And what better to go with grilled corn than crab cakes, baseball on the radio, cold beer and eating under the stars.

Crab Cakes

( You can use fresh or canned crab – I used canned tonight because the store did not have any fresh crab – sigh)

Ingredients – yield 6

4 (6oz) cans crab meat

1 yellow bell pepper, finely diced

1 eggs slightly beaten

1 Tablespoon parsley

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce

juice from half lemon

1 Tablespoon spicy brown mustard

2 Tablespoons mayo (I use olive oil mayonnaise)

1 cup bread crumbs


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mixing well to combine all ingredients. Form into patties, about 3/4 inch thick.  Let rest in refrigerator at least 20 minutes before grilling.

Preheat grill to 400 degrees, and cook cakes 4 minutes per side.

Corn takes about 10-15 minutes to cook, click here for instructions.

Lemon Aioli


1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tablespoon chopped chives

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

 salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


In a medium bowl, mix all the ingredients together.

Grilled Garlic Bread

Baguette bread

Olive oil

Clove of garlic, peeled


Cut bread into 3 inch long sections, slice in half. Brush with olive oil, and place on grill – about 3- 4 minutes. Remove from grill and rub toasted side with garlic clove.

Yes, the quality of this photo is awful, but I did not want to wait to eat, and would have had to go inside to take a better picture. But you get the idea!


Posted by on pmpSat, 04 Jun 2011 22:35:30 +000035Saturday 4 , 2011 in Recipes


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he puts the happi in our ness

I have noticed a few bloggers participating in the Project Marriage and since father’s day is fast approaching I thought I would participate.

We are not the most conventional family, nor did we meet in a conventional way. We have been through more in six years than most will go through in 50 years of marriage. But through all that we have been through; laughter, tears, death, love, birth, and stumbling more than a few times along the way, I would not trade what we have for the world.



I love that this man can make me laugh when I am at my lowest. 

His smile lights up the room and my world.

He is silly, stubborn, fun, forgetful, is always running late, makes the best egg burritos in the universe, knows how to fix just about anything, gives the best hugs and makes our kids giggle like no one else can. (He will even go on rides that spin and go in circles,50 times in a row, because he is that kind of dad)  We don’t always see eye to eye, and we argue over the silliest things but we always make it a point to say I love you at the end of the day.




Posted by on pmpFri, 03 Jun 2011 13:33:02 +000033Friday 4 , 2011 in Uncategorized


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