Monday, August 31, 2009

Tate's Cookies

this morning, in my email, was an incredible monday morning treat. my sister (april) sent my a link to GOOP - have you heard of it?
it's gwyneth paltrow's own little website. she updates weekly, with all kinds of different interests. while i realize that gwyneth needs no help from me in the advertising or marketing area - i thought that you may need help in the 'idea' department! so, i thought i would go ahead and share this with you all. and yes, i made these cookies today - i was craving a chocolate chip cookie anyway! (i should tell you that Tate's Bake Shop is a bakery for the rich and famous in southhampton, ny... and i got their recipe from gwyneth herself!) ;)

YIELD: About 40 cookies
2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) lightly salted butter, at room temperature
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon water
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350ยบ.
Whisk the flour, soda and salt together in a bowl. In another large bowl, mix the butter with a wooden spoon to lighten it a bit and then mix in the sugars. Add the water, vanilla and eggs to the butter mixture. Stir in the flour mixture until just combined and then fold in the chocolate chips. Using two soup spoons, drop the cookies 2" apart onto two nonstick or greased cookie sheets. Bake for 8-12 minutes (depending on the level of chewy-crispy you like), rotating the sheets after four minutes. Remove the cookies to a wire rack to cool, and repeat the process with the rest of the batter.
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menu #10

Monday: Spaghetti with Meatballs (jay's favorite)
garlic bread

Tuesday: Beer battered tilapia with chile mandarin sauce
french fries
(didn't make it last week!)

Wednesday: Chicken in Parmesan Chive Cream Sauce
brown rice
green beans

Thursday: pizza

Friday: ham & cheese turnovers

Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer Pasta Bolognese

12 oz fettuccine
2 T evoo
1 lb ground turkey
salt and pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced (i always add more) :)
1.5 pounds beefsteak tomatoes (about 3); chopped
1/2 cup dry white wine (if you don't have wine on hand, chicken stock is a good substitute)
1 small zucchini, coarsely grated (my kids loved grating the zucchini)
3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn (another job you can have your kids do!)

cook the pasta according to package directions. set aside.
heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the turkey and season with s & p.
add the garlic and cook for another minute. add the tomatoes and wine and simmer, until the sauce has slightly thickened, 4-5 minutes.
remove from heat and fold in the zucchini and basil. serve over pasta. i topped with parmesan cheese, of course!

real simple/august 2008

menu #9

Monday: Salmon with green beans and red potato salad

Tuesday: Nacho's

Wednesday: fussilli with yellow squash & bacon
garlic bread

Thursday: Beer battered tilapia with chile mandarin sauce
french fries

Friday: meatball sandwich
green salad

Saturday: steak
red white beans
artichoke brown rice

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Menu #8

monday: pot sticker salad with snap peas
brown rice

tuesday: tilapia with beans, corn & pesto

wednesday: pasta with peppers and mozzarella
french bread

thursday: artichoke pizza's
caesar salad

friday: honey bbq chicken skewers
grilled corn salad
baked potato