Category Archives: food

chocolate chip cookies.

i am continually on the quest for the best chocolate chip cookies. not the double chocolate chip cookies – i already have the absolute best recipe for those! no, i’m talking about those chocolate chip cookies that are chewy, but not fragile. crisp on just the very outer layer, but ever so soft on the inside. loaded with chocolate.


luckily, i married a man with a passion for the same type of cookie. he’s willing to let me experiment to my heart’s content. 🙂 last night, for our date night, we decided to whip up a new batch together. here’s the recipe:

  • 1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup Crisco
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 375°. Combine brown sugar, shortening, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat egg into creamed mixture.

Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Mix into creamed mixture until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls of dough onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake about 10 minutes. Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet on a cooling rack. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely.


After making these delights, we decided we’d better make them into a sundae. I heated up the hot fudge, whipped the cream and sweetened it with a touch of honey, and voila!



good things.

i’ve had three great tastes in the last 18 hours… i must share.

1.  kashi roasted vegetable pizza.  hubby & i decided that take-out would be the easiest thing for dinner last night and we decided we were more in the mood for pizza than anything.  usually we get a california pizza kitchen frozen pizza (love their white pizza & the bbq chicken pizza), althought we also really love the amy’s organics spinach frozen pizza.  we branched out last night to try the kashi pizza and it was a winner!  the whole wheat crust was almost buttery.  i added some extra cremini mushrooms, purple onion, green olives, feta, & italian seasoning to the top… but i think the roasted veggies it came with would have been good on their own.  we really enjoyed it!

2. marathon bread from h.e.b.’s bakery.  i’d recently heard that bread from grocery store bakeries is way less processed.  i decided to check out h.e.b.’s bakery last night and found this marathon bread in a 1/2 loaf.  the slices are small, but they are delicious!  some of the ingredients are: sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, whole wheat, honey, molasses, carrot, apple, soy, etc.  try it out!

3.  mocha.  this morning i added a heaping spoonful of dark hot chocolate mix to my coffee.  then i splashed in some 1/2-and-1/2.  i expected it to be good, but when i tasted it, i was amazed at how yummy it was!!! instantly made my early friday morning wonderful.

really great vegetarian taco soup.

whenever michael’s out of town i like to make a recipe that i don’t think that he would particularly enjoy with me.  usually it’s something with beans in it since michael hates doesn’t like beans… yet.  i’m pretty sure that he’ll become an avid bean-lover sometime during our marriage… i’m just waiting for him to really give them a chance. 😉

really great vegetarian taco soup

  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can pinto beans
  • 1 can black-eyed peas
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can navy beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can green beans
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can rotel (i used the mild)
  • 1 packet taco seasoning
  • 1/2 to 1 packet ranch dressing mix (i used 1/2, but if you love ranch, you could use a whole packet)
  • 2 cups water

drain & rinse first seven ingredients in a large colander.  pour into a large stock pot and add the rest of the ingredients, thoroughly combining.  heat over med-high heat until it boils.  reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  great served with grated cheese, sour cream, onions, avacado, tortilla chips, and/or fritos!  taco-soup

chicken marinara recipe.

over the weekend i mentioned that we went to my aunt’s house… we had a great time and while i was there i wrote down one of her favorite recipes: chicken marinara.  i made it last night and it was delish – a true italian comfort meal.  here’s the recipe:

chicken marinara

  • 6 chicken breast halves
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 can marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 6 (1-oz) slices swiss cheese
  • 3 (1-oz) slices mozzarella cheese, cut in half
  • grated Parmesan
  • noodles (i used fresh linguine noodles)

preheat oven to 350*.  dip chicken breasts in egg and then dredge in bread crumbs.  melt butter in a skillet and cook the chicken for 2 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.

mix marinara & half-and-half together.  pour all of the mixture except for 1/2 cup into the bottom of a 9×13″ pan.  set aside reserved sauce.  place the browned chicken on top of the sauce and bake for 25 minutes.  remove from oven and place 1 slice of each cheese on each chicken breast.  put 1 Tablespoon of reserved sauce over cheese.  sprinkle with Parmesan and return to oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.  serve over noodles.  enjoy!!

oh wow.

one of the blogs that i read – eating bender – is giving away a vita-mix.  wow.  can i just say how long i’ve wanted one?!  my obsession with vita-mixes began at the texas state fair back in 2001 when i first saw a demonstration… in the span of 10 minutes, the person doing the demonstration had made both ice cream & hot soup.  i’ve wanted one ever since.  i’ve tried to find a used one i could afford… searching different websites and even garage sales… all to no avail.  i would LOVE to win this vita-mix!!!  it would be a true dream come true.  if you want to enter the contest too, here’s the link to the blog post.  you can enter by leaving a comment on eating bender’s post any time between now & december 15th. 🙂  if you comment, please list my blog as your referrer… then i’ll get another entry to win!

Vita-Mix Super 5200 Giveaway! « eating bender.

yummy noodle bowls.

after visiting wagamama in boston, michael and i have been wanting to experiment by making our own asian noodle bowls.  tonight was my first attempt and i have to say that i loved them.  here’s the recipe – downsized from a rachael ray recipe to feed two people.

asian noodle bowls

  • 6 oz. fresh linguine noodles
  • 3 chicken tenders, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 4 oz. mushrooms, coarsely chopped
  • 1.5 c. snow peas, cut in half diagonally
  • 4 green onions, sliced diagonally into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 handfuls angel hair cabbage
  • 2 carrots, shredded
  • 1 quart veggie stock
  • small handful cilantro


add noodles to boiling water and boil for 3 minutes.  heat up veggie stock to boiling and add bite-sized pieces of chicken, poaching for 5 minutes.  drain noodles and divide into two large soup bowls.  top with raw veggies, dividing them equally between the two bowls.  when chicken is done, divide chicken & the broth between the two bowls.  cover tightly with foil and let steam for 5 minutes.  top with cilantro and slurp away!  i seasoned my bowl with a bit of salt, pepper, and soy sauce.  yum.

ideal sweetener.

i went to h.e.b. with my sister when she was in town and as we walked down the baking aisle, she pointed out the new no-calorie sweetener that she recently purchased.  it’s called ideal no calorie sweetener and i decided to buy a box of 50 packets.  so far i really like it!  no aftertaste, that i’ve noticed.  i used to like splenda ok, but then got the point where i didn’t like it in my coffee anymore.  i’ve been using just plain sugar in my coffee for the past several months.  i’m glad to find a new no-calorie alternative!  guess i’ll find out how i end up liking it for the long haul. 🙂