Friday, August 21, 2015

145.4...Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

Over the weekend I made a spectacular dessert. Have you ever had the Pizookie at BJ’s? You know that slightly undercooked giant cookie thing they have that they serve with vanilla ice cream? Yeah well, I recreated that at my house. No need to go to BJ’s ever again (thank goodness!).

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Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie (Serves 8)

Recipe slightly adapted from Two Peas & Their Pod

Ingredients:

3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 large egg and 1 egg yolk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 tsp. corn starch

3/4 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. salt 

1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 12-inch cast iron skillet and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, combine melted butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar. Stir until smooth. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix until combined. 

3. Add the flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt. Stir until flour disappears. Stir in the chocolate chips.

4. Spread batter evenly in prepared cast iron skillet. Bake for 20-22 minutes or until golden brown. Don’t over bake, you want the cookie to be slightly gooey. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire cooling rack for 10-15 minutes. Serve with ice cream.

Note: you can use a 10-inch skillet or pie plate. The cookie will be thicker so you will have to bake it a little longer.

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Last night was the last night we spent with our friends from Canada before they left. We decided to take them to Hacienda de Vega. We have never been before but I had heard that it was good so we gave it a shot. 

When we arrived, it was hard to tell where the restaurant was. Didn’t see a sign and the packing was in this random lot next door. We found the restaurant which, at first, looked like someone’s home from the front. Then we walked into this amazing outdoor expansive patio area that made you feel like you were far away at some sort of resort. The ambiance was so pretty and unlike any restaurant I’ve been to before. 

We were seated and immediately the chips and various salsas came out.

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The salsas were good, nothing special. Good thing…kept me from eating a ton of chips. We ordered guacamole and Queso de Vega:

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The guacamole was average but the Queso de Vegas was pretty darn delicious!

Another thing we shared was the Chicken Mole Fries:

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Outstanding! Loved this!  

We also had Lobster Tostadas. They were good but nothing special.

For my entree I had the Enchiladas Poblanas (two chicken enchiladas in a fresh Poblano sauce, cream and cotija cheese served with rice and beans):

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It needed a bit of hot sauce and then it was quite good! 

I really enjoyed Hacienda de Vega and will definitely be back! 

Breakfast this morning:

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I dropped the kids off at school, went to an appointment, then the gym for Zumba class.

Lunch was at Big Bang Sushi. I tried the Chile Garlic Edamame:

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Loved this!!!!!

Tuna, yellowtail and salmon sushi:

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I tried the Chef’s Special roll which was just ok. Not going to be in the normal rotation. 

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Somehow I didn’t end up ordering my favorite Wasabi Roll….next time!! 

We are going to the Padres game tonight! Go Padres!

Have you ever had a Pizookie?

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