Saturday, February 13, 2016

Valentine's Day: Our Date Night

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

I hope everyone is feeling the looove.  We certainly are over here!

2016 will is mine and Andy's fourth Valentine's Day and, as usual, we like to stay in, cook something extra delicious, drink an extra nice bottle of wine and eat chocolates.

The photo above is our box of chocolates this year - Zingerman's "Not a Normal Box of Chocolates."  These are made by hand here in Ann Arbor and the ganache takes four days to make.  Each box includes almond pralines and burnt sugar caramels.  One thing I love about this is there are only three kinds!  Normally we have Godiva and you might find one kind of chocolate you love, but that's it.  You get one.  This box of chocolates has multiples of each chocolate!

Tonight we're making these Baby Back Ribs.  We meant to make them last weekend for the Super Bowl but my pregnancy craving for tacos won out and ribs still sound good.  That made our dinner decision easy!  We're also making mashed potatoes because we never make them and...just, yum.

Other Valentine's activities include me, apparently nesting, finally.  I'm going to make this Broccoli Cheddar Soup and these Very Blueberry Scones, both from Smitten Kitchen (love her).  Can you tell I'm on a blueberry kick?  I also cleaned the fridge today and Andy cleaned the walls in our bathroom, go us!

My boss and co-workers recently through a little  pre-birth day celebration for baby John Quincy and gave me and Andy a gift card and these Chocolate Chip with Sea Salt Cookies (among a few other goodies!).  These Chocolate Chip cookies have me hooked.  They are crunchy, salty, chunky, buttery...I need to find a similar recipe!

So I started re-reading this article about cookie science to try to identify what ratios I need to make the cookie I want.  So I'm following this recipe to see if it is what I'm looking for.  The cookie dough is in the fridge, we'll see how it turns out tomorrow!

{Chopped chocolate chips}

{An attempt to brown butter}

{Whipping eggs, sugar and vanilla with whisk, not paddle.  I messed up this step by including brown sugar, whoops}

{Only 15 seconds of incorporating}

{The final cookie dough product to sit overnight in the fridge}

See you tomorrow cookie dough!

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