Monthly Archives: June 2011

(70) Raspberry-White Chocolate Cookies

Oh man.  These cookies.  These cookies are a-mah-zing.

Once upon a time, like a few months ago, I met Aaron at Subway for lunch.  As Aaron was paying, I noticed them: “NEW!  Raspberry Cheesecake Cookies!”

Did anything ever sound more delicious?

I didn’t try one because we kind of have an unspoken sandwich-only policy at Subway, but I did scurry on home to find a recipe.  This is the closest I could find.

I ain’t complainin’, though.  These cookies are delicious.  Even Bronson got in on it.  Well, he got in on the raspberries.  He ate them like candy.

Raspberry-White Chocolate Cookies

8 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 large egg
3/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1-1/3 cup flour
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup fresh raspberries, washed & dried

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cream butter and both sugars with an electric mixer.  Beat in eggs, vanilla and cream, then beat in baking soda, salt, and cornstarch.  Add flour and stir just until blended.  Stir in white chocolate.  Drop dough by rounded tablespoons onto a parchment lined baking sheet.

Carefully slice raspberries into halves.  Gently press pieces of raspberry in cookie dough rounds.

Bake for 12-13 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack to cool.


(69) Philadelphia Rolls


Remember me?

Oy vey.  The past couple of months have been… *whew*

Aaron went to Kuwait for business.  I hated it.  Um, Skype is cool and all for friends, but for a husband?  I prefer breathing the same air.

Oh, and then I like… had emergency surgery and stuff.  Whatever.  This is a food blog, though, so we won’t discuss unpleasantries.

We will, however, discuss sushi.  Do you love sushi?  Because I ♥ sushi.

Oh, the thought of eating raw fish makes your intestines burn?  Well that’s okay!  This sushi uses smoked salmon.  Not raw.  Intestines: fine.

Philly (Philadelphia) Rolls are my all-time favorite.  I adore smoked salmon.  I devour avocado.  I adulate cream cheese.

Yes, adulate.

You’ll likely really love Philly Rolls too.  And if you already love them, just, you know, you love them in the restaurant, you should most definitely try making these at home.  You will feel accomplished, empowered, and maybe even a tad frugal.

P.S. Nori is basically sheets of dried seaweed.  I have found packs in Whole Foods, EarthFare, and World Market.  Your supermarket may carry them in the international foods aisle.


Philadelphia Rolls

Rice, cooked (you may use sushi-specific rice, or you may use whatever you happen to have in your home)
Smoked Salmon, cut into long, thin strips
Cream Cheese, cut into long, thin strips
Avocado, cut into long, thin strips
**other veggies of choice, cut into… you guessed it… long, thin strips
Wasabi Powder

Lay the nori, rough side up (make sure the perforations are running horizontally).  Spread a thin layer of cooked, cooled rice on the nori, ending a couple of sections from one edge.  Lay out the salmon, cream cheese, avocado, etc.  (This is a photograph of Aaron’s roll.  He added carrot and cucumber to his creation.)


Roll it all up!

In lieu of proper sushi rolling mats, we used some bamboo placemats we had stuffed in a drawer.  I abandoned the placemat ship two rolls in.  I found it easier to just roll it up sans mat.  Supposedly they help make a tighter roll, but I found I was able to keep things snug by hand.

Brush the bare edge of the nori with water so it will created a nice seal once all rolled up.  Slice roll into six to eight pieces.


Mix wasabi powder with water.


Pour a little (or a lot) of soy sauce in with the wasabi for dipping (I pour a lot.  Aaron [as noted above] pours a little).