Autumn Recipe: Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Posted on October 30, 2011. Filed under: Astoria, Recipes |

Thanks for reading for the last four years. Here is a recipe send-off I hope you enjoy…

In a quest to find the perfect holiday treat, (keeping in mind that I do not like pumpkin pie) I discovered this delicious recipe for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies.  Altering the ingredients slightly, I omitted the salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. I also used salted butter instead of unsalted and Ghirardelli dark chocolate chips. The success of the recipe lies in the quality dark chocolate. This recipe demonstrates the perfect contrast between the soft taste of the sweet pumpkin with the intense flavor of the dark chocolate. The pumpkin puree adds a special texture to the cookies that make them come out of the oven fluffy and soft.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) soft salted butter
  • 1 cup  white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly spread butter onto cookie sheet so cookies will not stick. Mix the eggs, puree, butter, vanilla, and sugar together. Add the mixture of dry ingredients in a separate bowl. When finished sifting dry ingredients, fold into puree. Mix all ingredients until lightly fluffy, add chocolate chips. Scoop about one heaping tablespoon of mixture on sheet three inches apart. Bake for about sixteen minutes or until golden orange.

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

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Curry Chicken Salad You’ll Fall For…

Posted on October 19, 2011. Filed under: Astoria, Brunch, Indian, Recipes |

One of the things that I like most about food is what I like most about Fall, the ever-changing colors.  The early sunsets blanket the city buildings in a golden glow of pumpkin orange and falling leaves blot the sidewalks like puddles of deep red wine.  Here is a recipe for one of my favorite fall feasts. My “Famous Chicken Salad” is a colorful assault on the eyes as it is a swirling of spices in the mouth. Enjoy!

“Famous Chicken Salad”

About four cups of chicken (I like to buy a rotisserie chicken)

3 celery stalks

1/2 small red onion

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/3 cup chopped cilantro

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Tumeric to taste

Cumin to taste

Mix all the chopped ingredients together, stir in the mayonnaise, sprinkle the spices to taste and fold together. Can be served alone or in the company of bread, wine and good friends.

Finely chop onion, celery, and cilantro...

Add walnuts...

...tumeric and cumin to taste...

... and voila!

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