Mean Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

2.04 cups all-purpose flour
0.79 tsp. salt
0.79 tsp. baking soda

0.805 stick unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
0.2737 stick unsalted butter, cold
0.5313 stick unsalted butter, melted
(1 US stick = 8 tablespoons = 1/4 lb.)

0.84 cups light brown sugar
0.10 cups dark brown sugar
0.54 cups white sugar

1.33 eggs
0.33 egg yolk
1.46 tsp. vanilla extract
0.17 tbsp. water
0.25 tbsp. milk

1.53 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Continue reading “Mean Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe”

Mushroom Stock

1 oz. dried mushrooms (I like to use a variety of porcini, oysters, and chanterelles)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2 carrots, diced
2 celery ribs, diced
4 to 8 ounces white mushrooms, sliced
1 cup chopped leek greens and leek roots, if available
2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
4 thyme sprigs
bouquet garni (small bundle of parsley sprigs, bay leaf, and thyme)
10 sage leaves
2 teaspoons salt

Continue reading “Mushroom Stock”

Maple Roast Chicken

3 – 3 1/2 lb. free-range chicken*
3/4 c. real maple syrup†
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon peanut oil
Kosher or coarse sea salt and fresh ground pepper

OPTIONAL ROASTED VEGETABLE ACCOMPANIMENT
6 small white boiling onions, peeled
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small chunks
6 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and chopped
8 small white potatoes, scrubbed but left whole with skins on

* I think free-range is really the only way to go because the birds have more flavor. And as my acupuncturist once told me, they have better "energy" because they lived happy lives, hanging around outdoors as chickens should, not all cooped up, unable to move. That gives them bad energy, and you don't want to eat meat with bad energy, do you?

† I am partial to Vermont maple syrup, but as long as you get the authentic stuff, and non of that phony corn syrup with maple flavoring, I'll be happy.

Continue reading “Maple Roast Chicken”