Amazing person and amazing guest!

Just before we get to the ‘good stuff’ I wanted to remind everyone that this is the first day of a week of fantastic parties.  Today, hop on over to for  her 30 minute fix.  Tomorrow’s amazing hostess, Debbie from Debbie doo’s and a stunning front planter.

So this is why I love blogging.  The community.  I know that I’ve said it before but it bears repeating that in blogland there are a lot of phenomenal folks who go out of their way to share.  They even become part of your own larger support system even though you’ve never actually met them.

Some of these folks I talk to almost everyday.  That’s amazing.

One such phenomenal lady is DeAnn from the SIP project (there’s a link for her below but she can also be found on my blog roll page).  You are in for such a treat getting to know her and I’m thrilled to have her guest on my blog.  I’ll be guesting over at hers as soon as I have an extra special project done (almost there).

Hi I am DeAnn from The SIP project and want to thank Jane for having me over today, I am excited to be here :) Jane was one of the first bloggers I ‘met’ when I started my blog, she was kind and supportive something every new blogger needs. 

I love me some good grub, who doesn’t? (one of my dreams is to go to NYC just to eat for like two weeks and try everything I can get my hands on) I have had a sweet tooth sense I can remember and cookies are my kryptonite…can I get an amen?! I am sharing my FAVORITE chocolate chip cookie recipe. After you try it you will NEVER use another recipe again, well you might try other recipes but you will always come back to this one! I found it in cooks illustrated magazine a few years ago, that’s my favorite food magazine. I love that they take a good recipe and make it great. 

Make this cookie recipe, make any one of your favorite recipes and next time you do, double it. Take it to your friend or neighbor…what they’re not sick or dying of the plague??? Welll……………………………

We don’t need a reason to just do something nice for the heck of it. What if your friend or neighbor is already having  a good day and you take over some yummy goodness and make their already good day GREAT!  It’s also a good way to meet a neighbor and make a new friend…or keep them 😉. Maybe you do know someone who’s having a rough go of things lately. We don’t always know if someone is having a good day(s) or not so “Be, kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” – Jane’s boy Plato 😉 I mean what does it hurt to make someone’s good day even better?!

While putting together this post I a had spark of inspiration. I LOVE food but up until this point hadn’t found a way to include food in my blog in a way that connected with my purpose. Well I found that connection! I am kicking it off here on Adventures in Dinner! I really want my blog to be interactive a place to share what you have done a place you can come to feel uplifted. Friends meet a new series of posts called….

How it will work: 

1.You make your FAVORITE recipe and take it to someone, anyone,family, friend, neighbor, co-worker, first person you see after you leave your house etc you can be as safe or adventurous as you would like.

2. Send me the recipe, I put it on my blog with who it was submitted by (if your a blogger I will put a link and picture from your blog).

3. Tell me who you took it to (you don’t have to put there name you could just say my neighbor across the street).

4. (Optional) You can also add why you took it to them…”I haven’t had a chance to meet them yet,”  and what there reaction was, “They said it was perfect timing they were late and hadn’t had a chance to eat breakfast yet” etc. etc.

After a few posts I will make my favorite muffin recipe, another one that I truly can’t live without. It’s the BEST! I try others but just like the chocolate chip recipe, I always come back to it. I want to know what recipes you have that are like this!

Time to dish my favorite cookie recipe. 

Best ever chocolate chip cookies by Cooks Illustrated

  • 1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (8 3/4 ounces)
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar (3 1/2 ounces)
  • 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar (5 1/4 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1 1/4 cups semisweet (or bittersweet) chocolate chips or chunks
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, toasted (optional)
  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 2 large (18- by 12-inch) baking sheets with parchment paper. Whisk flour and baking soda together in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Heat 10 tablespoons butter in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until melted, about 2 minutes. Continue cooking, swirling pan constantly until butter is dark golden brown and has nutty aroma, 1 to 3 minutes. Remove skillet from heat and, using heatproof spatula, transfer browned butter to large heatproof bowl. Stir remaining 4 tablespoons butter into hot butter until completely melted.
  3. Add both sugars, salt, and vanilla to bowl with butter and whisk until fully incorporated. Add egg and yolk and whisk until mixture is smooth with no sugar lumps remaining, about 30 seconds. Let mixture stand 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds. Repeat process of resting and whisking 2 more times until mixture is thick, smooth, and shiny. Using rubber spatula or wooden spoon, stir in flour mixture until just combined, about 1 minute. Stir in chocolate chips and nuts (if using), giving dough final stir to ensure no flour pockets remain.
  4. Divide dough into 16 portions, each about 3 tablespoons (or use #24 cookie scoop). Arrange 2 inches apart on prepared baking sheets, 8 dough balls per sheet. (Smaller baking sheets can be used, but will require 3 batches.)
  5. Bake cookies 1 tray at a time until cookies are golden brown and still puffy, and edges have begun to set but centers are still soft, 10 to 14 minutes, rotating baking sheet halfway through baking. Transfer baking sheet to wire rack; cool cookies completely before serving.

Serve – There were some men that came to our home to chop down some trees for free (it is their job so they do get paid) through the Chimayo Conservation Project. None the less it’s a huge service to us and they are very friendly hard working guys and I thought some cookies would be a nice way to say thanks.

I also found this recipe (pictured below) on Pinterest (recipe on my pinboard) and tried it. If you like a crisper cookie but not in anyway burned this cookie may be for you. They were fun to make, I love to try new ways of doing things and this recipe is different just like the cooks illustrated recipe and I thought maybe it would be amazing too. It wasn’t, but it was fun to make :) Next time I make these cookies I am going to combine the Cooks Illustrated Perfect chocolate chip cookie recipe with the Thousand-layer chocolate chip cookie technique and see how they turn out. 

That’s a wrap! Thanks Jane for having me here!If you would like to do a Dish & Serve post let me know via e-mail

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    • Jane says

      Aarean, your project is just so beautiful and it is just such a pleasure to visit your site each time.

  1. says

    This is such a fun idea! I’m a dismal cook (as previously established!), but the idea of popping by and just helping someone’s day be a little brighter is just so *sweet*! Love it!

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