Secret-Ingredient Chocolate-Chip Cookies 

Like many bakers, I’ve been trying to perfect the chocolate-chip cookie for some time now.  I’ve made a multitude of recipes that I’ve liked–some that I’ve loved even.  But nothing that was absolutely perfect.

These come pretty close.  They’re chewy and gooey and everything nice.  My family devoured the whole batch in a record and extremely worrying two days.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 sticks melted butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg and 1 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

And the secret ingredient is….1 1/2 teaspoons of cornstarch.  Cornstarch is a little bit disgusting; it’s not the sort of thing you really want in your body.  But a tiny amount of it gives these cookies their chewy-gooeyness.  So don’t make these often, but enjoy them when you do.

Directions

In a small bowl, stir flour, baking soda, cornstarch and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk melted butter and sugars. Add egg and egg yolk, then vanilla. Add dry ingredients, then mix with a spatula. Stir in chocolate chips, then cover and chill for two hours (yes, this is mandatory). Remove from fridge and drop spoonfulls of dough onto a lined baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees, for 10ish minutes. Enjoy!

  

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Tonight’s dinner…

Every night I’m grateful that my dad is a restauranteur and chef extraordinaire. He started out with the south Indian cusine he grew up on, then expanded to French, Italian, Mexican, Greek…

We are constantly trying out new recipes from across the globe, both for the restaurants and for our own pleasure, but we always enjoy returning to my dad’s speciality: wood-fired pizza.


This traditional Italian dish is perfection. There’s maiz, with crème fraiche, corn and bacon; Mushroom, sausage and mozarella; and of course pizza Margherita, the unbeatable combination of tomato, basil and mozarella.

I can’t include the recipes for the dough and sauce, as they’re used at the restaurant, but I couldn’t resist posting these pictures. Thank you Papa!

Japanese Milk Bread

This is one of my favorite breads in the world, and that’s saying something. Not only does it bring a sandwich to a whole new level, it is also delicious on its own. I like to make it on Sundays and use it for lunch during the week–it certainly gives me something to look forward to! Enjoy!

Ingredients

For the starter

  • 1/3 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk

For the dough

  • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, sliced (room temperature)

Directions

Make the starter–whisk ingredients and bring to a simmer over low heat. Transfer to small bowl and set aside to cool.

Make the dough– mix flour, sugar, yeast and salt. Add egg, milk and half of the starter (the other half must be discarded unless you are doubling the recipe). Knead. Add the butter and knead until it is incorporated, then cover with a wet towel and allow to rise for one hour.

Split the dough into two balls and roll each one out into a square. Roll each square into a log and place them side by side into a buttered bread pan. Allow to rise for another half hour before putting them in the oven. Bake at 350 degrees until top turns golden brown, about 20-30 minutes. 

 

Indian Cauliflower

Cauliflower is pretty perfect–it’s healthy, easy to work with and completely delicious. My favorite way to cook it is to sauteé one head in vegetable oil, then sprinkle chili powder and coriander (plus salt and pepper).  It tastes amazing and makes a great side. Enjoy!

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My Favorite Chocolate Chip Bars

These are another favorite at my house.  With a big family, it can be hard to find a dessert that’s everybody’s favorite, but this one does the job.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 sticks butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/3 cups flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions

Cream the sugars and butter.  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Pour into greased pan and bake twenty minutes at 350 degrees.

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