Homemade Garlic Naan

If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I made naan for the first time a couple weeks ago. And much to my amazement, it actually wasn’t that bad. (This shocked me because I was totally convinced that I’d screwed it up.) It all started when I decided to make my parents vegetable korma for dinner. And because I was going to wuss out and use a jarred korma sauce, I figured I should redeem myself by making naan from scratch. I have been ogling Nicole’s naan recipe for the better part of a month now. And while I, as a first-time naan maker, was a little intimidated by her notes that the dough can be a bit tricky to master, it probably wouldn’t have stopped me. What did stop me, however, was discovering that the only yogurt in the house was flavored. As I researched other recipes, I found that many of them called for yogurt and talked of a sticky dough. Eventually, I decided to just google “garlic naan recipe” (because if my naan couldn’t be made of yogurt, it would at least be made of delicious garlic), and clicked on the first thing that came up.

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Blue Bottle Double-Chocolate Cookies

So back in December, I talked about how I made two different batches of cookies from The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee, because I could not choose one over the other. These, at last, are those other cookies. The holidays came and went before I knew it, and I realized it might be best to hold onto this post until late January, when healthy resolutions become a little more “flexible” and thoughts start to turn to the chocolatey decadence of Valentine’s Day.

And these cookies are deliciously decadent. The raw batter is ahh-may-ziing [say it in a sing-song voice]. The one place I went wrong was when I decided to make these normal size cookies, rather than following the instructions to make them semi-ginormous. Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking when I did that. (Actually, I was probably saying to myself, “If I make these normal size, then I can eat four at a time and it’ll be ok!”) But as a person who loves those dinner plate–sized cookies that actually taste more like one giant brownie, I should know better.

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Weekly Rewind

Hey everybody! As many of you know, this last week was a little……intense, for me and my family. Consequently, I don’t really have all that much to talk about, other than to let everyone know that my mom’s surgery on Wednesday went very well. Frankly, that was probably the toughest 12 hours of my life to-date, so I can’t even imagine what it was like for my mom. But she made it through the operation like a total champ, and I’m so happy to report that the biopsy of her lymph nodes was negative. We heard from the doctor yesterday that her cancer was officially diagnosed as stage 1, which is great. And now we’re just waiting on some final test to determine, for sure, that she won’t need further treatment. So the waiting continues, but so far, so good.

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Garlic-Cauliflower Gnocchi with Brussels Sprout Leaves & Lemon Zest

Sometimes I forget that there are people who don’t love cauliflower quite as much as I do. Even though I’m acknowledging that fact now, I still kind of can’t believe it. I mean, seriously, it’s SO GOOD. Slightly funky, slightly spicy, with an awesome crunchy-crumbly texture. Magical things happen when you pair it with garlic (especially when that pairing occurs in a 450° oven). And then there’s cauliflower purée, which I will eat an entire monster bowl of if left alone with said bowl and a spoon. And I’ll be totally fine with that decision, because it’s CAULIFLOWER.

See, this is what I’m talking about. I love it. Other people don’t. Or they’re indifferent. So when I proudly announced to J, “I have this great idea for a new pasta to try……cauliflower gnocchi!” and he stared at me kind of blankly, I was confused. (Also, maybe a little bit insulted. Insulted for my beloved cauliflower. [And perhaps also because my idea was awesome, and that should have been obvious.]) But I quickly followed with, “……and I think I’ll pan-fry it with some brussels sprout leaves and add some lemon zest.” To which he replied, “oh, yeah, that does sound good.” YES IT DOES. And it is. So good.

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Weekly Rewind

Hi everyone! Today’s rewind is a brief one (and not entirely related to this past week, exactly). I’ve been super busy the past several weeks, but it’s getting to the point where I should consider changing the name of this series to Monthly Rewind or Fortnightly Rewind, so it’s time for me to stop slacking!

Also, I just wanted to let you guys know that I’m not quite sure what the next couple of weeks will bring in terms of posting. Back in November, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. After some hellish waiting for tests and MRI results, it was determined that the best course of action would be a mastectomy. Her surgery is this coming Wednesday, and I will be spending the remainder of January with my parents, helping out with whatever I can while my mom recuperates. It looks like there’s a good possibility she won’t need any treatment following the surgery, so as of right now I’m looking forward to helping her through a speedy recovery. I’m hoping I’ll have the opportunity to do some photography down there as well, so I can still keep up with things here. At the very least, I have a couple of posts in the queue (one of which involves the above cauliflower, and will definitely be making an appearance early next week).

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