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Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Olive oil can be a wonderful ingredient to bake with and I’ve used it in great success with a wide variety of cakes. You might not expect to see it turn up in a batch of chocolate chip cookies, however. These Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies use only olive oil – not butter or other vegetable oils – to create a subtly sophisticated twist on a classic.

The key to success with this recipe is picking out good quality olive oil that you like the flavor of. I’ve had some high quality olive oils that simply weren’t my favorites, so I would not want those flavors in my cookies. I used a California olive oil that has a bright acidity and a buttery, nutty flavor that worked well here. The bottom line is that you need to like your olive oil, so taste it before it goes into your cookie dough! The dough mixes up very easily, since no creaming is necessary. It is fairly stiff and, because it uses oil and not butter, it can be a bit difficult to stir in the chips. You might have to tuck in a chip here or there as you shape the dough into balls to bake them. That said, there are plenty of chocolate chips, so don’t worry if you lose a few.

The cookies are large and are baked at a relatively low temperature that allows for a thick, bakery-style cookie. They won’t brown as much as cookies made with butter, so you can’t rely on color alone to check for doneness. The cookies should be just set around the edge (you can touch them with your fingertip) and should not look wet in the center. If the cookies are firm in the center, they’re probably overdone. The cookies will continue to set up as they cool, finishing with a dense, chewy center and a crisp edge. You’ll be able to detect a brightness from the olive oil that pairs well with the chocolate chips. You can opt for darker chocolate chips in this recipe (though it isn’t overly sweet because of the olive oil), if you prefer them to semisweet. The cookies will keep well for a couple of days after baking if stored in an airtight container. .

Olive Oil Chocolate Chip Cookies
2 1/8 cups all purpose flour (2 cups + 2 tbsp)
1/2 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, sugars, egg, egg yolk and vanilla until smooth and well-combined. Stir in the flour mixture, along with the chocolate chips. Shape the dough into 2-inch balls and arrange on prepared baking sheet, leaving about 2-inches between the cookies to allow for spread (they don’t spread as much as some cookies do).
Bake for 16-18 minutes, until the cookies are set on the edges and do not look wet in the center. Allow cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Makes about 24 large cookies.


The Basque Culinary World Prize

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Do you know a chef who is making a difference? The Basque Culinary World Prize is a competition not based on the typical achievements of the kitchen and dining room, but on  a ‘transformative project’ in gastronomy that has had a positive impact on society. This could be through culinary innovation, a commitment to social responsibility, sustainability or the economic development of their community. Nominees for the prize must have a background as a professional chef though they don’t currently need to be a chef and they can be from anywhere in the world. 


The winner will receive €100,000 to devote to a social project of their choice that demonstrates the wider role of the chef in society.
Credit: Cassie Borreson 

Back in March I attended an event with Dominique Crenn and Joxe Mari Aizega, the Head of the Basque Culinary Center, the host of the competition, to kick off the nominations in the US. They both emphasized the importance of setting a positive example and how crucial it is for chefs to have a public voice. This is the second year of the competition and they are looking for as many nominations as possible. 

Do you know a chef who is making a difference? Please take a moment to nominate them. Nominations are being accepted though May 19th and then between June 12-14 the Prize Committee will decide which nominations meet the judging criteria and finalize a list of the 10 strongest candidates to forward to the Prize Jury. 


Credit: Cassie Borreson 



























The Prize Jury will be chaired by Joan Roca of Spain and will include some of the most well-known chefs in the world — Ferran Adrià of Spain, Michel Bras of France, Massimo Bottura of Italy, Dominique Crenn of the US, Yoshihiro Narisawa of Japan and Enrique Olvera of Mexio. Leaders from related disciplines will join the prize jury as well including celebrated Mexican novelist Laura Esquivel (author of Like Water for Chocolate); Kirmen Uribe, renowned Basque novelist, poet and playwright; and Cristina Francini, an expert on International Law and Human Rights.

Learn about the incredible work of the past winner, Maria Fernanda Di Giacobbe


Food, Friends, and Moms by PW Food & Friends

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Chef’n Cob Corn Stripper, Yellow

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With a simple twist of the Cob Corn Stripper by Chef’n you can strip kernels off of corn cobs, making your next summer salad or salsa fast and easy. The stainless steel blades work hard to strip an entire cob in seconds. Just put stripper on top of cob and in one twisting/pushing motion you’ll have fresh corn to add to any meal. Top rack dishwasher safe. Choose smart, easy-to-use kitchen utensils that are built on tasteful design, new technologies, and the trusted reputation of Chef’n.

Product Features

  • Compact and easy-to-use corn stripper
  • Stainless steel blades make quick work of corn kernels
  • Easily strip corn of kernels in one twisting/pushing motion
  • Strip an entire cob of corn in seconds
  • Quickly add corn to any meal; top rack dishwasher safe


Cooking that Counts: 1,200 to 1,500-Calorie Meal Plans to Lose Weight Deliciously

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Lose weight and love it with 150+ amazingly tasty recipes and smart tips to stay on track.

Cooking that Counts delivers sustainable 1,200-1,500 calorie-controlled meal plans packed with tasty food in an easy-to-use format. Unlike other weight-loss plans that rely on processed meals and preportioned snacks, the Cooking Light solution emphasizes delicious meals prepared with whole, natural foods and teaches proper portion sizes to ensure you lose weight and keep it off, for life.

With more than 150 recipes, readers will enjoy menu variety (hopefully picking up some new favorite recipes along the way!) as well as some flexibility to enjoy desserts and alcohol while still losing weight. More than just a cookbook, the Cooking Light editors offer suggestions throughout to create full meals that meet daily calorie goals, as well as providing simple serving suggestions for sides to help readers stay on track without feeling deprived. Readers will find information about fresh, convenient options for when time is tight, including suggestions for healthy readymade foods, shopping guidance, and make-ahead tips.

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OTHERMAX Premium Silicone Kitchen Tongs Set (9″ & 12″),Heat Resistant Cooking Tongs with Silicone Tips for BBQ, Salads,Grilling,Serving and Fish Turning – Bonus Silicone Oil Brush

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Make preparing all your favorite meals easier and more efficient with versatile, heat resistant silicone tongs from OtherMax!
Whether you’re preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner, you need the right kitchen tools to help ensure it comes out delicious. That’s why you need the OtherMax Silicone Kitchen Tongs 2-Piece Set made for cooking enthusiasts and professional chefs alike.
Convenient, Durable and Ready for Everything:
Made with premium food-grade silicone scalloped heads and stainless steel handles, these ergonomically designed kitchen tongs offer a stain and odor resistant finish that’s hypoallergenic, protects your food, and is safe for your family.
Flip, Grip and Serve:
From your favorite dinner recipes to your grandma’s BBQ chicken recipe that starts with a fiery hot charcoal grill, our kitchen tongs are truly universal. They’ll help you safely turn all your meats and vegetables, pull them off hot surfaces for individual plates, or even serve salad at the dining room table.
Product Details:
·Food Grade Silicone Tips
·Stainless Steel Body
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·Safe for Kitchen Oven and BBQ Grill Use
·Non-Stick
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Package Includes:
2-Piece Silicone Tongs Set (9″ and 12″)
Silicone Oil Brush
Now to improve your food preparation in the kitchen and on the grill with this versatile 2-piece tongs set plus BONUS silicone Oil Brush from OtherMax!

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  • TONGS WITH LOCKING DESIGNING: OtherMax 9″ & 12″ silicone kitchen tongs equipped with a new Pull-Ring and soft silicone heads. The handles have soft ergonomic grips, and the ring pull lock means easy storage. Plus DISHWASH SAFE!
  • AMAZING GRIP & NON-STICK FRIENDLY: With scalloped steel heads coated in silicone, and silicone heads are firm and angled to offer amazing grip and control. Ideal Kitchen Tongs for a variety of foods, including serving and cooking foods such as salad, BBQ,grilling meat, foods, pastas, fruits and much more.
  • PREMIUM FDA APPROVED SILICONE: OtherMax silicone kitchen tongs is heat resistant to 480℉, and stain and odor resistant. Simply won’t melt, warp, rust or flake into your food like cheap metal tongs or nylon or plastic tongs. We promised the premium silicone is 100% FDA Grade and BPA Free.
  • ESSENTIAL KITCHEN UTENSILS, BUILT TO LAST: OtherMax premium tongs are made with extra thick 1.00mm stainless steel from the handles all the way to the scalloped steel heads, which are then hygienically coated in silicone so there are no removable parts for bacteria to grow. And the ring pull locking system on these tongs has special brackets to ensure a smooth, durable action that will last years.
  • FULL OTHERMAX WARRANTY: If you’re not completely satisfied with your silicone tongs purchase simply let us know and you’ll be offered a FULL refund or replacement, no questions asked. Enjoy this absolutely RISK FREE purchase today by clicking the yellow ‘Add to Cart button’ above.


Hamilton Beach Professional Dicing Food Processor with 14-Cup BPA-Free Bowl (70825)

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Bring commercial quality performance to your kitchen countertop with the Hamilton Beach Professional 14 Cup Dicing Food Processor. Designed for the accomplished home cook, this food processor includes everything you need to quickly dice, slice, shred, knead, chop, mix and puree to your exact specifications.

Product Features

  • Dice cubes, slice thick to thin, shred, knead, chop, mix and puree
  • Easy Stack & Snap assembly with no difficult twisting
  • Heavy-duty construction
  • Includes 5 attachments and storage case
  • 5 year limited warranty


How to Cook Rice Without a Rice Cooker by Erica

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Oster CKSTSTMD5-W 5-Quart Food Steamer, White

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Great for families, this double-tiered food steamer by the Oster brand combines countertop convenience with healthy options for home-cooked meals. The unit’s steaming bowl offers a 5-quart capacity, while its 2 transparent steaming bowls make it possible to see the progress of your food.

Product Features

  • Double-tiered 5-quart capacity steamer with 2 transparent steaming bowls
  • Automatic 60-minute timer
  • Auto shut-off when cycle is completed and/or water is empty
  • Power indicator light
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Double-tiered 5-quart capacity steamer with two transparent steaming bowls
  • Dishwasher-safe


DIY Tamale Kit Giveaway!

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I’ve written about Global Grub before and their wonderful DIY cooking kits. I am particularly fond of the tamale kit, which while I hate to admit it, makes better tamales better than I do. I’ve followed plenty of recipes and even have a book on tamales, but this kit is tops. The excellent chiles in the kit are what makes it so great as well as the easy to follow instructions. The kit is generally offered only seasonally at Christmas time. 

This year Global Grub has an excess of kits and with Cinco de Mayo rapidly approaching they offered me the opportunity to share some kits with you, my readers. I have 5 kits to give away! This kit is usually available from Williams Sonoma. Because they include high quality ingredients like corn husks, chiles and masa, they are best used by 7/24/17 so plan accordingly. 
The cool thing about these kits, is that you can fill the tamales with anything you like. I’ve made them with chicken, pork and even a vegetable filling with corn and green chiles. The detailed instructions ensure your tamale adventure will be a success! You can even follow along with this video. Interested in possibly hosting a tamalada? Global Grub has tips for how to Throw a Simple Tamale Party
Leave a comment and tell me where you have had the best tamales or what you would fill them with and I will chose 5 winners on Tuesday April 25th. You must have a US mailing address to win. The comment form includes a field for your email address, so no need to include it in your comment. One entry per person please. 
Good luck and happy tamale making!
Amy

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