Monday, August 16, 2010

Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

We tried this Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken from Cooking Light this weekend and it was a nice summery meal.

Photo Courtesy of Cooking Light

Pioneer Woman's Asian Noodle Saiad

I've made The Pioneer Woman's Asian Noodle Salad several times and it is so good. You can substitute whatever you have on hand for veggies and omit anything you don't have. Be warned that it makes a HUGE salad. Seriously HUGE. So unless you are having a gathering, you may want to use half the box of pasta and cut the veggie portions as well.

Photo courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

Chocolate Nutella Cookies

I made these this weekend and they were delicious!

Chocolate Nutella Cookies Recipe


  • 1 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup of white sugar
  • 1 cup of Nutella
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups, plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup of chopped hazelnuts


1 Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter in an electric mixer for 3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the sugars and Nutella and mix well, scraping down the sides of the bowl to ensure even mixing.

2 Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 30 seconds between each. Add the vanilla and mix for 10 seconds.

3 Sift together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking soda (do not skip this step as sifting eliminates clumps of cocoa). Mix into the butter mixture on low speed until fully incorporated, scraping down the bottom and sides at least once to ensure even mixing. Fold in the chocolate chips and hazelnuts and refrigerate the dough for ten minutes.

4 Spoon tablespoon-sized drops of dough onto parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 350F for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on the sheets for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Makes 6 dozen.

Recipe found on Simply Recipes