Archive for December 2015

Holiday Chocolate Cookie Squares: Only Three Ingredients and Delicious

If you frequent food blogs at this time of year you have probably been flooded with ideas about holiday baking.  Sugar cookies, vanilla snaps, chocolate crisps, layered cookies, cookies shaped like Christmas trees, Hanukkah dreidel cookies, Kwanzaa cookies, snowglobe cookies, reindeer cookies, snowmen cookies… cookies, cookies, cookies… cookies are everywhere! 

In case you need another idea, or are hoping to bring homemade cookies to a holiday gathering this week and can’t figure out exactly when you’ll have the time to actually bake something, here’s one more recipe to add to the mix.  This recipe is for a three ingredient cookie that is amazingly simple to make, yet is quite delicious.

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Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer is a dish you will often encounter in Indian restaurants across the US.  It is made from spinach and paneer cheese.  Pam told me that Palak is the punjabi word for spinach…so Palak Paneer is just that – spinach with paneer.  In our neighborhood, the version of Palak Paneer which seems to predominate is made from pureed spinach, and when we order it, I am always a little disappointed with the texture — too mushy.    Whenever this happens to me,  it typically sends me back to the kitchen to create my own version of the dish.

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Cumin Powder

Cumin powder is a spice that frequently used in Indian, Mexican and around the world.  You can buy it at the store, pre-ground, or if you really want to up your flavor game, try making it fresh in your own kitchen. 

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