Brown-eyed susans (are delicious)

And here’s the recipe, courtesy of my mother, and courtesy of Kay Ewing:

Here’s the thing: you’re going to need more of this chocolate icing. Unless you aren’t really a chocolate icing fan, in which case you are weird, but you can follow the recipe as given.

1 cup butter (I use unsalted, unlike my mother. That’s for you, Mom, because you love me even though I am a butter snob)
6 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
2 cups flour

ICING:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 – 1 1/2 tablespoons hot water

Preheat oven to 350F. Cream butter and powdered sugar until smooth.  Add vanilla, salt and flour until combined and smooth.  Roll pieces of dough in hands to form 1 inch balls. Place on greased foil lined baking sheets (or parchment paper, which doesn’t need to be greased at all. Who bakes cookies on foil? Am I being a snob again?).  Flatten slightly in the center, using your thumb to form an indentation. Bake about 15-18 minutes, just until a very light gold color.  Cool on sheets.

Make icing by stirring together all ingredients until smooth and slightly thick.  Using a small spoon, place a small amount of chocolate icing in the indentation of each cookie. Let sit until firm.  Makes about 3-4 dozen cookies. (I didn’t get that many, but my cookies may be a little on the big side. I got 30 cookies.)

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I took a cooking class and here’s what I learned about pizza!

Lessons I learned from the awesome cooking class at the Culinary Institute of Virginia:

1. Bleached flour is bad. It’s even illegal in Europe.

2. All-purpose flour is a lie, particularly in the South. Use bread flour for pizza dough.

3. Whole wheat flour is not that much healthier than the other stuff.

4. If you really want to make awesome pizza, you have to buy a pizza stone. Having an oven lined with fire-bricks also helps, but is not necessary.

5. Learning how to make pizza dough is also apparently a sure-fire way to impress people. I’ve never gotten so many comments or likes on a facebook post.

The greatest chocolate chip cookies EVER

These are so amazing, I can’t believe I actually made them. I wish I could take credit for the recipe, but that honor goes to culinary genius David Leite.  These cookies may hold the answer to world peace.  Thank you, David, for creating such a wonderful recipe.

Awesome, splendiferous chocolate chip cookies recipe found here.  Buy the expensive chocolate.  Wait the whole 36 hours (it will almost kill you, but then the cookies will revive you).  And then don’t share the cookies with anyone else.

Norfolk food…so far

Here’s what I’ve tried and enjoyed in Norfolk so far…

Granby Street Pizza– delicious NY style pizza

The Green Onion– cute and good tomato soup

Luna Maya– omg. this place is awesome. the tres leches cake is definitely what you eat in heaven after you have the pasta from Filomena’s in DC.

The Donut Dinette- I recommend the pancakes and the donuts. They don’t have a website.  Or a restroom.  But it’s still worth it.

I found a few Thai places that look good.  Time for some yellow curry.

DC fooood!

Love DC. Need to live there. I wouldn’t gain any weight from all the good food because a DC block is roughly the equivalent of three normal blocks.  So, yeah, when someone tells you “Oh, it’s only 3 blocks away”- laugh in their faces.

Here’s the amazing food I had:

Old Ebbitt Grill: Apparently this is the hot spot for the big wigs. Presidents have eaten here. It’s kind of a big deal. The burger is really good, and the scotch selection looked nice. It was only lunch, so I didn’t indulge. Even I cannot drink scotch that early in the day.

Oyamel: So, they make a margarita with salt air. And this is like the greatest idea anybody ever had since they came up with margaritas.

Zaytinya: Turkish/Greek/Lebanese food. Best hummus ever. Best falafel ever. Best everything ever.

Baked & Wired: Cupcake place in Georgetown.  Georgetown is the greatest place.  (Sidenote: lots of superlatives in this post) These cupcakes are the bomb dot com. Get Karen’s Birthday cupcake. So good.

Filomena’s: Oh. my. god. The rapture may have actually happened because I am sure this pasta is what you eat in heaven all the time. And you never get full and you never gain weight.

I made cookies!

And I’m sharing the recipe, along with my tweaks:

1 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
Cream butter and sugars together.

2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
Add eggs and vanilla to butter/sugar mixture.

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Mix dry ingredients together and then add to wet.

2 cups quick cooking oats
1/2 to 1 cup chocolate chips (your taste)
Add oats and chips to dough.

Scoop in heaping teaspoonsful and bake at 350F for 12 minutes.

They’re called Cowboy Cookies.  I don’t know why.  Here’s what I changed: I added a little Vietnamese cinnamon, and I cut back just slightly on the sugar.  (Maybe about 3/4 cup for each).  This makes a ton of cookies.  That is the most exact number you’re getting because I’m not going to count how many cookies I have.

Richmond: foodie paradise :)

I hope Norfolk has such good food.  Here are some of the places I’ve eaten at so far…

Q Barbeque: um, yeah, it’s pretty amazing. And the sign has a pig snout that is adorable.

Kitchen 64: mmm… pancakes. And mimosa pitchers. Yes, a whole pitcher of morning alcohol.  Ashley was happy.

Frank’s West Ristorante Italiano: New York-style pizza in Virginia.  Delicious.

Norfolk, you have a lot to live up to.