Gingerbread

Yum yum! I actually didn’t know there was an original version of gingerbread that is not in cookie form! As easy as brownies and just as delicious as the cookies. It was a hit everywhere I took it. It also freezes well.

1. Doubled the spices per the comments.
2. Used unsulphured molasses per the comments.
3. Used an 8 x 8 instead of a 9 x 9 pan, which was fine. It did come out pretty think though!
4. Weirdly, despite (3), I checked the gingerbread after 45 minutes and it was definitely done (the instructions say bake for an hour).

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/7322/favorite-old-fashioned-gingerbread/

Mexican Wedding Cookies

My dad loves these, and I made them for him for Christmas. I didn’t have 3 hours to chill the dough, so I froze it, put it in the fridge, then let it thaw a bit on the counter. Worked perfectly.

Also toasted the nuts before adding them in and rolled the cookies in a mixture of powdered sugar and cinnamon. Might experiment with some of the variations in the comments, like adding a mix of almond and vanilla extract and adding some spices directly to the dough.

Update: Toasting the nuts ahead of time didn’t make much of a difference. The oven does that job pretty well haha. This time I replaced the water and vanilla extract with bourbon and added a little cinnamon to the dough. Kept the powdered sugar plain with no spices. These turned out better than last time. I can’t taste the bourbon outright, but there is some depth of flavor that wasn’t there before. Yum!

Also, these seem to spread out more than I remember. When you roll them in sugar while they are still a little warm (per the comments), handle with care. They are still a little soft. But they will cool down.

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/15542/mexican-wedding-cookies/

Potato and Goat Cheese Frittata

Great meal template, since it turned out fantastic and I substituted a ton of ingredients. Though it does use a ton of eggs (9)! It did give me 6 slices, which with a side salad made for 6 meals. And it was pretty fast.

I basically didn’t have any fresh herbs on hand, so I used some dried rosemary when I fried the potatoes in the beginning. Also did not remove the skins, that always seems nutty to me when that is where all of the nutrients are. Used queso fresco instead of goat cheese. Delicious!

Also, use the deep dish stainless steel skillet, it’s the right size (rather than the two cast iron ones).

http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-fresh-herb-potato-and-goat-cheese-frittata-222817

Date, Feta and Cabbage Salad

Ok, so I admittedly substituted almost every single ingredient in this salad and it turned out kind of weird. I used green cabbage and queso fresco and peanuts instead of purple cabbage, feta and sesame seeds. It was too sweet with the dates, but I wonder if that’s because it really should not sit over night, like maybe next time just add in the dates as you go so they don’t overpower. And I will try it with sesame seeds, I think that would be a big improvement over peanuts.

One big plus was how easy this came together, so I’d definitely like to give it another go.

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2015/11/date-feta-and-red-cabbage-salad/