Thursday, October 11, 2007

Chocolate Chocolate Monster Cookies

Well at least that's what I am calling them! The recipe is actually a "create your own cookie" base dough. I just picked the mix in's. I made these cookies to send to my sister who is going to school in Baltimore (soooooo far away!). I call them monster cookies because of the cute orange and black m&m's with jack o'lantern faces on them.

Chocolate Chocolate Monster Cookies
(base dough recipe from The Cookie Bible

1 recipe "create your own cookie" chocolate cookie dough
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup M&M's


Garlic Studded Pot Roast

Saturday evening we had my in-laws over for dinner. We had some errands to run so I wanted to make something that didn't take a long time to prep. It also had to be something that I KNEW would be good but also blog worthy (since I haven't updated at all in October). The recipe that fit the bill was my Aunt Ari's Garlic studded pot roast (and I'm adding this post at work so the recipe below is how I remember it not the way she wrote it). I served it with mashed potatoes and snow peas.

Ari's Garlic Studded Pot Roast
3-4 lb chuck roast
24 cloves of garlic, peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cube of beef bouillon and 2/3 cup hot water or 2/3 cup beef broth
fresh thyme and rosemary

Start by using a knife to create 24 holes in the roast, about an inch and a half deep. Stuff the garlic cloves into the holes. Season the outside of the roast with salt and pepper. In a dutch oven, heat the olive oil until it ripples. Brown each side of the roast for 4-5 minutes. Don't be afraid to let the meat get really brown, this is what makes it so good! When the meat is brown pour beef broth over the meat (to come up about an inch) and put the fresh herbs around the meat. Reduce heat to medium low and cook for 3 to 4 hours or until meat is tender.

Cooks note - I do not have a dutch oven so I just browned the meat and transferred to a covered dish in my oven. I cooked it at 425 for 20 minutes then reduced the heat to 325 and cooked for 3 1/2 hours. I also made a gravy with the pan drippings!