Friday, April 24, 2015

Recipe Review...."Brownie Cookies"

I found a recipe I wanted to try on Pinterest. Brownie Cookies from Pure and Yummy I studied the recipe and gathered my ingredients.....

Brownie Cookies

½ cup butter
4 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 cups (18 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
4 large eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine butter, unsweetened chocolate, and 1 ½ cups chocolate chips in a large heavy saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until butter and chocolate melt; let cool.

Combine flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl, set aside.

Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla at medium speed with an electric mixer. Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture, beating well. Then add the chocolate mixture and beat well. Stir in remaning 1 ½ cups chocolate chips.

Scoop dough onto baking sheets 1 inch appart. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Cool slightly on baking sheets; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

 So what do I give this cookie on my baking scale?  10/10!  Soft yummy cookie.  Everyone at the office wanted the recipe, that is always a good sign.  I will be making these again.
Try a new recipe.  Happy Baking Everyone. 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Restaurant Review..Cafe Bistro at the Streets at Southpoint

We have a very nice mall here in Durham, The Streets at SouthpointOne of the restaurants that my daughter and I enjoy going to is Cafe Bistro found in the Nordstrom Department Store.  There are many dinning options at Southpoint and this is one of our many favorites. 

"Enjoy delicious food and drinks at a Nordstrom near you. Featuring fresh ingredients,
 our menus vary by restaurant type, season and region. Our coffee bars 
offer handcrafted beverages prepared by skilled baristas."
(Quote from the Nordstrom Website)
My daughter usually gets the, Roasted Chicken and Herb Goat Cheese Sandwich $11.25
Served with bistro french fries and kalamata olive aioli.

It is yummy. I love the aioli dipping sauce that comes with the fries.  I could eat that all day:-)
The last time we went I decided to try the Margherita Pizza $10.95

Yes, we had another great meal at the Cafe Bistro.  Next time you are at the mall I suggest you give it a try.  I have never been disappointed.
Happy Eating!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Restaurant Review..Harborview Restaurant and Lounge, Charleston SC

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Charleston S.C.  I decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Riverview just across the river from Charleston.  I would go to my all day conference and then head back to the hotel where I would enjoy an amazing view of the city and a wonderful meal. Here is a description from their website….
"Harborview Restaurant and Lounge commands the most spectacular views of the Ashley River and the Charleston Skyline.  The Holiday Inn Riverview was specifically designed to take full advantage of the natural beauty of the region and provide an exceptional view to each guest.  With east to west views, sunrise breakfast and sunset dinning at the Harborview Restaurant & Lounge are a must.  Indulge yourself with our mouth watering southern style menu while enjoying "the view"."

The view…(It was rainy and overcast the entire length of my stay, but still beautiful)

The food…..
"Harborview Chicken"
Grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed mushrooms, onions, peppers, and demi glaze served
with red skin mashed potatoes and green beans.
It was Yummy 
"Grilled Shrimp"
Served with red rice and coleslaw
I was not a huge fan of the rice, although I ate nearly all of it, but
the shrimp was amazing.
"Shrimp Penne"
Shrimp with Alfredo sauce, penne pasta, red onion and zucchini
I must say, this was probably my favorite meal.  Creamy and delicious
Had to have wine with every meal.  My own personal rule:-)
So if you are in Charleston and want to enjoy a very nice meal with a lovely view of the city I suggest you visit the Harborview Restaurant and Lounge.  
Get out and try a new restaurant!