A Night with the Girlies

Our girls wanted to make dinner together tonight and learn how to make what we would eat.  They have absorbed a lot by osmosis, but don't always want to help me in the kitchen anymore.  Of course when they were little and wanted to be in the kitchen with me all the time, it took more time to clean up than it did to make anything!

This is the dinner menu they chose (after I nixed the boxed orange mac and cheese first, of course.)

Roasted Garlic with Herbed Crostinis
Poached Salmon with Rosemary, Pancetta and Mushroom Sauce
Roasted Asparagus
Baked Potatoes
Chocolate Chip Cookies made with Browned Butter and Sea Salt

And a word about the cookies.  We used the latest Cook's Illustrated recipe which promised chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside.  And does it deliver.  I'm so thankful it wasn't me testing 400 plus versions before arriving at this one.  This is the chocolate chip cookie I've been trying to create for years. 

And we may have added a new twist.  After tasting our first cooked batch I realized that with three cooks, we forgot the salt.  I sprinkled some on the top of the rest just as they came out of the oven and was it good!

Having fun with my girls

© 2009 Anne Mahle


  • irisdagmar
    April 9, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I have now made that recipe TWICE, because the first time all the cookies got eaten and I only ate ONE! I took photos today when I made them, they’ll be on my blog soon…
    They totally rock. That browned butter. Seriously. It is hard for me to stay away from the cookie dough, uncooked though.
    This is funny!

  • Annie
    April 22, 2009 at 9:47 am

    I know, the dough. RiDIculously good. I have been using brown butter in several of my baked goods. Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t think of it myself. It’s so yummy.


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