Sadelle’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Super rich and chewy, these little guys changed my entire worldview on oatmeal raisin cookies.Sadelle's Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Raisin cookies are a blasphemous lie.

At least I’ve always felt that way.  It could be that I’m used to seeing chocolate chip cookies with oatmeal, but so many times I’ve reached for a treat with that trademark oatmeal texture and dark spots, expecting to bite into delicious melty chocolate, only to come away with desiccated fruit.  So needless to say, I’m not usually a fan.  I’ll admit, there has been the occasional one that’s made me question my distaste for them, but by and large, I am unimpressed.

But these cookies have changed that.  These are amazing.  Not amazing for oatmeal raisin cookies, just flat out amazing.

We were browsing one of our favorite blogs when we stumbled across this recipe.  She had adapted it from the Sadelle’s bakery in Manhattan, and the timing was rather fortuitous as we were heading to New York a couple of weeks later to meet up with some friends.  And so on a brisk Sunday morning, wanting to conduct thorough research (for science you see), we made a little detour on our way to our favorite NYC brunch spot (Jane – go on a Sunday and order both the French toast and the BLTE – even if it’s just you) and got a cookie.

Hey, it has oatmeal, which makes it a breakfast food, and breakfast is before brunch, so you can take those judgmental stares elsewhere, m’kay?

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Red Velvet Waffle and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches

Next level ice cream sandwiches: lovely, crisp waffles with a ridiculously creamy filling.  Don’t forget the sprinkles.Red Velvet Waffle and Cream Cheese Ice Cream Sandwiches

Oh man.  You know what makes me happy?

Waffles.  Ice cream.  Puppies.  Not necessarily in that order.  But I’m starting with waffles and ice cream today because, tadahhhhhhh!  They’ve combined forces to make something even more powerful than either item alone!  WAFFLE ICE CREAM SANDWICHES!  And not just any waffle ice cream sandwich … which is not to imply that any waffle ice cream sandwich would be, you know, BAD … but these are just right up my alley.

Light and crispy red velvet waffles.

And thick and rich cream cheese ice cream.

Also, hey, sprinkles, because it’s almost Valentine’s Day!  More on those sprinkles later.

Not only do I adore waffles and ice cream, but this recipe also requires the use of my two favorite kitchen appliances.  HINT: One makes waffles.  One makes ice cream.

Interestingly, these were the two appliances that Ross used to dismiss as “unnecessary.”  But when it came time to register for wedding gifts, I insisted on including a waffle iron and an ice cream maker, and know what he says about them now?

“Oh sweetheart, you were SO INCREDIBLY RIGHT, as USUAL!”

Well, not quite.  But he’s totally come around to them.  I think the initial resistance came from the fact that his family didn’t own either one growing up, which seems crazy to me.  Then again, I grew up without a stand mixer, and I still wonder, even now, if it’s totally necessary to take up all that cabinet space… but the fact is, we use the stand mixer, and the waffle iron, and the ice cream maker in regular rotation, so for us, they’ve earned their room and board.  I say that as someone who used to live in the shoeboxiest of Manhattan shoeboxes, and someone who thinks twice and thrice (What’s four times? Fouice?) before buying anything for the kitchen.

By the way, even though a waffle iron and ice cream maker were questionable to Ross, he has found Pastasaurus to be a necessary item in our household, OBVIOUSLY LIZ.  (For the record, I’m okay with it too.)

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Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

These punched-up chicken and waffle sliders are bite-sized packages of crispy, smoky, cheesy heaven.
Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

Oh yes.  They’re here.

All week, we’ve been leading up to this big, big moment.  A big moment for the big game.  Your ultimate Super Bowl snack.

We started with these Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites.

We threw in this Bacon Jam.

We teased you with this sneak peek:

Pretzel Crusted Chicken and Cheddar Waffle Sliders with Bacon Jam

Now, FINALLY, we put them all together with cheese and carbs (or as Jim Gaffigan would say, “something…elegant”) and it made our wildest dreams come true.

Behold our chicken and waffle slider.  Or, to be more specific, our pretzel-crusted chicken and cheddar waffle slider with bacon jam and jalapenos.  Or, you know, crack.

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Bacon Jam

This bacon jam recipe creates a spread that’s smoky, salty, a little spicy, and good on literally anything.  Wait…yup, anything.
Bacon Jam

Let’s be honest.  Bacon is awesome.  Breakfast?  Doesn’t even need explanation.  Lunch?  How about a BLT?  And dinner?  I’ll take extra bacon on my cheeseburger please.  The real question is how to fit more bacon into every day.  I bring you: bacon jam.

Trust me, the photographs do not do this one justice.  It’s tough to capture the delicious nature of something that’s basically just…well…brown…but I promise it tastes like happiness.

This recipe takes a bit of time, but it’s worth it.  You get a spicy, savory spread that is great on crackers, eggs, sandwiches, biscuits, biscuit sandwiches, or pretty much anything else.  To be honest, I feel like jam is a bit misleading.  There’s no sugar added, and it’s not sweet at all.  You can adjust the spiciness by playing with the number of chipotle peppers you add.  Two is about right for me, but my tolerance for heat is not particularly high. (more…)

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites are crispy, crunchy, juicy bites of chicken, perfect to serve with your favorite dip.

Pretzel Crusted Chicken Bites

Hey folks, happy super bowl week!

That’s a thing right? No?  Well it is in our house. Especially this year with the Broncos back in it!

We support an interesting mix of teams in this household. I’m a lifelong 49ers fan. I haven’t lived in the Bay Area since I was five years old, but early habits die hard. Now that we live in Houston, I also root for the Texans–not only because it’s the current home team, but also because JJ Watt is both lovable and insane.  And finally Ross, a Denver native, has convinced me to cheer for the Broncos as well.  Out of all those teams, the Broncos were the most watchable this year–and in fact, things turned out pretty well for them, eh?  That AFC championship game?  ERMAHGERD.  Hopefully the Super Bowl is not a disappointing end to the season.  But either way, it’s our last chance to watch football for a few months, so let’s make the most of it.  With beer and snacks!

We’re going to share some reeeeeally tasty snack recipes this week on the blog, and these pretzel crusted chicken bites are a great way to kick things off.  Even better than regular old fried chicken!  And that’s a high standard.  But it’s true, and here’s why. For a party, you want to have bites you can make in advance, so you’re not trying to cook and entertain and watch the game all at once.  That’s just tricky.  And if you make or buy regular fried chicken ahead of time, it cools off and loses its crispiness.  But roll that chicken in a coating of crushed pretzel, and as it turns out, it keeps its crunch for a couple hours at room temperature.  Make it ahead and actually enjoy your own party!  Genius!
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