Chocolate Chip Cookies

After decades of noodling around with chocolate chip cookie recipes, this is my final version. It’s very, very good. When it comes to outstanding c2 cookies with a hint of caramelized flavor, superior ingredients and resting the dough are what makes the difference.

A2’s Incredible C2 Cookies
Makes about 28 huge or 48 regular-sized cookies

3 cups unbleached pastry flour … Read more

Eggs Benedict

Decadence is what makes eggs Benedict a star of the brunch table. To get there, order and timing are key (never fear, it’s all laid out in the instructions).

Once you’ve mastered this basic version, you can explore its variations: Add sliced avocado, or swap in some smoked salmon (eggs Hemingway) or creamed spinach for the Canadian bacon (eggs Florentine). … Read more

Boston Blueberry Muffins

This muffin recipe takes its inspiration from of the department store blueberry muffin recipes of Gilchrist’s, the Ritz-Carlton, Jordan Marsh, and Filene’s. This produces a very thick batter and the finished muffins are scone-like. They brim with blueberries…which is the whole point, right?

Boston Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 30 regular-sized muffins (half-recipe yields about a dozen)

3
 cups sifted all-purpose flourRead more

Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Are you a teetotaler? Maybe just taking a break from booze? There are hundreds, if not thousands, of recipes for non-alcoholic cocktails, punches, spritzers, mulled drinks, and cordials on the ‘net, but this is a list of well-reviewed non-alcoholic brands for some pre-made drinking pleasure.

FLAVORED SPARKLING WATERS

bubly (apple, cherry, grapefruit, lemon, lime, mango, orange, strawberry)

LaCroix Sparkling WaterRead more

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

You really must make this. It’s luscious and seductive and irresistible. It’s rich and decadent and delicious. It’s lushly salty-sweet. Moan-inducing.

Salted Caramel Ice Cream

1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
2-1/4 cups pasture-raised heavy cream, divided
1/2 teaspoon Fleur de Sel sea salt (on Amazon. It really does make a difference)
1/2 teaspoon pure Madagascar vanilla extract
1 cup whole pastured-raised … Read more

Low Calorie, Low Fat, Healthier Substitutions

Here are some ideas to reduce calories and fat in recipes. I’ve also added healthy substitutions for general food categories, as well as restaurant food substitutions.

But remember—if you try to avoid fat by opting for highly processed foods that are labeled as low-fat or fat-free, you will likely find that the sugar content increases. This can cause inflammation, weight … Read more