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Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies October 27, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Desserts.
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As I’ve said before, The New Best Recipe is one of my favorite cookbooks … well, really I love Cook’s Magazine and many of the cookbooks they put out.  I decided to try their Thick and Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for my husband on his birthday.  My husband really love cookies and bars, which is why I have been making so many of them lately.

These cookies are best baked  15-16 minutes , unless you like them crispier, then bake them 2 minutes longer (although I suppose it does depend on your oven, too).  They are chewy and slightly over-sized.  This recipe makes anywhere between 15-18 big cookies, depending on how big you like them.

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2 cups + 2 Tablespoons (10 5/8 oz) unbleached flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled until just warm

1 cup packed (7 oz) light or dark brown sugar

1/2 cup (3 1/2 oz) granulated sugar

1 large egg, plus 1 large egg yolk

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease 2-3 cookie sheets.

2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a bowl.

3. Either by hand or with an electric mixer, mix both sugars and the butter.  Beat in the egg and extra yolk, and vanilla until combined.  Add the dry ingredients and beat on low until just combined.  Stir in the chips. Let the dough sit for 3-5 minutes to firm up a bit.
4.  Roll a scant 1/4 cup of dough into a ball.  Pull the ball apart, rotate the jagged sides to the top side of the cookie, and smoosh the two pieces back together.  Put on the sheet jagged side up.  This makes them look really pretty when they are done.  Space them 2-3 inches apart.

5. Bake until the cookies are light golden brown, the edges are starting to harden, and the centers are still soft and puffy, 15 – 18 minutes.  Halfway through the baking time, rotate the sheets front to back and top to bottom.  Cool the cookies on the baking sheets.  Remove them from the sheets with a wide metal spatula.

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Restaurant Review: Smoke N’ Antlers BBQ October 24, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Ames Restaurants.
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In Ames, the southwest side of town is really starting to develop. There are lots of apartments for students to live in and the bus runs right through the area, making it a great place for students to live. However, it also is developing a very nice residential area with single family homes.

Naturally, new restaurants are going to pop up in this area. One of which is a new barbeque place called Smoke ‘N Antlers. It is right next to the West Town Pub where Buckets used to be.

The restaurant is owned and operated by a man who has spent a lifetime barbequeing. He started out in Texas barbeque contests and cooking for large church groups. Then, he opened a restaurant in small town Roland, Iowa. Now they have moved it to Ames to bring the goodness of their barbeque to the college masses.

What They Offer

Smoke ‘N Antlers offers Texas Style barbequed meats and sides. They have reasonably priced sandwiches in three different sizes (1/4 lb., 1/3 lb. 1/2 lb.). They seem to have more sandwich selections than one of the other local favorites, Battles BBQ. They have sliced brisket, pork, ham, BBQ pork, BBQ beef, a brisket, pork and ham mix, as well as a two meat option.

They also have several supper options that feed anywhere from 4-6 people. They offer pork and beef ribs, lamb riblets, pork, ham, brisket, and chicken. They have a reasonably priced children’s menu with many options for kids.

Some options of ordering food from Smoke ‘N Antlers are through delivery (minimum order $15), carry-out, dine in, and even catering. They have excellent hours as well. They are open Monday-Friday 11am – 2pm & 4pm – 11pm. Saturdays they are open 11am – 11pm and Sundays they are open 11am – 9pm. You can also check out their website at http://www.smokenantlers.com/

Ambiance

Since this is a new restaurant and they just moved, I wasn’t really taking the ambiance into account. It looks like a fine place to eat and there was country music playing which makes sense since it is a Texas barbeque place. It is kind of smallish, probably a little bigger than Battle’s before they moved, if that helps.

Service

The service was good and they were very friendly. The food was ready to carry out in maybe 10 minutes and there is always the option of calling ahead for faster carry-out.

Food

We got the Chicken Special which had 2 white meat pieces and 2 dark meat pieces, 2 sides and a choice between 6 slices of Texas Toast or 4 garden salads. For our sides we chose coleslaw, baked beans, and Texas Toast.

Let me say, the chicken was excellent. It was nice and smoky and moist, for the most part. The white meat was a little dry, but still delicious. The meat alone is worth the trip.

The Texas toast was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was a lot crunchier than Battle’s Texas Toast (but I really am partial to Battle’s delicious, soft, slightly sweet, Texas Toast).

The baked beans were pretty decent, if not a little too sweet. The coleslaw was a little too onion-y for my tastes and not sweet enough, but my husband liked it.

Paying, Price and Portion Size

We paid $12.99 for the whole chicken dinner and it fed us for 2 1/2 meals. I used the smoky leftover chicken for some tortellini and chicken in a garlic-sun-dried tomato cream sauce. It was great. Then, my husband had the rest of the leftover chicken the next day.

Summary

So, you definitely get a good deal when you go here. The portions and prices are good, they are friendly, and they DELIVER! Ames really needs more food delivery options (other than pizza and Golden Wok), so I’m glad this place stepped up to the plate and I hope they continue to do so!

I would definitely go here again. I am really excited to see what their sandwiches are like and even what their ribs are like too. Definitely a great new place to check out in Ames next time you are hungry!

*UPDATE*

I went back again to pick up some of their sandwiches to try for dinner and they are awesome. I had the sliced brisket and it was the juiciest, most flavorful barbequed sandwich I had had in a long time. My husband had the BBQ pork and that was really good. Their sliced, smoked meats are exceptional!

Slashfood’s Candy Creations Day: Sweet Mix October 23, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Candy/Snacks.
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When I saw that Slashfood was having a day devoted to candy, I knew that I had to submit something. Candy is a staple at our house, which may not be a good thing, but we just can’t seem to give it up!

I work as a teacher in an elementary school. In working at my school, I have found out that teachers will eat just about anything. Some of the older teachers told me about a time several years ago when they decided to play a joke on everyone else. Earlier that day someone had left some frosting and graham cracker sandwiches in the lounge and they were gobbled up before 9:30 that day. So these two particular teachers decided that they would take some graham crackers and put fake frosting in them … Elmer’s glue! They made their treats and laid them on the same plate the others had been on. When they came to check back later, there was nothing but crumbs!

These types of jokes still happen so one should always be careful about what they decide to eat from the teachers lounge! However, you can always count on the following treat to be safe to eat. Whenever there is a special day at school, our media specialist assistant brings this sweet/salty mix. It is basically a caramely covered mix of pretzels and Chex. Add in some dry roasted peanuts and M&Ms and you have a snack mix that will be gone by noon at any school!

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Connie’s Sweet/Salty Snack Mix

Ingredients

1 1/3 Cups brown sugar

1/3 cup white Karo corn syrup

2 sticks butter or Parkay

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1 box Rice Chex

1 bag M&Ms

1/2 bag pretzels

1 jar dry roasted peanuts (optional)

Directions

Mix the Rice Chex and pretzels with your hands in a large brown paper bag or large bowl (make sure it can fit in your microwave first!) Set aside.

Bring the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup to boil in a saucepan. Boil for 4 minutes. Take the syrup off the burner and stir in ½ tsp. baking soda. It will bubble up, but keep stirring. The mixture should change color.

Pour the syrup over the Chex and pretzels in three sets, stirring between each addition of syrup. Put the bag or bowl in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir. Put in the microwave again for 1 minute, the stir. Put the bag or bowl in the microwave for a third and final time, then stir again. Empty the bag or bowl on a flat surface lined with waxed paper. Spread it out and break it up so it cools, about 10 minutes. Put the cooled mix in an airtight container and mix with the M&Ms and peanuts if desired.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup October 21, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Dinner, Product Review.
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Often, while I’m at school working as a teacher, I think about food. This may concern some parents out there, but … your kid probably doesn’t go to my school! Actually, while I’m working, ideas just kind of pop into my head. Then, on my 45 minute commute home I plan it all out. That day, the plan was Chicken and Wild Rice Soup.

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It has been cold and dreary lately in Iowa and it has really put me in a soup mood. Homemade soup is really just so easy to make. A lot of people think that a truly good soup must sit on the stove for hours cooking, but it is simply not true. Since I am usually under a time crunch during the week with all my other activities, and that day was no exception, I wanted a delicious soup in the smallest amount of time.

I’m usually very against prepackaged “Hamburger Helper-ish” types of food since I ate A LOT of it growing up. However, sometimes it is necessary to use such items to cook quickly. In this case I used one of these new Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice packets. It claims to be ready to eat in 90 seconds. I thought, well, using that in my soup would make it quicker… might as well give it a try!

It actually worked out pretty well. My only complaint was that I felt like there wasn’t enough wild rice in it for my tastes. There was plenty of long grain rice and it did its job of being rice. If I had more time, I might have done something different, but the soup was really very satisfying.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

2 Tablespoons butter

1/2 medium onion diced

2 stalks celery, sliced

3 medium carrots, diced

1 lb. chicken breast (boneless, skinless, or pre-cooked white meat)

1 1/4 cup. white wine

2 cups 2% milk

2 cups chicken broth

4 Tablespoons flour

thyme

fresh rosemary

pepper/salt

1 pkg. Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice -Wild Rice variety (or your own wild rice recipe)

If you aren’t using pre-cooked chicken, place the chicken breast in a pot and cover it with water. Set it on to boil. Cook until chicken is no longer pink in the middle. Remove to a plate and when cool enough to handle, shred it with two forks.

While the chicken is cooking chop the vegetables. Heat the milk in the microwave (this is key, or you will be stirring for a long time) Then, melt the butter in a large stock pot or dutch oven over medium heat. When the butter is melted add the onions, celery and carrots. Cook them for 5-10 minutes until onions are translucent, celery is no longer crisp and carrots are slightly soft when poked.

Add the flour to the pan and stir well. Pour in the wine and stir. Add the chicken broth and milk. Stir well. Add rosemary, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring often. Add the chicken.

Microwave the rice according to the package directions. Pour rice into the soup. Stir. Cook for 5 minutes more and serve.

Chicken Pot Pie October 8, 2006

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While at work last week, I was wondering what to make for dinner when the craving hit me. I wanted chicken pot pie. I didn’t want to make a huge amount with lots of leftovers, so I decided to make it in these ramekins that I got as a wedding present. I love breaking in new kitchen stuff and it was long time that I broke these ramekins in! I knew that I had most of the stuff at home, except chicken (plus frozen pie crust in the fridge to make it quicker) so I didn’t really spend long at the store.

This is probably the best chicken pot pie I have had. The sauce is rich and there are lots of chicken pieces. It is also pretty adaptable. You could add more vegetables and put it in a 9×13 to serve more people.  One key to making this dish quickly is making sure the liquids (except the wine) you add to the roux are warm-hot.  I heat up my milk and chicken broth ahead of time.  If you don’t you will be stirring the sauce for a long time waiting for it to boil and thicken.  Scrumptious!

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Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/3 cup flour

½ cup chopped onion

¼ cup chopped carrot

1/3 cup chopped celery

Salt

Pepper

Dried or fresh thyme (1 tsp dried)

Dried or fresh rosemary (1/4 tsp dried)

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast

1 cup chicken broth

¾ cup dry white wine

2/3 cup milk or evaporated milk

Pre-made pie dough, or your favorite pie dough recipe

Directions

Lightly oil two ramekins or a 2 qt. casserole dish. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place chicken in a 3 qt. saucepan. Add water to cover. Bring chicken to a boil and boil for 6-7 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink inside. Remove to a plate, cool and shred into bite sized pieces with two forks.

While the chicken is cooking, heat the oil in a large, wide pan. Add onion, carrot, celery and sauté for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add flour and stir to make a roux. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring.

Pour in white wine and stir. Add chicken broth, milk, thyme, rosemary and more salt and pepper. Stir well until boiling and thickened. Add the chicken and stir to coat.

Pour the mixture into the oiled dishes. Top with pie crust rolled to ¼ inch thickness. Cut 4 slits in the top with a sharp knife. Place on a cookies sheet lined with foil to catch drips. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool slightly before eating.

 

Product Review: Haagen Dazs Light Vanilla Caramel Brownie Ice Cream October 8, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Product Review.
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A week ago, my best friend and I decided to have one of those girlie times where we eat ice cream and talk. This ice cream had been on sale at Hy-vee; 2 for $5.00. So on the way to my house, she picked it up and we indulged.

My only complaint about this ice cream was that it seems like one of those products that because they reduced the fat in the ice cream, they added extra sugar. I felt like it was sweeter than it really needed to be. However, it had a good caramel swirl with yummy chewy brownies in it.  I would probably buy this ice cream again.
I don’t know if eating this ice cream would really be good for anyone’s diet, but it was pretty tasty. If you are really trying to be healthy, you should probably just have some fruit. These were the stats on the ice cream for one 1/2 cup serving: 240 calories, 11% of your total daily fat (20% saturated fat, 0 trans fats), 17% cholesterol, 12% carbohydrates, 3% sodium, 31 grams sugar, 6 grams protein.

Restaurant Review: Olde Main Brewing Co. & Restaurant October 1, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Ames Restaurants.
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Olde Main is a favorite of mine. My husband and I had our rehearsal dinner there and their environment is pretty nice. Also, I’m pretty impatient when I’m hungry, and you hardly ever have to wait to be seated there.

What They Offer

Olde Main boasts “handcrafted food” (I’m not sure what that means… isn’t most food handcrafted?), seasonal menus, an executive board room, a featured chef’s table, fresh brewed beer and root beer, a casual atmosphere, a private dining area for parties, carry out, and full lunch and dinner service. They also have delicious Black Angus Beef and Seafood. They also have a Sunday brunch where you can have as much of their delicious prime rib as you want. I will say that on Sundays their desserts and

They are open daily at 11 am and the pub is open until 2 am. They are located on Main Street and there is free parking behind the restaurant. Their restaurant is non-smoking, although I believe you can smoke in the pub (not that I smoke). Check out their decent looking website to learn a little more.

Ambiance

The restaurant has a open design with wood floors and stylish decor. Each area of the restaurant has a different feel. If you are seated near the bar there are big screen TVs with sports or TV shows on them. You could go there to watch “The Big Game” if you wanted to. Another area is away from the TVs and has booths and tables and is nice. There are two other sections that are more dimly lit and private. One has booths only and the other has tables only. The private party section is upstairs and is decently sized, though rectangular in shape.

My one complaint about the ambiance is that they have music inside their walls. If you happen to get stuck sitting next to a speaker that is hidden inside the wall, you will be forced to listen to the music being piped out of it. Sometimes I think that the music is too loud, especially if you are trying to have a conversation while sitting right next to the embedded speaker.

Service

Usually, I get pretty good service at Olde Main. As with most places, servers can be hit or miss. One time my friend ordered a beer and the waiter never brought it and forgot some other things that my friends had ordered. However, the experience I am blogging about was very good in the service area. Our waiter was great. Very friendly and honest about the menu items. I think his name was Alex. He got our drinks quickly and even apologized about only having Seafood Bisque soup (I was feeling sick and really wanted soup, but seafood bisque was NOT what I wanted). He did a nice job keeping our drinks refilled and checking to make sure everything was okay. My meat was a bit undercooked and he quickly took it back and had it cooked a little longer. He was very prompt and attentive to my five other friends and I. It took about 1/2 an hour from the time that we ordered before we got our food.

Food

I ordered one of my favorite items, the Mediterranean Salad. I apologize that I don’t have a picture of it, but next time I get it, I will take one. I always order this salad with beef. This salad comes on a huge plate with romaine lettuce, kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, tangy marinated onions, artichoke hearts and plenty of feta cheese. The beef on top came well-seasoned and warm. On first bite, I realized that my meat was really rare. I like my meat about medium rare, so as I said earlier, I sent it back and it came back medium rare and delicious. (Although my husband loved the rare piece I gave him!)

The salad comes with a tangy, vinaigrette and Mediterranean spices. It is sweet and clings to the artichokes in just the right way. I feel like some people might complain that the salad has too many salty ingredients, but I think it is an excellent balance with the tangy-sweet dressing. This is a salad I will order again and again. It is filling and tasty.

However, some meals at Olde Main are hit or miss. My friend ordered the vegetarian calzone and did not like it. It was filled with eggplant, mushrooms and other veggies. Among my friends, we have this rule that mates get first rights to their other half’s leftovers. This dish was passed from my friend, to her boyfriend, and then to our other friend that is the least picky eater I know. He is known to eat just about anything and is affectionately called “the trash compactor” because he can just keep putting food in and not get full. He can eat all of this food and still maintain his slim physique. Even he did not like this calzone. His main complaint was that it was served on a pool of runny marinara that soaks quickly into the dough and makes it soggy and slimy. It did not look or sound very appetizing (although he did finish, so it was at least edible).

For desert, I ordered the Peach Crepes. These are excellent. You get two decent sized crepes stuffed full of warm peach filling. These are then drizzled with a fantastic caramel sauce. I added a scoop of vanilla ice cream for 50 cents. They were great. My friend ordered the angel food cake with berries and deemed it, okay. It was good, but not the best thing she ever had.

Paying, Price, Portion Size

The tickets were delivered to our table by our waiter in the little leather booklets complete with a pen. It did not take too long for our waiter to run our credit card and return it to us, although it will depend on your waiter and how busy they are. I have had it take awhile to get my ticket back at Olde Main.

My salad was $7.95 + $3.95 for the added steak (you can add steak, chicken, shrimp or almond crusted duck). My peach crepes were $3.99. Sometimes Olde Main can be a little expensive but it is usually worth it.

The portion sizes at Olde Main are usually pretty good. You usually get more than you can eat, unless you are a hefty eater. However, they don’t give you a ridiculous amount of food. I was able to eat all of my salad and 1/2 my dessert.

Summary

Overall, Olde Main is a great place to go for a nice dinner or Sunday brunch. A good choice for a place to take a date, too. It can be a little hit or miss in some areas, but overall, definitely a good place to eat.

Restaurant Review: Bali Satay House October 1, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Ames Restaurants.
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On Thursday night, we went to Bali Satay House in Ames. This restaurant has been in Ames since 1992 and I had never been there (I’ve lived in Ames all my life!) However, my husband recommended it, so off we went.

What They Offer
Bali Satay house offers Indonesian and Chinese cuisine. Their menu was decently sized. They offered many house dishes and had a large vegetarian section. They also have seafood dishes, rice and noodle dishes and classic Chinese dishes. There are many bottled beers as well as plenty on tap. (Bali Satay house becomes a kind of bar in the evening and they often have live bands and entertainment). They have a medium sized wine list with whites and reds. They also have fun specialty drinks like Avocado Shakes and Tapioca Bubble Drinks. They also offer the usual soft drinks and such.

Their hours were a little confusing. They boasted that they were open 7 days a week, but then said they were closed on Sunday. Maybe they don’t serve food on Sunday. Bali Satay is also a popular place for the local college students to hang out and they have live music at least 4 nights a week. Check out their website for more information on their entertainment.

Restaurant Hours: Mon-Thurs 11-3, 5-9; Fri & Sat 11-9, Sunday -closed

Ambiance

The building is medium sized and there are booths and tables. They don’t mind shoving a bunch of tables together to serve large groups either. When I was there, they had some nice jazz playing in the background that wasn’t to loud or too soft. There is plenty of natural light coming in from the front windows. I’m not sure what it would be like at night, but it wasn’t too dimly lit. Also, I wasn’t positive on this, but I think they have wireless internet for their patrons to use…

Service

Our service was decent. Our waitress was very friendly and was able to recommend items from the menu with confidence. She also checked to make sure that it was okay that my dish had egg in it, which is nice. We seated ourselves and were seen by the waitress within 2 minutes of sitting down. Our drinks and appetizer were ordered and we were given menues. 7-8 minutes later we ordered. The waitress misheard my husband’s order so he had to wait awhile for his food to come out. My food came out after 15-20 minutes. My husband’s food came out 15-20 minutes after mine.

Food

My husband ordered Mello Yello and had no complaints. I ordered lemonade and it was about the same color as his Mello Yello. When I tasted it, I was pretty sure it wasn’t Country Time because it didn’t have the chemical-y taste, but it was extremely sweet. My husband likened it to Lemon Drop Candy in drink form, which I thought was appropriate. So, I don’t think it was homemade, but I don’t think it was regular fountain Country Time, but I could be wrong. I would not order lemonade there again.

For our appetizer, we ordered the Chicken Spring Rolls. On the plate, were two spring rolls with a little dish of sweet and sour sauce. The ingredients were wrapped in a flour-type spring/egg roll wrapper. Inside was the typical cabbage, carrots, seasoning, and of course, chicken. There was also a hard to identify purplish-black thing, which I think was mushrooms, but could have been overcooked red cabbage. Overall, they were pretty good. They were a pretty typical egg roll that I would order again.

For my entree, I ordered something called Vegetable Kwetiew. It is pictured below.

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It had thick rice noodles, tofu, egg, and a mix of vegetables (carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green onions, bok choy, and different types of mushrooms. The tofu was not overly fried or chewy (like some restaurants make it), and the vegetables were nicely steamed. It was slightly greasy, but I’ve had greasier. The one complaint I had was that it was not flavorful enough. It had a sauce with it but I would have preferred more of it. Some of the more absorbent vegetables soaked up some of the sauce and it was a slightly sweet and flavorful. Overall, it was an okay dish. It was pretty good, but I probably wouldn’t order it again. There are better things on the menu than this… like what my husband ordered…
My husband ordered Spicy Curry Lamb. I am not a big lamb fan. However, when it came it was presented beautifully and looked delicious.
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The lamb was well seasoned and extremely tender, as you can see. The meat had an excellent curry flavor that was not overpowering. You could tell that they use good curry powder. No Tones curry powder for them! The meat and sauce was not overly spicy, but spicy enough to please my husband. It was served with a pickled salad, which was spicy, and perfectly cooked white rice. I would definitely order this dish, especially if you like lamb and curry. I will certainly be trying some of their other meat and curry dishes in the future.

Paying, Price and Portion Size

Our ticket was delivered to our table by our waitress with a Blueberry Hill red and white mint. We were able to pay with a credit/debit card and we didn’t have to wait very long to get our ticket, or our card back.

They have really reasonable prices. Our meals were each $6 -$8 each and the spring rolls were around $3.00. Drinks were about $1.50 each. The total price of our meal was $20.58.

The portions were decent. They weren’t overflowing like at many typical Chinese restaurants. There was enough that you could eat and be full with maybe even some room left for dessert. I felt that our meal was worth what we paid.

Summary

Overall, I like the Bali Satay House. I would go back again and choose something off their meat menu, probably something with curry. I was pleased with their many vegetarian options and wide variety of drinks and meals. The prices are reasonable and they are friendly. I would suggest checking it out next time you are going out to eat in Ames.

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cookies October 1, 2006

Posted by Sarah in Desserts, Uncategorized.
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On Wednesday, I made one of my very favorite cookies (Chocolate Chocolate Chip) from one of my very favorite cookbooks (The New Best Recipe).  I made the cookies for a martial arts friend of mine, but also for my husband.  And, since the recipe makes so many cookies, I took some to work the next day too.  These cookies are very rich.  They have a deep chocolate flavor (enhanced by a little bit of espresso powder or instant coffee) and are deliciously chewy.  I modified the recipe a bit due to not having certain ingredients and they turned out very well.  I would say this is the best batch of these cookies I have made yet.  A few tips:  Do not over-mix these cookies or they will get cakey.  Do not over-bake these cookies.  When you take them out, they will seem under-baked, however, they will firm up as they cool.     

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Ingredients

2 cups flour

1/2 cup cocoa (preferably Dutch processed)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

16 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

An additional bag of chocolate chips (I usually use semi-sweet, although mini-semi-sweets were what I used in this recipe.  You could also use milk chocolate or white chocolate chips if you wanted)

4 large eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 teaspoons instant coffee or espresso powder

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened but still cool

1 cup packed brown sugar

1 cup white sugar

Directions

Sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.

Melt the chocolate in the microwave for 1 minute.  Stir, heat for 30 seconds longer and stir again until smooth. 

Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl, then sprinkle the espresso powder over to dissolve, set aside.

Beat the butter at medium speed for 5 seconds, until smooth and creamy.  Beat in the sugars until combined (45 sec), the mixture will look granular.  Reduce speed to low and gradually add the eggs until incorporated (45 sec).  Add the melted chocolate in a steady stream beating until combined (40 sec).  Scrape the sides and bottom with a rubber spatula.  With the mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients and mix until almost combined.  Stir in the chocolate chips.  Do NOT over-beat.  Cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature for about 30 -45 minutes until the dough is firmer.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Scoop the dough onto baking sheets with a 1 3/4 inch ice cream scoop, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart.

Bake until the edges of the cookies have just begun to set but the centers are still very soft, about 10 minutes.  Rotate the baking sheets top to bottom and front to back halfway through baking time.  Cool the cookies on the sheets about 10 minutes, then carefully remove the cookies to wire racks and cool to room temperature. 

Store in an air-tight container for 2-3 days, if they last that long… Enjoy!