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Diigo bookmarks 07/23/2008

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    • nectarine, mascarpone and gingersnap tart
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    • Peel and seed 4 large cucumbers. Throw into food processor.

      Grab a handful of cilantro. Throw into food processor.

      Chop 3 green onions (leave off the last few inches of tough green). Throw into food processor.

      Juice a lime. Throw into food processor. (not the lime, just the juice)

      Add some salt and pepper.

      Puree the ever-loving crap out of it.

      Taste. Juice another lime and add that.

      Add a tablespoon or two of olive oil.

      Puree some more. Taste.

      Add a 24-ounce container of fat-free, plain yogurt. Puree.

      Taste. Swoon.

      Serve with a dollop of pineapple salsa (I used Newman’s Own because I was out of homemade) and some strips of Wasa wafers or other similar light-n-crunchy bits over the top.

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  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Adapted from The New York Times, David Leite, and Jacques Torres

    If you have a kitchen scale, I highly recommend using it here. This recipe is written in both volume and weight, but I chose to use the latter, so that I wouldn’t have to mess with measuring cups. It was unbelievably quick: just put a bowl on top of the scale, tare it to zero, and go.

    2 cups minus 2 Tbsp. (8 ½ oz.) cake flour
    1 2/3 cups (8 ½ oz.) bread flour
    1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
    1 ½ tsp. baking powder
    1 ½ tsp. coarse salt, such as kosher
    2 ½ sticks (1 ¼ cups; 10 oz.) unsalted butter, softened
    1 ¼ cups (10 oz.) light brown sugar
    1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. (8 oz.) granulated sugar
    2 large eggs
    2 tsp. vanilla extract
    1 ¼ pounds bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks, preferably about 60% cacao content, such as Ghirardelli
    Sea salt, such as Maldon

    Combine flours, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Whisk well; then set aside.

    Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars until very light and fluffy, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix in the vanilla. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low; then add dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. (Unless you have a plastic guard that sits around the rim of the bowl, this will make a big mess at first, with flour flying everywhere. I found that carefully holding a dish towel around the top of the bowl helped a lot.) Add the chocolate chips, and mix briefly to incorporate. Press plastic wrap against the dough, and refrigerate for 24 to 36 hours. The dough may be used in batches, and can be refrigerated for up to 72 hours.

    When you’re ready to bake, preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the bowl of dough from the refrigerator, and allow it to soften slightly. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick baking mat.

    Using a standard-size ice cream scoop – mine holds about 3 fluid ounces, or about 1/3 cup – scoop six mounds of dough onto the baking sheet, making sure to space them evenly. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, and bake until golden brown but still soft, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack for 10 minutes, then transfer the cookies onto the rack to cool a bit more.

    Repeat with remaining dough.

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