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$20 OR LESS : MIAMISBURG , Scrambler Marie’s

Sundays.

A day for rest, relaxation, and BRUNCH.

Woke up this morning daydreaming about eggs.

And mimosas.

Lots of mimosas.

There are certainly places in the Miami Valley with mimosas for brunch, but bottomless drinks I have yet to encounter (If you know of a place with bottomless mimosas for Sunday brunch, please let me know!).

But countless places for eggs. And the words appeared in my head like a cloud: “Scrambler Marie’s.”

A view from my table
A view from my table

I still hadn’t been there yet, and decided today was the day.

If you haven’t been yet, it’s in Miamisburg diagonally across the street from Lexis Nexis headquarters in the strip called “The Exchange.”

Situated on the corner of one of the strip mall facets of “The Exchange” next to an Indian food restaurant (Namaste India, a great one I’ll add), and a nail salon, you can’t miss it when you’re driving up 741 towards Austin Landing from the Dayton Mall.

The atmosphere:

The view from my table.
The view from my table.


When you walk in, you’ll immediately notice how bright it is. With windows surrounding the front walls of the restaurant, along with the brightly painted colors of the walls along with artwork lining those walls, its atmosphere is warm and inviting. There are tables of many different sizes all over the restaurant. It made me think of a puzzle, with different sections bound together by an oasis of bright colored planters at the top of these sections. I was seated in the far back corner of the restaurant. I had gotten there in the early afternoon, and I noticed empty tables in my section covered with remnants of what appeared to be families who had eaten there. The waitstaff eventually cleaned those tables up. Pleasant classical music played on the speakers above. The table I sat at was really big (seated 6), and had a cute little plant on it at the end, along with the typical diner accommodations (jelly/salt/pepper/sugar). There were also creamers in a little dish on the table, including french vanilla!

 

What I ate/drank: Regular coffee with French vanilla creamer & a South of the Border omelette (Chorizo sausage, green chilies, onions, salsa & cheese, topped with sour cream and chives), hash browns, biscuit & butter.

Price: 

Coffee – $2.29

South of the Border meal – $8.79

Total plus tax – $11.88

My thoughts:

A few minutes after I sat down, I was quickly greeted by a friendly server who immediately asked if I wanted coffee.

Any place that serves you coffee and water in an individual coffee pot / caraf like this, gets automatic points in my book.

photo 2(1) photo 1(2)Never had to worry about asking for refills during my time there, as you had it right in front of you. The coffee pot gets you about 3.5-4 cups, which is perfect for an individual or for two (I definitely drank my entire coffee pot).

Glancing over the menu, I knew I wanted eggs but couldn’t pinpoint what to get. If this ever happens to you, ask your server what they recommend. I had wanted an omelette, and my server recommended the South of the Border omelette to me. I’m so glad I listened to her.

South of the Border omelette with hash browns & biscuit.  $8.79
South of the Border omelette with hash browns & biscuit.
$8.79

Not too long after I ordered, this beautiful plate came to my table.

Two top criteria for a good omelette in my eyes are the eggs (are they moist/fluffy or flat/dry), and flavor (is it flavorful or bland).

This omelette is what an omelette should be.

The eggs were moist and fluffy, and not too oily/greasy. Each bite was PACKED with flavor, especially when you had the spicy, yet earthy kick of the chorizo sausage. Huge chunks of sausage in each bite, along with the massive, gooey blend of the cheeses on top and in the middle of the omelette.

I was introduced to salsa and eggs several years ago at a Waffle House. My dad and I were taking a road trip from Myrtle Beach, S.C. back to Long Island, and stopped at a Waffle House. I found myself pouring salsa and/or hot sauce on my eggs and grits there, as it was conveniently on the table. I’ve been doing it (for the most part) since.

The big chunks of tomato in the salsa along with the onions and herbs mixed together well with the rest of the flavors. And the sour cream and chives on top of the omelette were like the icing to a cake: magic.

The hash browns at first glance looked similar to those of the homefries at Friendly’s. They were alright, some had a little crisp to them, some didn’t. They weren’t greasy, but I added pepper and ketchup to them for extra flavor.

My biscuit was good, especially with the butter. If you order a biscuit from its “bread pantry” (when you order omelettes you pick something from its “bread pantry” along with a “Scrambler Side”), it comes with a little packet of honey. I opted out of using honey, thought that would be too sweet. It wasn’t super flaky, but for what it’s worth, it was good.

Why you should go:
You need to go for the eggs. Hands down. Fluffy and packed with flavor. You also need to come if you’re a coffee lover and would like your own little pot of coffee to start your day. The atmosphere is relaxed, and you’ll find people of all ages and groups big or small inside this bright, airy establishment. There’s also the option of sitting outside, which I was tempted to do on this nice cool day. It’s a no frills breakfast/brunch/lunch place with good food at good prices. There’s options for your eggs: from omelettes to skillets to “benny’s” (eggs benedict), and if you order a full order of pancakes or waffles it comes on a “bottomless” plate. There’s also a selection of burgers/sandwiches if you’re looking for lunch. With locations not only in the area but in other parts of Ohio, it’s convenient too!

Location/Hours:

Scrambler Marie’s

9600 Springboro Pike (RT 741)
Miamisburg, Ohio 45342
(937) 439-2685

6:30 a.m. to  3 p.m. daily

PINTEREST DINNER: Crock Pot Paleo Beef Stew

Eating out of convenience is my motto.

And easy cooking for me, a single on-the-go chickie in Ohio, is a huge plus.

A snow storm is supposed to move into the Dayton area tonight. And with that, I thought about beef stew for dinner, to eat warm & hearty tonight. I’m craving it!

As I was searching Pinterest for recipes, a thought prevailed on me:

“Why don’t I make a paleo recipe?”

While I’ll admit, I by no means stick to any one diet or another (I love my sweets!), I love trying new things, healthy or not, and paleo is definitely one of those healthy things that’s really good and I recommend!

The paleo diet, according to thepaleodiet.com, says the following about what the diet actually consists of:

“The Paleo Diet is based upon eating wholesome, contemporary foods from the food groups our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have thrived on during the Paleolithic era, the time period from about 2.6 million years ago to the beginning of the agricultural revolution, about 10,000 years ago. These foods include fresh meats (preferably grass-produced or free-ranging beef, pork, lamb, poultry, and game meat, if you can get it), fish, seafood, fresh fruits, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and healthful oils (olive, coconut, avocado, macadamia, walnut and flaxseed). Dairy products, cereal grains, legumes, refined sugars and processed foods were not part of our ancestral menu.”

Thought this was interesting too, the website also says:

Decades of research by Dr. Loren Cordain and his scientific colleagues demonstrate that hunter-gatherers typically were free from the chronic illnesses and diseases that are epidemic in Western populations, including:

  • Obesity
  • Cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis)
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune diseases (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, etc.)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Acne
  • Myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma
  • Varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux
  • Gout

After browsing and browsing I came across a fabulous recipe by another fellow Ohio blogger, Tales of a Closet Homemaker.

Truly I feel this was a case of fate.

Here’s her fabulous paleo recipe that I’m trying out tonight (with the link to her post):

Crock Pot Paleo Beef Stew

Ingredients:

2lbs beef stew meat

6 stalks of celery, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 pack mushrooms, chopped

1 bag baby carrots, chopped (4 or 5 whole)

1 bag frozen peas

3 potatoes diced (skins on)

2 TBS minced garlic

1 can diced tomatoes(or 1 1/2 cups)

1 can crushed tomatoes (or 1 1/2 cups)

1 cup beef broth

2 TBS Parsley (dried)

2 TBL Basil (dried)

1 1/2 TBL Sea salt

1 TBL Pepper

Instructions:

Throw it all in the crock pot (this will fill a 5 qt to the very top).  Cook high 4-6 or low 7-10.  You can’t really overcook this one, and it can be assembled the night before and left in the refrigerator.

Here’s how I’m doing it:

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The top left picture has most of the ingredients. I used:

  • Lean Angus beef stew meat (I love lean meats and saw this on sale at Kroger today, got very excited!)
  • A can of crushed tomatoes
  • A can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • Two sweet potatoes, chopped (sweet potatoes are hard to chop when uncooked, do you agree? I used these instead of regular potatoes. Very paleo 🙂 )
  • A pack of mushrooms, chopped
  • 7 stalks of celery, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped

The top right picture has the spices, I used:

  • 2 TBS parsley (dried)
  • 1 TBS Italian Seasoning spices, Garlic & Herb ( I didn’t have basil so opted for this instead)
  • 1 TBS black pepper
  • 1/2 TBS salt (the less salt the better in my opinion)
  • A little over 2 TBS chopped garlic (I loveee garlic.)

The bottom picture: I loaded all of the ingredients into my crock pot (with a liner in) and am going to cook it on high for 4-6 hours.

Excited to show you the final result!

I’ll post a picture later!

In the meantime, bon appetit and Happy Crocking! (And thank you, Tales of a Closet Homemaker for providing a fun recipe to try tonight!)

Cool Article(s) of the Week 2/23-3/1

HAPPY MARCH!

Today I have four very cool articles that will absolutely knock your socks off, foodies.

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The first one having to do with a snack most of us have eaten in our lifetimes: popcorn.

But I’m not talking movie theater popcorn, I’m talking the microwave popcorn bags you buy at the store and hope you don’t either under cook (with lots of unpopped kernels left in the bag) or overcook (blackened popcorn).

Photo Credit: whirlpool.com
Photo Credit: whirlpool.com

Michigan-based Whirlpool has come out with a new microwave that actually listens to the sounds of cooking to tell when something is done.

The article I found from The Daily Meal describes the microwave’s AccuPop technology for popcorn, that “can help the microwave adjust just by listening to and counting the time, between kernel pops.”

How cool is that?!Read on to find out what else it can do, and how you can buy it yourself!|||||One of my favorite quotes of all time: “If music be the food of love, play on.” Shakespeare truly has it right, and it goes along with the next article I’m sharing with you.
Food Network is holding its first EVER concert, as I discovered in an Eater article.

Photo Credit: foodnetworkinconcert.com
Photo Credit: foodnetworkinconcert.com

And it involves both music and food events!They’re taking on the concert scene at Ravinia, which is a music festival just outside Chicago.Headlining the music portion: JOHN MAYER.And there will be food demonstrations too throughout the day, from Food Network personalities such as Anne Burrell, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jeff Mauro and Marc Murphy. This foodie/music lover is quite excited about this and if you are too, click here to sign up via Food Network to get additional information about tickets, which go on sale in April.

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Have you ever been to a grocery store that is just, magical?Stew Leonards is that place for me. Growing up in Connecticut I always had so much fun wandering down the maze of an aisle that is Stew’s, with the really cool animatronic characters that would sing to you throughout the store (I know the songs – “We’re Dole fresh vegetables we’re good for you!”). It truly is the Disney World of grocery stores as many say.eatalyjpegEataly, a really cool Italian market in New York City serving up fresh Italian goods, is planning to build a theme park in Italy, which is indeed all about food, according to an article from Eater. And it’s being called the “Disneyland of Food.”Can we say awesome?! According to the article, “The nearly 20-acre park will build “restaurants, grocery stores, food labs, and an aquarium” on grounds that are currently occupied by unused warehouses.”Eataly’s planning to call the park Fico Eataly World, and according to the article, is hoping to open in November 2015. |||||And for my Dayton friends, EXCITING news this week from the fabulous guys of Fusian.

Photo Credit : fusian.com
Photo Credit : fusian.com

Fusian, the customizable sushi spot in Dayton, Cincinnati and Columbus just announced officially this week they’re going to open its newest location in Washington Township, O.H.!Zach, Josh and Stephan write on its website that they’re coming to the brand new Oak Creek Crossing retail development that will also house the brand new Whole Foods Market.

The guys also go to add, “We love Dayton… it’s where we grew up, and it’s where we consider home. Our continued efforts to bring our food and our company to new markets would not be possible without supportive communities, a great team, and amazing customers!”

So more awesome sushi is coming to the Dayton area, get excited! I am.

-Exciting news all over. Eat, drink and be merry 🙂

SWEET TREATS: Oreo Brownies

My brother and one of my best friends are coming to town this evening via road trip. Love you both 🙂

In the past day or so, I’ve been envisioning in my head what I could bake them as a “Welcome to Ohio” surprise.

My mind immediately went to Oreo’s.

I’m very, very close with my family. I love my family very much. I love my brother very much, and one of the things we always do together when we see each other is late at night, we watch TV shows, hang out, and have cookies and milk. Usually, it’s between Oreo’s, some sort of chocolate chip cookies (be it Wegman’s brand, Pathmark brand, etc.), some sort of dessert with chocolate in it. We’ve inducted Aisha into this tradition as well. 🙂

So as I LOVE brownies, I thought, why not make some Oreo Brownies?

When I was younger, there was a boxed mix of Oreo Brownies that were probably some of the best brownies I’ve EVER had. I ALWAYS looked forward to those brownies. Soft, moist, fudgy, warm (!) chocolatey brownies, with a glaze on top. Heaven!

But ever since then, I’ve never seen that boxed mix in stores. I’ve seen pre-packaged wannabes (already baked), but nothing compares.

So tonight, I attempt to make some yummy Oreo brownies, via one of my new favorite hobbies, Pinterest. 🙂

Thank you so much, Suburban Coupon Mom, for your post, and for the inspiration!

Here is her recipe for Oreo brownies:

2 boxes of brownie mix ( I used Ghiradelli) and bought a family sized box of Oreos because they were on sale!!

1/2 Cup of Water

2/3 Veggie Oil

2 Eggs

1 sleeve of Oreos crushed

CREAM TOPPING

1/2 Stick of Butter

1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

2 Tble spoons of Milk

1 to 1 1/2 cup powder sugar.. add gradually and check for consistancy

I’ve made a few modifications. Instead of using two boxes of brownie mix, I went for one. My favorite go-to brownie mix I’ve been using as my base at the store is Betty Crocker Ultimate Fudge (with Hershey‘s Fudge, yum!)

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Mix the brownie mix as per usual using the ingredients listed on the box (water, vegetable oil, egg, fudge packet, mix).

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Tonight I decided to use my brownie pan for the occasion. As it has three rows (for easier slicing), I greased the pan with butter, then put some of the mix in my pan.

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You could get creative with exactly what kind of Oreo to buy (there are so many flavors now). My brother loves Double Stuf’s, but tonight at Kroger I discovered there are Oreo’s a step up from Double Stuf, called Mega Stuf! (Can you believe it?!) 🙂

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I layered a row of Oreos into my pan and then put the remaining brownie mix on top. You’re going to have to make a judgment of how much to put in each row. This time around for me, there wasn’t enough batter left to cover the Oreo’s, but that’s okay. We’ll see how the batter forms around the cookie.

I’m also not following a specific “done” time. My first aim was at 25 minutes at 350. From then on, I kept checking with a fork into the middle (if it comes out clean, it’s done!).

As of 12:53 a.m.: 25 minutes baked at 350 degrees, stuck the fork in, came out a little covered in batter.

Put timer on for 7 more minutes.

Second check: 1:01 a.m. – still not 100 % there yet. Putting on another three minutes.

Third times the charm: 1:05 a.m. – dunzo!

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While I’m letting those cool down a bit, I’m starting up the glaze. Instead of making the glaze directly in the pan, I’m going to do another double boiler, only because I don’t want the glaze burning or sticking in a pan.

I mix all ingredients as per the recipe above and put it in the double boiler:

IMG_4048I put the half stick of butter in the bowl and melted it on close to high temperature on the stove…

IMG_4049Then I got the vanilla out. 🙂

IMG_4050As soon as the butter melts, mix the vanilla, and milk together, stirring constantly.

Then, add the confectioners sugar slowly. It’ll turn into the glaze-like consistency, like this:

IMG_4055IMG_4056I tested the glaze, it is DELICIOUS!

IMG_4057Here is the final product. I poured the glaze on the brownies and spread evenly.

Let cool, slice up and serve.

Enjoy!

 

Midnight Snack: ABO Balls

Ever since I recently wrote about the PBNO Balls I made, I haven’t stopped eating nut butters since.

(Nut butters meaning peanut and almond butter.)

After I wrote that post, I made my way to Trader Joe’s one night after work. My mission was clear: find some amazing almond butter to bring home.

I found myself in the nut butter part of one of its aisles staring at all of the different kinds of nut butters. I was fascinated. There were all kinds of varieties of not only nuts, but creamy or chunky choices too. I was then approached by a very friendly employee who guided me in my search. We spoke for several minutes about which almond butter I should choose: creamy, chunky, sea salt, no sea salt.

After showing me the several types the store had, I ended up choosing the creamy one with sea salt in it (see picture).

If you asked me if I prefer creamy or chunky nut butter, honestly I have no preference. I love both just the same.

I’ll admit, I was curious about the salt content in the butters while standing there speaking to the employee. However, the man assured me that there wasn’t a ton of salt in the salted almond butter if you’re watching your salt (if you’re curious now too, it has 60 mg of salt in a 2 tbsp serving, not bad!), and the non-salted one doesn’t have that same flavor the salty one has.

The night I bought it, I opened the jar and mixed it for awhile with a spoon (as the oil of the natural butter can separate). I haven’t had almond butter in a long time, and to take that first taste was magical. A very grainy texture, with a hint of that sweet-salt taste, but not overly sweet.

Rich.

Thick.

Delicious.

So now, I’ve been alternating these past few weeks, between having a spoonful of almond butter on occasion, or having a spoonful of peanut butter with an oreo placed in the middle of the spoon on another occasion.

Which brings me to tonight’s midnight craving. My love of chocolate was calling my name, and I immediately started thinking about the almond butter and how I could combine the two to make ABO Balls.

My next thought: “Hey, I can put these in the freezer to harden them up a bit!”

And here’s what resulted:

ABO Balls.

ABO Balls (a sister to PBNO Balls):

-1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter of your choice (I chose Trader Joe’s creamy almond butter with sea salt)

-2 chocolate sandwich cookies (I chose some Oreo Double Stuf’s. Oh, yes.)

-chocolate syrup (for decor)

Method:

1. Crush the chocolate sandwich cookies onto a plate.

2. Spoon the almond butter on top of the cookies.

3. Roll almond butter and oreo’s together to make two ABO Balls.

4. Place ABO Balls in freezer (covered in plastic wrap) for 20-30 minutes (you can even let them sit for longer if you want them a little crunchier).

5. Take ABO Balls out of freezer and spritz a little chocolate sauce on top for decor.

6. Enjoy!

These balls, like the PBNO Balls, had a great texture and a great balance of sweet and savory. Because this nut butter in particular was grainy and thicker than a regular store-bought nut-butter, it thickened up quickly and very well in the freezer. It had a good consistency to pick up in your hands and not get too messy.

You’ll still want that mug-o-milk to wash it all down!

A fun, quick, easy snack to make in the middle of the night, or any time of day.

Enjoy!

Live Tweet Food Reviews!

The waffle with the gingerbread spread - Wafels & Dinges NYC

Within the past week or so I’ve been trying out something new in addition to blogging. A new experiment per se, regarding my food reviews. I’ve been live tweeting reviews from restaurants and food trucks in my travels!

So far I’ve reviewed three places in NYC: the Morris Truck that serves delicious grilled cheeses and an amazing homemade hot chocolate with cinnamon fluff (that I’m obsessed with!), Korilla BBQ where I tried one of its burritos that reminded me of a mix between a fancy moo shu and a Vietnamese spring roll, Wafels and Dinges where I had one of its Belgian waffles covered in a gingerbread spread that reminded me of peanut butter minus the nuts, and tonight I reviewed the Bagels ‘N A Whole Lot More store in Stony Brook on route 347 which had an amazing crowd, a wonderful sandwich deal and great service.

 

The burrito I had at Korilla BBQ, NYC

I am having a blast writing these, as they’re even faster ways to let you know what I’m eating!

For all of my latest quick updates and foodie-tweets, please check out my Twitter, either at the link above in my blog at the top right hand corner, or click here.

I look forward to having you join the food conversation via another wonderful social network.

LONG ISLAND — Freshly Baked Desserts at Heritage Diner, Mt. Sinai

(This post is entirely dedicated to the love of sweets.)

I’m a sweet tooth, I’ll come out and say it. Put chocolate and/or sweets in front of me, more than likely I’ll eat it.

Tonight my parents and I headed to another one of our frequent spots, the Heritage Diner in Mt. Sinai.

I’ve always had a fascination with diners. The little jukeboxes that play old hits (and the sing-alongs to go with it), the amazing food no matter what time it is, and most especially, the desserts.

I’ve always grown up going to diners, whether it be in N.J., C.T. and now L.I.

The Heritage Diner in Mt. Sinai, however, is different from most diners I’ve ever been to. Not because they are open 24 hours, because unfortunately they’re not, and to me, that doesn’t really make it a diner-diner. This diner branches away from the normal diner food and has a ton of gourmet options. In the past I’ve had some amazing dishes there, including a grilled chicken avocado mustard sandwich, turkey artichoke ciabatta panini, balsamic chicken over spinach, and tonight, a favorite dish of my grandma’s, chicken scampi.

But what really blew me away tonight? The freshly baked desserts, baked right on the premises.

One of the owners, Peter, told me to try the banana cream cake:

And he decorated it himself too: chocolate syrup, whipped cream and all. This cake was different than any cake I’ve had before: the creamy, yet light banana cream frosting, with the carrot-cake like cake, except it was more of a cinnamon-nut cake taste to it. This was an awesome cake and I recommend it if you go.

My mom got the lemon meringue pie which she loved:

And my dad? He was craving mocha cake, which was delicious as well, very light, fluffy frosting.

So if you are looking to fulfull that sweet tooth craving, head to your nearest diner. You never know what you may find. Something new may just strike your fancy.

(And I read on the menu this diner does birthday and wedding cakes too! How cool.)

275 Route 25A

Mount Sinai, NY 11766

1 631.642.3700
Hours

Mon – Thu: 7:00 am 1:00 am
Fri – Sat: 7:00 am 2:00 am
Sun: 7:00 am 1:00 am

LONG ISLAND — NATIONAL PIZZA MONTH – Vegetable Personal Pizza at Miller Place Pastaria

Have you ever had an “a-ha!” moment? That moment when you’re doing something (or eating something), where everything just clicks and you want to burst out and say “A-ha!”

This happened to me while eating pizza with my dad this afternoon.

One thing I’ll tell you about myself and my family: we have a lot of places we frequent in our area where we live. Is it the same for you all, where there is that group of familiar neighborhood restaurants you head to because they are just that amazing?

One place my family and I go to often is Miller Place Pastaria.

Not only does the pastaria have amazing Italian pasta dishes and entrees, but it also has fondue (which is very popular), amazing seafood dishes (salmon francese!), and of course, pizza.

This morning dad told me he was craving a vegetable pizza from the pastaria, so we immediately hopped in the car and headed over to the pastaria. We were greeted by the owner / chef, Charles Zein, who showed us our table.

We decided on splitting a personal sized veggie pizza, as the only other option was an 18″ large, which to us was way too big for two people.

This pizza was worth our wait:

Never have I tasted a vegetable pizza with vegetables tasting so…fresh…not salty…not processed or preserved. It was the perfect size for two, we each had three tiny slices that filled us right up. The broccoli was soft and texturally mixed well with the sweet red onions, tangy and sweet green peppers, and the meaty mushrooms. The sauce was sweet, tangy and flavorful, not too tart and not too sweet.

It was the crust and dough gave me the “A-ha!” moment, though.

The dough was so light, yet had a very slight crisp on the bottom at the same time. The crust was light with a slight crisp too, but it was particularly sweeter than most doughs I had. I actually thought of zeppole’s when I ate it. But I liked it.

“A-ha.”

Besides the pizza, the pastaria has a very warm, inviting atmosphere with the golden yellow hue on the walls, the gorgeous paintings and the soft classics playing on the speakers overhead. There are specials there almost everyday, including prix fixe Early Bird menus, Two-For-Tuesdays and different pizza specials throughout the week. Not to mention the amazing, friendly staff!

If you’re around the MP area, Miller Place Pastaria is a must try.

343 Route 25A

Miller Place, N.Y. 11764

1 631.928.4467

http://www.mppastaria.com

http://www.facebook.com/MillerPlacePastaria

Dark Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies

Pumpkin.

When you hear that word, what first comes to mind?

Jack-o-Lanterns, pumpkin pie, Halloween?

Or how about chocolate chip cookies?!

Today I felt like baking, and I came across the following recipe (click here!).

It was for a dark chocolate chip pumpkin cookie.

Now you may be thinking, “Pumpkin and chocolate chip cookies? Really? How does this work?!”

Well, I will tell you. Last year around this time I went to a Halloween party with my friends from my Arts Journalism program. One of my friends, Diep (hi Diep!), made these AMAZING chocolate chip cookies and my friend Samantha and I spoke about how amazing these were.

I asked Diep how she made these and she told me how the “secret ingredient” was pumpkin. There was actually no pumpkin taste to these, however, the cookie itself was more of a cake-like texture and very soft.

So I found this recipe today and baked this evening. Here are the results!


Me with the cookies!

These cookies are chocolatey, soft textured, and while there is a light taste of pumpkin, you can still taste that hint of cinnamon spice! I loved making these. The cookies were very easy to make. Here’s the recipe, a huge thanks to GoodLifeEats.com! A great fall-centric cookie.

http://www.goodlifeeats.com/2011/10/dark-chocolate-chip-pumpkin-cookies.html

Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Cookies

Yield: approximately 2 dozen

Prep Time: 10

Cook Time: 10-15

Total Time: 20-25

Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla

Dry Ingredients
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
2 cups dark chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli 60% Cacao Chips)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease cookie sheet and set aside.

Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and mix. Sift in dry ingredients. Stir in chocolate.

Drop by spoonful onto greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 10-13 minutes or until bottom of cookie is lightly browned.

Guest post and recipe by Allison of Some the Wiser.

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