Pantry and stomach necessities

This afternoon I found myself watching Julie & Julia and wanting to make boeuf bourguignon. Why you say? Because Amy Adams makes it in the movie and it looks delicious! It also sounds like so much fun to say …

Boof Burg-in-yun.

But boeuf bourguignon is for another day. How was everyone’s Labor Day weekend? Ours was great! I didn’t think we would be able to do anything since doc’s schedule is always hectic but we found time J We watched The Campaign (which was OK) and then took a surprise visit home!

You all know how much I LOVE Chicago. So going to the beach along Lake Shore drive made me the happiest person ever. We played some volleyball, some touch football (that I sat out of), and then went to eat some gyro pizza. Mmm. That stuff was gooood.

Now I miss it. I want to go back to the beach!

Time to talk business … I realized that every reader goes through recipes and decides on making something relatively simple but has to go out to get the ingredients. That’s too much work for something like home made cookies. What are supposed to do when you want to make Chewy Chocolate cookies with walnuts at 10pm? Do you go out to the grocery store? No.

(sidenote: I am not going to indulge in such cravings this month, I have a honeymoon to go to! Expect healthy posts soon!)

Sooo, when you do crave such things, and really want to make something you should already have stuff on hand! For the next few days, my posts will be about pantry essentials for when you want something and don’t have time to go to the grocery store. And the recipe to the cookies of course! This is what I usually have stocked in my pantry:

Baking Essentials:

All Purpose Flour (or wheat)

Baking Soda/Powder

Brown Sugar



Cocoa powder






Vanilla extract


Extras: Peanut Butter, Oatmeal, other extracts


Chewy Chocolate Cookies with walnuts

Yields 36 cookies


1 cup butter

1 cup white sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 ¾ cups flour

1 ¼ cups cocoa powder

2 tsp baking soda

½ tsp salt

2 cups walnuts

1 tall glass of milk ;)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and both types of sugars. Add eggs one at a time and then add the vanilla.

In another large bowl, combine all the remaining dry ingredients (flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda) and gradually add to the creamed mixture. Once combined, fold in the walnuts and drop spoonfuls onto a cookie sheet.

Bake for 12 minutes until puffy. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for about 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.


The milk is essential! Enjoy!


– Aisha


Tan Ta Da Daa … Super brownies!

I’ve seen this recipe about 50 times on food blogs but they all have different names for it. “I just got dumped” brownies, Slutty brownies, Triple Goo brownies, etc etc. Call it what you will, it is incredibly delicious and extremely rich and decadent. It was the perfect dessert to end the night.

These super brownies contain a gooey cookie dough layer, an oreo layer, and a moist chocolatey brownie layer! While it all bakes together, the oreo retains some of the moisture from the cookie dough and the brownie mix and becomes utterly fabulous.

I’m drooling as we speak. Luckily I still have half a batch left! And you know what makes it EVEN BETTER? A scoop of vanilla ice cream, I prefer french vanilla with vanilla beans. I don’t know what it is about the beans but it makes it taste so much better … or is it all in my head? I don’t know but I think that it tastes waaaay better.


And then drizzle some hot fudge over it or caramel or my new favorite topping, marshmallow puff. Mmm. That was accidental though. I meant to put a peanut butter drizzle (YUM!) over my brownies butt I made a silly mistake and popped the remaining peanut butter that was in it’s jar in the microwave. Surprise surprise, I left a little bit of the seal on the jar and I saw flashes of light from the corner of my eye. I felt like I was in slo mo or something because I saw a bunch of flashes and I quickly turned off the microwave. Whew. Saved the house from explosion!

Now, I could have made it from scratch but who has time when there was literally an hour left until I could break my fast and I just wanted to sit. Plus, I didn’t have any cocoa powder :] So I took the easy route and it was quick and well put together!

Super brownie bars

Serving size 15 – 16 brownies per recipe in a 9×9 dish

Betty Crocker cookie dough mix

  • 1 egg
  • 1 stick of butter

Betty Crocker milk chocolate brownie mix

  • 3 tbsp water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs


Wax paper to line baking dish

Cooking oil spray

Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat the dark nonstick baking dish lightly with oil spray. This is so that the wax paper can stick to the dish without any hassle. Take a piece of wax paper a little larger than the baking dish and press against the walls of the dish. The excess is necessary for easy pulling.

In a large bowl, combine the cookie mix and put into the baking dish. Then take oreos and align them however you want. The more the better!

In the same bowl, combine the ingredients for the brownie mix. Pour over the cookie dough and oreos covering every nook possible.


Pop into the oven for 45 minutes and serve right away, top it with ice cream for extra deliciousness!