Fried Egg over Polenta with Herb Pesto

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As you can see by two foodie posts in a row - I'm in a cooking frenzy! Made using this recipe with a couple modifications. I'm not an olive freak so I omitted it from the pesto and have not yet mastered the art of poaching so fried egg it was! It was still delicious sans olives but I would suggest upping the salt content a little to make up for it! 

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Garnet Pilaf

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In keeping with watching my budget - I thought it best to start cooking at home again a little more. For lunch, I cooked this Garnet Pilaf recipe by Sprouted Kitchen. Let me just say it is deee-lish! Roasted sweet potato with smoked paprika on a bed of rice/quinoa pilaf sprinkled with chives. Not only are her recipes divine, her images (taken by her husband) are just as gorgeous and inticing!

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Neiman Marcus Cookies

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Dubbed the "Neiman Marcus Cookies" allegedly due to a customer who mistakenly paid US$250 for this cookie recipe thinking she was being charged US$2.50.

I tried my hand at these after craving something sweet. My mom gave me a calender with a cookie recipe for each day! This was one of them (adapted from the book 500 Cookies).

*Excuse the blurry photo - I was a little too excited to eat them!

NEIMAN MARCUS COOKIES

makes 2 dozen

1/2C sweet butter

1C light brown sugar

1 egg

2tsp. vanilla extract

1 1/2C all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1 1/2 tsp. instant coffee powder (I omitted this since I didn't have any on hand but recommend it to cut some of the sweetness)

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 Degrees F. Beat butter and sugar together and then add egg and vanilla. Sift together the remaining dry ingredients, including coffee powder. Stir dry ingredients into the butter mixture and mix in chocolate chips. Roll into balls on a non-stick baking sheet 2in apart. Bake 8-10 mins. Cool for 5 mins. 

I recommend eating while warm or warming it up later on to eat - melty chocolate = perfection!

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