Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies {Levain Copycat Recipe}

Levain Copycat Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookie Stack

Stop what you’re doing and listen up.

This hunk of chocolatey butter needs to be in your life. More specifically, it needs to be in your mouth.

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I know I’m not the first (or even the hundredth) to recreate the Levain Bakery chocolate chip cookies. But, I have been making cookies for a long time. My mom’s been baking cookies for a long time. And I’m sorry, but her cookies are better than Levain’s.

Yeah. I said it. Continue reading

Butternut Squash Cavatelli & Balsamic Caramelized Onion Pesto

Butternut-Cavatelli

Boston got hit with a big ol’ blizzard yesterday, leaving us all a little bit buried. And as I stare out of my bedroom window onto the adjacent roof tops all covered in a hefty helping of heavy snow, I can’t help but think about what it means to feel stuck.

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I’m pretty sure there is no such thing as “stuck”. We make it up so we feel better about not being able to decide what to do with ourselves. When we’re surrounded by a feeling of heavy wetness that prevents us from even leaving the house, it’s easy to feel as if we have no choice but to stay put. We forget how we used to stomp around when we were kids, bundled up to our eyeballs in snow gear, having snowball fights and building igloos with any other kids that happened to be nearby.

We forget how to unstick ourselves.

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Best Chocolate Fudge Brownie Cookies


Hey y’all.

Welcome back from all the holiday madness. Now we’ve got less than a week before 2017 is upon us. Are you ready?

I’m certainly not. That’s why this year, I’m going to try something new and totally out of character.

I’ve decided not to make any goals for the year whatsoever. Continue reading

Blog News + New York City, Part II

Hey guys, Leili here. We’ve got big changes happening around here that you ought to know about, so keep on readin’ for a full update!

I just got back from spending a few days in New York City with some family. The city at this time of year is always the most magical, and gives me all kinds of warm and fuzzies. Our plan was to finish up our Christmas shopping, but unsurprisingly, we were too disorganized to make that happen. (And let’s be real – I’ll just end up running to the mall the day before Christmas like I do every year anyway.)

Instead of shopping, we mostly focused on filling our stomachs with good food and plenty of hot chocolate.

Some of the food I had was out-of-this-world-amazing, so I really wanted to share it with you. These are places we didn’t cover in last summer’s New York City post, but they should be on your list for your next visit. Continue reading

Intense Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

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The Dr. Frankenstein in me is going crazy with glee since it came up with the secret ingredient to these cookies.

Maybe I’m not exactly Frankenstein. Thankfully. But my inner mad scientist always comes out when food is involved. Like when I made chocolate mousse with no dairy, or creamy ice cream without cream, or everything-free chocolate chip cookies. Unlike all those other times, though, I’ve altered this recipe to be even more gluttonous and dairy-full. And I have no regrets.

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