Cornstarch in chocolate chip cookies?Who knew. I read this blog post last week discussing using a secret ingredient to keep chocolate cookies soft and chewy. I was surprised to learn the secret ingredient was cornstarch.

I’ve soaked raw beef strips in cornstarch to make the beef tender, so I guess it makes sense. Curiosity got the best of me and I had to try it out. The recipe comes courtesy of Anna Olson and can be found on the Food Network.

I followed the recipe almost exactly. I found the dough to be pretty dry, especially for a chocolate chip cookie recipe. As a result the cookies didn’t do much spreading and they maintained a pale color.

Update: The giveaway portion is now closed and a winner has been chosen. Congratulations to #4 Jess!

Recently FH and I were invited to dine at Royal India in downtown San Diego. We’ve visited several times, but usually for their weekend lunch buffet. We’ve only been there once for dinner and it was a long time ago. I was excited to check out their dinner offerings. At the end of this post, you can enter my giveaway to win dinner for two at Royal India.

There’s a pretty waterfall in the dining area that I’ve always admired.

I was happy to see that the menu has expanded since our dinner visit a few years ago. There were so many options, I had a hard time choosing. You can view the full menu here.

Complimentary starter


Two different chutney sauces, one sweet and one sour.

Mango Lassi and Blue Wave. Can you guess which one is FH’s?

Mixed Meat Appetizers (Chicken pakora, fish pakora, lamb samosa)


I’ve made a two ingredient flourless Nutella cake and a three ingredient flourless peanut butter cake. So this past weekend I decided to try a three ingredient flourless chocolate cake.

The cake was very rich and dense, similar to other flourless chocolate cakes I’ve eaten. And so easy to make with just three ingredients.