A few months ago I finally made the famous New York Times’ Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe and completely fell in love. Since then, it’s been one of my favorite recipes.

 

I’ve made it a few times now and learned a few things, so I thought I’d share some photos of a recent batch I baked along with some things I learned.

When I first made this recipe, I had a lot of questions. There are so many particulars with this recipe and I wondered if they were necessary. Here are my answers so far.

Yogurtland has partnered with Hello Kitty this summer, offering limited edition spoons and cups at Yogurtland from the end of July through August. You might remember I went a little crazy last year during the Yogurtland Tokidoki promotion.

As soon as I heard about the Hello Kitty promotion, I headed straight for Yogurtland. I chose to go to the Mira Mesa location because during the Tokidoki promotion, the Mira Mesa had more of the promotion stuff and were more flexible about giving out the spoons.

I like beer. Whenever I tell people that, they are always surprised. Apparently I don’t have the look of someone who enjoys beer.

 

There are various theories on why I enjoy beer. My theory is that I’m used to the taste because there is a chinese dish which my mom often makes for my family. It is a chicken soup that is cooked almost entirely with beer. Among other things, it’s supposed to boost your immune system and keep you from getting cold in the winter. Anyhow, I grew up drinking it, and so when I drink beer, I just think of the chicken soup.

My parents theory is that I got used to the taste because they used to live near a brewery when I was little.  The whole town smelled of beer and my dad’s theory is that I grew up with that smell and that’s why I like beer.

Whatever the reason, I enjoy a beer every once in a while. Especially on a hot summer day. I like pretty much all beers. Except Guinness. I’ve tried it several times and I simply cannot get around the bitter taste. I’ve eaten a lot of bitter chinese herbal medicines, but even Guinness is too much for me.

Earlier this year, I found a good use for Guinness. Baking. While I hate to drink Guinness, I love the nuttiness it brings to desserts, like chocolate cake. I absolutely love the Guinness chocolate cake I made a few months ago. Since then I’ve been wanting to try Guinness brownies.