Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Have you ever asked yourself why we need so many recipes for chocolate chip cookies on the internet? Every food blogger out there has posted at least one, but the good news is that you can do no wrong with variations on the chocolate chip cookie. Whether they're thin and crispy or thick and chewy it's pretty much guaranteed that as soon as you bite in to one it will be heavenly, because hey, it's chocolate. So even though I already have a dozen or so recipes for cookies on the blog I want you to humor me and give these a shot. They have chips and chunks—two types of chocolate make them superior to every other chocolate chip cookie recipe out there. Oh and did I mention they have pecans too? Stop making me twist your arm and try them already!

Chocolate Chunk Cookies | Not Starving Yet

Chocolate Chunk Cookies
makes approximately 24 cookies

Ingredients

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2½ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1½ teaspoons sea salt
6 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounces dark chocolate chunks
½ cup unsalted pecans, chopped
additional sea salt for sprinkling on top

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. In a mixing bowl cream together room temperature butter, white sugar, and brown sugar. Add vanilla and eggs, then mix until well incorporated.
  • Slowly add baking soda, salt, and flour, continue to mix until dough forms.  
  • Add semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chunks, and pecans to the dough, then mix until they are evenly distributed.
  • Using a spoon or cookie scoop, form balls of dough and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Make sure to leave plenty of space as these cookies tend to spread out while baking.
  • Bake for 9 - 11 minutes or until edges are golden brown. Let stand for 2 minutes before transferring cookies to wire racks to cool. Enjoy!

Notes

I usually make these with Guittard 46% semisweet chocolate chips and Scharffen Berger 70% dark chocolate chunks, but you can switch it up to use your favorite chocolate.

The Best Kitchen Tools Under $25

This time of year it seems like more and more of my weekends are dedicated to weddings and wedding showers. While I enjoy them, my wallet is starting to feel the pinch of so many events happening all at once. I'm sure some of you find yourself in the same boat, so here is a list of my must-have kitchen tools, all of which are under $25. 

Whether you're looking for inexpensive ideas for the bride-to-be in your life, registering for gifts for your own wedding, or want a fabulous gift for Mother's Day we have you covered! 

The Best Kitchen Tools Under $25 | Not Starving Yet

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our past gift guides for more inspiration.
 

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This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

Fettuccine Alfredo with Broccoli and Crab

My cooking style has changed quite a bit over the years, but there are a handful of dishes I've been making forever that never seem to get old. One of those just happens to be Fettuccine Alfredo. It was always my favorite dish to order on the odd occasion we ate out as a family, so it shouldn't come as any great surprise when I say it went to the top of the list of things I wanted to learn how to make once my parents put me in charge of making Saturday night dinner at the tender age of 9. 

As the years went on I began to put my own spin on the dish by adding chopped broccoli, imitation crab meat, and a ton of extra garlic. It was, and still is, my go-to recipe whenever I want to impress someone with my badass cooking skills, yet don't want to spend all night in the kitchen.

I still remember the first time I made it for my husband—he officially dubbed "Awesome Pasta." It still makes me chuckle every time he asks when I'm going to make that awesome pasta again. He's lucky it's one of my favorite meals since that means I'll make it every time he asks.

Fettuccine Alfredo w/ Crab aka Awesome Pasta | Not Starving Yet

Awesome Pasta

 

makes 6 - 8 servings

 

Ingredients


¼ cup salted butter
3-5 garlic cloves, minced (or more, you can never have too much garlic)
2 cups whipping cream
1 cup frozen broccoli, chopped
8 ounces imitation crab meat, shredded
½ cup Parmigiano-Reggiano, freshly grated
freshly ground pepper, to taste
18 ounces refrigerated fettuccine noodles


 

Directions

 

  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. While waiting, place butter in a saucepan and allow it to melt over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, approximately 5 minutes. Add whipping cream, then reduce heat to low and simmer until the mixture reduces slightly and starts to thicken; approximately 15 minutes. While the sauce is cooking, make sure to stir frequently so the bottom doesn't burn.

  • Once the sauce has thickened add broccoli, shredded crab meat, and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano. Cook until the broccoli has warmed through, then season with freshly ground pepper.

  • Add pasta to the boiling water and cook according to package directions, usually 2 - 3 minutes. Once cooked drain the pasta well, cover with sauce, and serve immediately (topped with plenty of extra cheese.)

 

 

 

Pantry Organization & Spring Cleaning with OXO #Sponsored

Last month I decided to tackle a huge organizational project—my home office. This month I'm at it again, but it's our kitchen and pantry I'm hoping to get back in order.

It's been a while since I've given any thought to organizing my pantry. Way back in 2014 (as you can see from the photo below) it was a disorganized mess. Very little had changed over the past few years until I discovered that my laziness had finally caught up with me. I pulled out a bag of flour to bake my son a cake and found it full of weevils. They're those annoying little bugs that you find when you've left your flour sit too long.

Whoops!

I guess that means I should bake more cakes... or remember to put bay leaves in the bags... or maybe clean my pantry a bit more frequently?

Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Spring Cleaning & Organizing with OXO blogger outreach campaign. They have provided me with a set of pop containers and cleaning tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Spring Cleaning & Organizing with OXO blogger outreach campaign. They have provided me with a set of pop containers and cleaning tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post. 

A not-so-quick cleanup got rid of them and fortunately they hadn't spread beyond my flour bin, but in the process I found a swarm of silverfish that had been making themselves right at home eating the glue that holds together my canning jar boxes.  I made it a priority to pull everything out, get rid any paper boxes, and put my bulk dry goods away properly. 

After that I ran out of steam...

By the time Spring rolled around you couldn't even tell I'd organized anything. I had tons bags hanging everywhere and no idea what was in them. When OXO reached out to me a few weeks ago about testing out their POP containers (and a few other goodies) I thought I'd give my pantry the proper cleaning it needed—starting with the bags of snacks and other one-off items I can never find a place for. Those are the things that tend to end up stuffed in grocery bags and hung from hooks, never to be heard from again.

Pantry Before

What I really like about the POP containers is the variety of options. Whether your shelves are large like mine or on the smaller side, you'll likely find one to suit your needs since they come in several different formats (square, rectangular, and round.) Since they can be stacked several high they'll accommodate a variety of shelf heights which is especially handy if you don't have adjustable height shelves in your pantry or kitchen cabinets. With the variety of shapes and sizes you'll be able to store your leftover bits and bobs just as easily as a 5lb package of flour.

Out of all the containers I've actually found the smaller sizes the most useful for reducing the clutter in my pantry. My half-eaten packages of nuts, chocolate, and granola fit in the 0.3 and 0.9qt containers perfectly, so I no longer have a bunch of open packages cluttering up my shelves. You can see from the photos how much of a difference moving my open packages of food to storage containers did to keep things more organized.

Where to Purchase

10-Piece POP Container Set: Find it on Amazon or purchase it directly from OXO

In addition to the POP containers I did add a few other items during my pantry reorganization to help make things more manageable. The first was a beverage organizer that holds 24 cans of soda. I decided this was necessary after I dropped a half-open case of soda during my pantry clean-out and had it explode all over everything.

Talk about a mess! 

I never want to clean that up again, so with the new organizer I know that my precious stash of Dr Pepper (that I use for making Dr Pepper Pulled Pork) isn't wasted when I have butter fingers.

The second addition was a set of command hooks running up both walls. These hold packages of tuna, spices, pre-made sauces, and other odd-sized items that have a hole punched in the top. This way they're easily accessible and I can quickly see what I need to restock without having to dig through the pantry.

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Now no organizational post would be complete without a little Spring cleaning thrown in for good measure. Fortunately OXO also sent me their new Microfiber Under Appliance Duster to help me get started. Let me just say that I've never had a kitchen tool terrify me as much as this one! It occurred to me recently that the last time I cleaned under my stove was when it was installed eight years ago. I'm pretty sure it's a disgusting wasteland under there, so I chickened out and have been using it to clean under our furniture instead.

The duster's long handle makes it perfect for fishing out all the toys and snacks that find their way under our couch. It's raised off the floor, so all sorts of things get lost under it. After the first pass I came away with a large collection of lost legos, balls, bits of play-doh, snacks, a few random socks, and a whole lot of salt, dirt, and cat hair. It's only been a month since I pulled the couch out to clean, so I can only imagine what I'll find when I work up the courage to clean under the stove. It's accumulated eight years of dirt and grime, so can you blame me for procrastinating?

On the plus side, the duster comes apart easily and cleans up with a quick wash in cold water, so once I'm brave enough to tackle the kitchen at least I won't have a lot of extra clean-up to do.

Where to Purchase

Microfiber Under Appliance Duster: Find it on Amazon or purchase it directly from OXO

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Last but not least is the OXO's Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set. It's a handy set of nylon brushes and scrapers that helps you reach the hard to clean spaces in your kitchen. It's especially great and cleaning off all the burned-on crud that builds up around the burners on your stove, but I've also found it useful for cleaning around the sink and backsplash, or scraping off stubborn stuck-on food from stainless steel pots and pans. 

It has a lot of uses, so it's one tool that would be a valuable addition to any kitchen.

Where to Purchase

Kitchen Appliance Cleaning Set: Find it on Amazon or purchase it directly from OXO

Disclosure


This post contains my Amazon affiliate links. I try to keep advertising unobtrusive and to a minimum in order to provide you with the best experience possible. Purchases made through these links provide me with a small income and ensure I can continue providing you with quality content.

Today's post was sponsored by OXO as part of the Spring Cleaning & Organizing with OXO blogger outreach campaign. They have provided me with a set of pop containers and cleaning tools for evaluation, but no other compensation was given for this post.