Oh boy, I have had an incredible last few days.
I very briefly blew through Dallas, maybe the friendliest city I have ever been to. Everyone is a “young lady” (like “how you doin’ young lady?”) whether you are 5 or 75. I love it. The manners! The chivalry! The warmest people I have ever experienced. I only got to stay about 15 hours in which I got a mini-tour and filmed a segment for FOXTV’s “Good Day” (which will air on the 18th)- but I want to go back. Soon.
I then headed to very cool Austin for one and a half glorious days with foodie friends at BlogherFood (a food blogging conference). Where I got to catch up with old and new friends. It is always the coolest ever to meet old friends for the first time (like people you have “known” for years, but have never met in person.)
I had some of the most incredible food, (um expect some Austin inspired tex-mex dishes coming soon!) and truly fantastic margaritas (when in Rome….) But the best part of it was getting to spend that time with some of my good girlfriends and fellow food bloggers/authors. I loved it.
And then off I went super, duper early Saturday morning to meet my family (Pete, Pia, Coco and my parents) in Chicago. I am such a spaz, and I have just been so tired and traveling so much that when I saw them getting off the plane, I just was so happy I was crying. Bawling. I said I was a spaz.
And now, I have been busy having a love affair with Chicago, (which is where my dad grew up and I have not been back here in 20 years.) I am overlooking the lake from my hotel room, and truly it is so beautiful, it may as well be the ocean. And with its Turquoise water it could be the Caribbean. We walked and walked and walked the stretch of gorgeous parks that wrap around the edge of the lake and my parents called me from Millenium Park to basically say that they are ready to move here. I am here until Thursday morning and I fear that my Chicago obsession will reach epidemic proportions by then.
By the way, if you are here, please come see me for a public demo and book signing Tuesday, 3-5PM at Marcel’s, or for an INSANE dinner and wine pairing Wednesday night at Blackbird.
Ok. Now I will stop rambling and give you the recipe for these “re-dunk-ulous” (language courtesy of Pia) Coffee, Toffee and Butterscotch cookies…
Recipe: Coffee, Toffee and Butterscotch Cookies
- -1 cup white sugar
- -1 cup butter, softened
- -2 eggs
- -2 tablespoons espresso
- -2 ¼ cups flour
- -1 teaspoon baking soda
- -1 teaspoon kosher salt
- -2 cups butterscotch chips
- -2 cups toffee chips
- 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and prepare sheet pans with parchment or silpats.
- 2. In the bowl of a standing mixer cream together the sugar and butter until fluffy.
- 3. Add the eggs one at a time followed by the espresso.
- 4. In a separate bowl combine the dry ingredients. Add them to the batter and mix until completely combined.
- 5. Add the butterscotch chips and the toffee chips and mix to combine.
- 6. Scoop onto the prepared sheet pans and bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
- 7. Transfer to a cooling rack and eat immediately or store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)