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The SK Plan: Capers and Cookies! October 20, 2010

Posted by doinglaundryinheels in Cooking, The SK Plan.
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Well, I’ve become quite the little Susie homeBAKER recently. Part of my cooking obsession comes from fun and another part comes from maturity but once I have made something so lip-smacking good I just can’t wait to get back to the stove. My next dive into Martha Stewart world was her Chicken with Artichokes and Angel Hair. This was the first time I ever used capers in cooking. I’ve always loved them, eat them by the handful out of the jar but never have I thought to throw them into a skillet of artichokes and chicken. OH MY DEAR SWEET SALTY LORD! Capers are amazing!!! They give everything such flavor. My first taste of this dish was at work the next day and without hesitation I moaned out loud and muttered “I am a genius.” They laughed, all my co-workers, but if they had a flavorful artichoke with smooth pasta on their taste buds, believe me, they’d be happily dying too!

Here’s where things got interesting — I went recipe-less, which with me, as we know, is dangerous. However, I was a good girl, I stuck to it, simple, good, clean food. I cut up some zucchini, threw on the capers and mixed it in with angel hair and my meat/chunky tomato sauce. All on my own I created a dinner that was so delectable my Italian friends were asking for bites…now THAT’S impressive kids.

Lastly, came the recipe I was severely looking forward to! My own…dundundun Beef and Broccoli! It’s my staple Chinese takeout order but if I could make it myself, MSG and oil free HEY, now I’m in business. It was surprisingly super easy and tasted like it belonged in a little white carton. The best compliments were the ones from co-workers who just kept telling me how great it smelled. Yup, smells great and I made it!

Now, if you’ve been following you’ll know that although I enjoy cooking, at heart I’m a baker. I bake when I’m confused, stressed, happy or feeling overly productive and on a happy, rainy, Sunday I whipped out the flour! I made my signature Great Grandma Sofia’s cookies with secret ingredient! It’s a family recipe and so special that it skipped a generation. It went straight from my Great Grandma so my mother, to me. She’s the best person I’ve ever known and no matter when I make her cookies or who eats them they’re wowed by the simple but lovely taste. I love to make people smile…at the end of the day, that’s why I cook and bake; to watch other people’s smiles become full with content.

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