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A Weekend in Philly

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{A weekend in Philly}

A couple weeks ago, Brian and I spent the weekend in Philly.  The weather was great, the food was fantastic, and the trip couldn’t have been more fun.  We started the weekend with an open mind, excited to try some good food and explore what Philly had to offer.  We started off at Reading Terminal Market– which was amazing.  We walked up and down the aisles filled with great pastries, produce, seafood, and of course, ice cream.  After consuming an unconceivable amount of cookies and ice cream from the merchants we walked along the streets to find adorable cafés and restaurants overflowing with people in the gorgeous sunny weather.  We had our mind set that this is where we would come back for dinner and boy was it the best decision of the weekend.  The first night we ate at The Corner.

Before I tell you about this place let me back track a bit.  It was Saturday night around 7:30- probably prime dinner time in the popular little hub of food heaven.  We had no reservations and were hoping to get in at least somewhere (being NYC people, we should have thought about making a reservation before hand). We walked aimlessly into about 5 restaurants and after a half hour of being told the wait was about “an hour and forty-five minutes” we were hungry and getting anxious. So, we happened to try one last spot before giving up- The Corner.  The hostess told us that the wait was just as long but if we wanted we could sit at the chef’s table right away.  I wasn’t sure what the heck a “chef’s table” was, but Brian and I were so hungry that we decided to give it a try.

BEST DECISION OF OUR LIVES.

We sat at this long marble counter facing the open kitchen. We were able to watch the chefs prepare all the food and asked them about certain dishes.  The food was fantastic, one of the chefs even gave us a little bit of hush puppies to try since we told him we’ve never had them before.  It wound up being such a great experience and look forward to eating there again.  On Sunday we went to the Phillies game and tried out another restaurant for dinner on the strip called El Vez which was amazing.  I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend & I’m excited to explore Philly again soon!

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{Reading Terminal Market}


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{Mussels @ The Corner}

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{Grilled Pork Chop @ The Corner}

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{Brian at the Phillies game enjoying the warm weather}brian & amandael vez

{Guac & Chips @ El Vez}

Please comment and subscribe below.  Have any of you been to Philly & know of any great hot spots?

Amanda

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Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies

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{Shortbread Chocolate Chip Cookies}

Do you know those chocolate chip cookies in those giant dessert cases at a diner? Well, I have been looking for that recipe forever.  Those are my mom’s favorite cookies and I have been on the longest search to find a “diner” chocolate chip cookie recipe.  (If you have one, please send it my way!) So, in my numerous attempts to find a “diner” chocolate chip recipe I found this gem, a shortbread chocolate chip cookie recipe!  While they are not the “diner” cookies, they are really really yummy shortbreads and totally worthy of a post.

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Right before I was about to put these cookies in the oven, I took some extra chocolate chips and smooshed them on top for garnish and for some extra chocolate.  Also, as a side note, when the cookies come out of the oven, they may look underdone, however these cookies do not take on much color so try not to over bake them in fear of raw cookies.

Enjoy the shortbread cookies my little gems!

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Amanda

Source| Recipe adapted from  Baking: From My Home to Yours
& Template from Love vs. Design

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Bite Me

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{The last of my pignoli cookies from Bite Me}

This past weekend,  I was leaving a friends house and they handed me a box of heavenly cookies. They claimed that once I ate one I would forever be addicted. Boy, were they right.  Being the marinara blooded person that I am, I love Italian cookies (as you can tell from my Pizzelle recipe!) and pignoli’s are very high up on my favorite list.  I was so excited to try these powdered sugar covered gods that I opened the box on the car ride home and ate one… and that was the moment I became even more addicted to pignoli cookies.

These cookies are from Bite Me at Cucina 98 in Montclair, New Jersey. I have never personally been to the location but after I literally ate the whole box of cookies, I am sure I will make it over there sooner than later.  I highly HIGHLY recommend you head over there and buy some. If you don’t live close, I advise you convince Bite Me to deliver some to your door. You will NOT regret it, if anything you will regret not being able to muster up the self control to stop after eating just one cookie.

Sparkle on my little gems, sparkle on.

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Italian Pizzelle Cookies

{My sister and me being silly in the kitchen}

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It is absolutely IMPOSSIBLE to go through a single Christmas season and not bake all of our traditional Italian Christmas cookies.  Because there are soooo many recipes and so many different types of cookies I decided to post only one of my absolute FAVORITES, Pizzelle Cookies. They require very few ingredients and are very easy to make. To be completely honest I have no idea how many this recipe makes, but all I know is that it looked like a TON. By the looks of it, and before I ate about half my body weight in Pizzelle’s, it seemed to be at least a couple dozen.

This is my family recipe so shhhhh! Its a secret, well not for long. Sorry mom…

Ingredients:

Italian Pizzelle Cookies

 3 1/4 Cups of flour
1 1/4 Cups of sugar
6 Eggs
4 Tsp Baking powder
1 Tbsp of Anise or Vanilla Extract
2 Sticks of butter room temperature
Powdered Sugar for Dusting
*Also need a Pizzelle griddle/waffle iron

To make the Pizzelles:

1. Preheat waffle iron
2. Beat eggs, sugar, and butter together
3. Add Anise or Vanilla Extract
4. Gradually mix in flour and baking powder until a dough forms
5. Drop about a Tbsp of dough onto each griddle. Once the steam subsides and they look a golden color they are ready to come off. (Every year we use a knife to pluck them off the griddle.  You may also have to spray PAM so they don’t stick. We don’t because ours tend not get stuck to our iron)
6. Since the dough tends to spill over a little you can use a pizza cutter, like we do, to trim the edges so they look nice and neat.
6. Place on cooling rack.
7. Once completely cool dust with some powdered sugar!
This is what ours looked like:

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{Our pizzelles}

When the Pizzelle’s are cooled and coated with a dusting of powdered sugar we like to stack them, with doiles in between each one, wrap them with cellophane, and pass them out to our family and friends.  Not only do they look beautiful, they taste delicious too! Here is the picture of the final product before we passed them out! Enjoy!

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