Last night Danielle and I went over to Mike’s apartment along with his other friend Mike. I know far too many Mikes, it’s getting a little ridiculous. Anyway, we went to the grocery store to pick up some things to make dinner with which ended up being simple and delicious.
Danielle and I pretty much took over the kitchen except for when Mike made some amazing peanut butter, banana, and almond milk smoothies. I haven’t had a smoothie in forever so it definitely hit the spot!
After the smoothies, we started on the cookies. I adapted the New York Times peanut butter blossom recipe using vegan substitutions. Therefore it went something like this:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated maragine
1/2 cup Skippy natural peanut butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar, more for rolling
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
4 tablespoons applesauce
1 tablespoon almond milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 squares chopped baker’s chocolate
The dough ended up being a little thinner than I thought it should have been so we added about another 1/4 cup of flour to take care of the extra moisture. Refrigerating the dough, like it says to in the actual recipe, probably would have helped but who wants to wait for that? Not us, that’s for sure.
Since one cannot subsist on cookies alone (actually I probably could), we decided on pasta for dinner along with toasted Italian bread and dipping oil. The pasta was inspired by this recipe with a few omissions and substitutions. The ingredients:
1 box penne pasta
1 box frozen peas
1 cup vegetable broth
1/2 cup Yellow Tail pinot grigio
1/2 cup Almond Breeze original almond milk
2 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine
3 tablespoons flour
Mrs. Dash original
As the water boiled for the pasta, I made the roux sauce using the same method as described in the recipe. It smelled so good! Cooking with wine adds such depth to the flavor. I’m always a little nervous when cooking for others that they won’t like what I make but everyone ended up loving it!
Since we had only “taste-tested” the cookies before dinner, a few more were in store for dessert. They were a huge hit! I already have requests to make more, it’s a good thing I love baking!
For a while we just sat around and talked until Mike and Mike decided they wanted to show us around Long Island. (They live extremely close to Farmingdale’s Republic Airport for future reference if you ever want to pick me up Mom and Dad!) Somehow we decided to go to Ikea where we bought some glassware and awesome cookie cutters. I could probably spend all day in Ikea, there is so much to look at and such incredible prices!
After our trip to Ikea, they showed us around the town they grew up in and we stopped at Mike’s house to say hi to his parents. Then we headed to Long Beach. Even though it was dark, foggy, and a little chilly, it was tons of fun! We played tic-tac-toe in the sand and did cartwheels because sometimes it’s okay to act your shoe size, right?
Eventually it was time to head back to the university. Who knew a school night could be so much fun?
Question: Do you like cooking and baking for others?