I still feel very uneasy about going out to restaurants/bars, or just hanging out around people in general outside of my house. So, as an Arizona resident, I'm going to continue to do my part of social distancing and staying home.
At home, I've been reading articles and books, watching tv shows, designing invitations, painting, and of course, baking.
You can see this is part three of the COVID-19 edition of the food journal, so if you want more ideas, check out part one and part two.
Check out the most recent treats!
Lemon Yogurt Cake:
Lemon-flavored treats are a favorite in my household. We make lemon tarts, lemon ice cream, lemon cookies, you name it. My mom found this recipe by Ina Garten, Lemon Yogurt Cake with a lemon drizzle on top. The drizzle is made out of confectioners sugar and lemon juice and I have to say it was my favorite part. It didn't really soak into the cake (more of just in a half inch at the top and ran down the side). I usually am the type of person that eats the inside of cake last and the edge first, but I am a lemon juice lover (would eat lemons if it didn't ruin my teeth, so I resort to licking them).
Again, anything that is a bread that includes sourdough starter, is not me - my mom makes it. And again, anything that is a bread that includes sourdough starter comes from the book, Artisan Sourdough Made Simple by Emilie Raffa. In this recipe, it was suggested to use breadcrumbs on top of the breadsticks, however, my mother thought it was silly to put bread on top of bread so she substituted by adding some salt, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. She also added the parmesan before she baked it, instead of after like in the instructions. They were absolutely delicious. It's a perfect side for pasta, soup or even salad if it pleases you. Another beautiful recipe from this sourdough book...
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Snickerdoodle Cookies:
My mother has a cookbook titled Midwest Made by Shauna Sever. This recipe is included in it. I'm not the biggest fan of snickerdoodles, but combine it with chocolate chip and oatmeal and I'm all there.
I recently found out that my sister's fiancé, David, doesn't like it when brownies or cookies are warm. I was so severely disappointed. For this recipe, I prefer the cookies warm, as the chocolate chips get all melty. Mmm. You don't know what you are missing, David.