Seriously Chocolate Cocoa Nib Macaroons

cocoa nib macaroons
cocoa nib macaroons
Possibly the most chocolatey cookie ever.

With that sundae made with home-scratched Triple Vanilla Ice Cream, we had egg whites to use. The easiest thing we know to make with egg whites is macaroons. They’re simply nut meal, sugar, and egg whites all mixed together and baked. We wondered if we could make a macaroon with super chocolate flavor by using cocoa nibs in place of nuts. Well, let’s head on over to the Scratchin’ It lab to find out!

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Our Favorite Turtle Sundaes

our favorite turtle sundae
our favorite turtle sundae
The key to delicious sundaes is to use the best possible ingredients.

You remember that, yesterday, we posted how to make a Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge. Well, we made that with this sundae in mind. We don’t have ice cream sundaes all that often, so, when we do, we try to go all out, and make the best we can. To us, that means making everything from scratch. It’s more effort, but, we believe it’s worth it.

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Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge

Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge
Delicious Super-Easy Hot Fudge
Super easy! Super chocolatey!

We’ve heard tales that some people buy hot fudge. In a store. We really don’t believe it. It’s just to easy to make delicious, 100% scratched, hot fudge in a few minutes at home that will beat anything on the supermarket shelves, so why would buy it? Don’t believe us? Well, give us just a few minutes of your time, and we’ll show you.

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Lime Creamed Corn with Green Chilies

lime creamed corn with green chilies
lime creamed corn with green chilies
Limey, this is good!

We’re getting better at using the green chilies we get in our CSA share each summer. At first, we’d almost always try to trade them for something else, taking them home only when the trading baskets had nothing of interest. At home, we’d sometimes cobble together something or another that would use the chilies, but often they’d end up in the freezer, with us hoping that we’d have some green chili revelation.

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Mini Onion Bialys

mini onion bialys cooling
mini onion bialys cooling
Chewy and super savory!

Mini Bialys, or, as we like to call them, Babialys, are a traditional Polish or Jewish bread product normally made with onions and poppy seeds. Well, maybe the mini part isn’t traditional, but making them smaller means you can eat more, so let’s do it. Now, you might never have had, or perhaps even heard of Bialys before, but don’t let that scare you. They’re similar to a bagel, but without a hole — just a depression filed with caramelized onions. And, they’re tasty! So, let’s scratch up a bunch of Babialys!

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Wild Rice with Maple Pecans and Balsamic Grapes

wild rice with maple pecans and balsamic grapes
wild rice with maple pecans and balsamic grapes
Nutty! Sweet! Tart! Earthy! This has it all!

We put our CSA share pickup on hold when we’re away on trips, which means that, when we get back, we sometimes have to go almost a week without fresh vegetables. We know we could pick up some at the store, but we generally don’t, as we find it somewhat unexciting and often it’s not super fresh (we do buy fruit, mainly because we don’t get a lot of fruit through the CSA). That means we have to be more creative when it comes to meals, making dishes from staples around the house.

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Soft IPA Pretzel Knots

soft IPA pretzel knots
soft IPA pretzel knots
Pretzels and beer! All in one snack!

Who doesn’t like pretzels and beer? What about pretzels made with beer? We thought that would get your attention. Think about it: you can bring these pretzels on a road trip and enjoy the great taste of an India Pale Ale and pretzels, yet not worry one bit, because all the alcohol bakes out when you make them, so they’re perfectly fine to snack on anytime or anywhere. Naturally, if you’re at home, we suggest that you dip them in a bit of India Pale Ale Mustard, naturally.

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