Batter Licker

May 10, 2012

baked plantain chips

Filed under: appetizer,fruit — Tags: , , , , — Kristen @ 1:53 pm

I have a confession to make. Given my dislike of bananas (except in blended drinks and in baked goods) and an unpleasant run-in I had with a plantain dessert quite a few years back (after which I determined plantains were bananas’ uglier, starchier cousins), I’ve often glared disdainfully when passing by plantains.

Fast forward a few years to a couple savory – and much tastier – plantain preparations, and suddenly I find myself pulling a Heidi Klum: declaring plantains in and potatoes out; then double cheek-kissing my dear old potato pal as I bid him auf wiedersehen.

In a baked chip form, plantains become a fun snack food. For the easiest, most consistent preparation (and even crispiness), use a mandolin or, for the less gadgety among us (me included!), a regular vegetable peeler to thinly slice the plantains. (Trust me; I tried to very thinly slice some of the plantain by hand, and the results weren’t quite as uniform; plus they took longer to crisp up on the oven.) (more…)

March 10, 2010

conglomerate cookies

Filed under: cookies,dessert — Tags: , , , , , , — Kristen @ 6:32 am

Some call these compost cookies, but I just can’t bring myself to do so. A cookie this good just shouldn’t be named after something that conjures the images (and stank) of decaying substances that wind up as fertilizer, even if that cookie is supposed to be comprised of random salty and sweet snacks left over from the lunches and desserts of yore.

“Conglomerate” is much more appropriate – both because it conveys the heterogeneity of snack foods in this recipe, but also because almost all of the snack foods I used are baked made manufactured (let’s just call the process what it is) by a subsidiary company owned by some corporate conglomerate. But enough of the lessons in diction and corporate structure. Let’s get to the good stuff.

These cookies are utterly ridiculous in a yes-I-did-eat-several-large-spoonfuls-of-this-cookie-dough-until-I-realized-what-I-was-doing kind of way. (more…)

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