GiG Spotlight #4: Come Bake With Me

My love of cooking is directly linked to my tasteful experiences. Much of the learning came from just watching, exploring and experimenting. It’s the creative process, a series of experiences that lead me to the great “aha!” moments of life. I love that you can start with some ingredients , and the finished product is something beautiful. OK, our recipe for today is…

Chocolate  Chip Cookies

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1 lb. butter
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs
 2 tsp. baking soda
6 cups flour
1 10-oz bag Ghiradelli 60% Cacao
Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
1 10-oz. bag Ghiradelli Semi- Sweet Chocolate Chips
2 cups walnuts or pecans, optional

*Cream butter and sugars together until smooth. Beat in eggs. Add extracts, soda and salt until combined.

*Add flour one cup at time. Dough should be soft, but not sticky. Stir the chips and nuts in by hand. Drop onto cookie sheet using a 3-oz. scoop, pressing down slightly with your hand.

*Bake at 350 F 10-12 minutes, making sure not to over-cook.

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Homemade Fajita


 Prep: 15 mins. Cook: 6 mins.
Chill: 30 mins. Makes: 4-6 servings
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12 ounces beef skirt or flank steak, cut into thin bite-size strips
1 recipe Homemade Fajita Seasoning
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup thin strips red or green sweet pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
3/4 cup chopped tomato medium
4 to six 8- inch flour tortillas (warmed)
Homemade Fajita Seasoning: Mix 1 1/2 tea-spoons ground cumin; 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano,crushed; 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (you can also use an organic pepper-optional); 1/4 teaspoon black pepper; 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/8 teaspoon onion powder.
 Now follow the steps below!
  • Sprinkle beef with 2 teaspoons of the Homemade Fajita Seasoning; tosss to coat. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
  • In a very large skillet cook pepper, onion, and remaining seasoning in 1 tablespoon oil until tender. Remove from skillet. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and meat to skillet. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until desired doneness. Return pepper mixture to skillet. Stir in tomato. Cook until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice.
  • To serve, fill warmed tortillas with beef mixture. If desired, top with guacamole, salsa, and dairy sour cream. Roll up tortillas and Enjoy!