The other day I heard an odd whirring sound come from my Kitchenaid stand mixer. After a moment of panic, I realized I just hadn’t locked the arm into place. Pheww. However, my mini-heart attack made me realize how much I love this piece of kitchen equipment. If it broke tomorrow, I’d have no doubts about spending $200 to replace it. My mom gave me the stand mixer as a birthday gift a few years ago, so it only seemed appropriate that I use it to make her Mother’s Day cookies.
8 Tbs whipped butter (was trying to use this up, regular butter would be OK too)
1/2 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 egg whites
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1 cup mini chocolate chips
- Pre-heat the oven to 300 F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper
- Cream together the butter and sugar, add the egg whites, vanilla, and baking soda
- Add the flour and mix just until combined
- Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips
- Put rounded Tablespoons of dough on the baking sheets and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown
Before packaging these babies up and fed-ex’ing them to Pennsylvania, I made sure to sample a few for “quality control”. They were delicious! The walnuts were chopped up finely enough so that they didn’t interfere with the chocolate taste, but they still contributed a toasty, nutti-ness. The edges were chewy and the middle was soft and gooey - delicious!
Besides baking cookies, I’ve been having a pretty good week. I had a very yummy “junk salad” for lunch yesterday. Lots of fun ingredients! Arugula, cucumber, carrots, onions, mushrooms, marinated beet salad, chickpeas, blackeyed peas, feta cheese, croutons, and sriracha sauce. YUM.
I also received a sample pair of Pearl Izumi Synchro Fuel trainers. I was a bit hesistant at first – I’d never worn Pearl Izumi shoes before AND I had forgotten my socks in my gym bag, but I’m happy to report that the combo of new shoes + no socks did NOT give me blisters – even on an 8 mile run! My stride felt smooth, yet cushioned in these lightweight trainers. Even better? No IT band troubles, yay! My only gripe – the tongue of the shoe was very big and puffy – it sort of reminded me of a basketball shoe.
Yesterday I headed to Central Park for the weekly Thursday road workout. The weather was breezy, but sunny – perfect!
3.5 mile warm-up (ran from my apartment)
2 x 2 mile repeats @10K pace with 1/2 mile recovery
2 mile cool-down
10 miles total
I ‘ve only ever raced one 10K (heh, yes, really), so I wasn’t sure how the pace would feel. The first 2 mile repeat felt tough, but only slightly uncomfortable and I finished in 13:59 (~7:00 pace). The second 2 mile repeat felt harder, probably because I was tired, but I was able to run a bit faster and finish in 13:42 (~6:51 pace). Woo-hoo! I felt strong during this workout and definitely not completely wiped out by the end. I finished up with a nice 15 minute-ish cool-down with my college buddy, Jess.
And now it’s Friday! TGIF
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I just bought a ticket to the fancy-schmancy charity event – Taste of the Nation NYC. Are any other New York bloggers/readers going to be in attendance? I’d love to meet you!
What’s your favorite type of chocolate chip cookie?