I know I don’t usually blog about lunches, since, you know, this blog is called “What’s for Dinner?” and all, but yesterday’s lunch was definitely “blog-worthy”.
I do have to rewind a bit. When I was in college, I was in a sorority. I met some of the most amazing women during my time there, and within our sorority we had little “families”. My “mom” and “aunt” were two girls that I knew I could always go talk to, even if I had the silliest of problems… like “OMG I borrowed my friend’s jeans and ripped them” or “Who do I take to date party?”
Throughout the years since graduating from college, some of those friendships faded, and some were just put on hold as we all got “real” jobs and got acclimated to being adults instead of college kids. There were always a few people who I’d email with, vow to catch up over lunch, and then it never happened. My “aunt” Jenny was one of these people.
Fast forward to 2008. I started this little blog with rather disgusting pictures of really delicious recipes, and I started reading the same blogs thousands of people read a day. I’ll never forget the day that I checked in on Jenna’s blog and saw a familiar face with Kath and Jenna. There was Jenny! I believe I squealed, and then promptly dug through my old emails to find her email address. It turns out, Jenny is a regular blog reader and comments under the name “Fancy”! We reconnected thanks to blogs, and it turns out that we were planning our weddings at the same time, and FINALLY got to meet up and catch up for lunch yesterday. And, thanks to the rave reviews on Meghann’s and Gina’s blogs, Jenny was DYING to go to Seasons 52!
Jenny, the collage background is pink just for you!
Clockwise from top left: Me & Jenny, my buffalo burger and salad, Jenny laughing at “Mara being food blogger”, menu header, dessert shot selection, Jenny’s scallops, my Meyer lemon mousse dessert shot, and my white bean and pesto soup.
I kid you not when I say that we sat in our little booth for over 4 hours just talking about blogs, healthy food, gossip, blogs, and food. Did I mention blogs? It was seriously one of the most fun lunches I’ve had in a LONG time! We’ll be having more of these meet ups soon, thats for darn sure.
When I got home, since it had been about 3 hours since I’d eaten, I was actually hungry again. I munched some leftover bolognese sauce on noodles, and really wanted something sweet. Since I’ve spent a good amount of the last few days indulging a bit, I wanted something that could satisfy that sweet tooth without having to eat the whole batch.
And so were born, inspired by one of my favorite Ben & Jerry’s flavors:
Not-So-Chubby Hubby Cookies
a.k.a. Chocolate Chip Peanut Pretzel Cookies
Servings: makes 32 cookies
- 6 tablespoons butter or butter substitute
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/2 cup raw sugar or sucanat
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
- 2 cups mini pretzels
- 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 egg whites
Pre-heat the oven to 350*F and line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
Cream together the butter and sugars until fluffy. Add the egg whites and mix well.
Then, add in the peanut butter and vanilla, and mix well. Then, mix in all the dry ingredients except the chocolate chips and pretzels, and mix until well-combined.
If you're using a stand mixer, add the pretzels in whole along with the chocolate chips, and mix with the mixer for about 30 seconds until the pretzels are broken up. If you're mixing by hand, smash up the pretzels first.
Scoop in rounded tablespoons onto prepared cookie sheets and bake 14-18 minutes, until lightly browned.
I enjoyed two, with a glass of skim milk.
They were salty, sweet, crunchy, and were definitely satisfying. I can see myself eating them for breakfast!
Have a beautiful Sunday!