Friday, March 19, 2021

Cuisine & Screen: At Home, Part 37

It's kind of insane for me to think about this time last year. I had just started working from home, the world was launching into several unknowns, I was single, and I began doing my weekly C&S: At Home posts. With the exception of a few weeks around holidays/staycations, I've been cranking out content for nearly a year! I'm finally approaching the one year mark of these posts, and I hope it's been as fun for you as its been for me.

My beau is officially obsessed with these Pan-Banging Chocolate Chip Cookies, made famous by the New York Times. Here's a link to the recipe but I've discovered a few tips that will make them even more divine. 

1) Brown the butter! This is a surefire way to ALWAYS get more (and better!) flavor out of whatever it is you're baking. I hardly ever bake anything without browned butter anymore.

2) No one has time to bake 1/3 cup sized cookies as the recipe instructs. I was literally having to bake one or two cookies at a time! Instead, use a normal cookie scoop, or do the 1/3 cup, but then half it to form 2 cookies.

3) Underbake the cookies. After you bang your pan once or twice, they're done! This helps them stay soft and gooey on the inside.

4) Because I can't leave well enough alone, sprinkle the finished cookies with flaky sea salt.

Moxie - LOVED! Amy Poehler directed and produced this film based off a book published in 2015. It could not be more timely. Newcomer Hadley Robinson plays Vivian, an introverted teen who forms a feminist group at her school after the patriarchy disappoints her one too many times. Poehler is excellent (no surprise) as Vivian's mother, and the supporting cast of young actors is outstanding too. 

The Map of Tiny Perfect Things -Very "Groundhogs Day", very "Palm Springs", but it's not a tired concept. We meet Mark, already living in a temporal anomaly, and it's very humorous to watch him help people find misplaced keys and save them from bird droppings, and he wins the lottery every single day. He meets Margaret, also living in the time warp, and their friendship inspires Mark to want to break free from this daily repetition. The movie went on just a touch too long, as if they didn't know how to end it, but it's heartwarming when they do. Definitely worth checking out.

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