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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall TV Roundup

I have a recipe for you all, but first we need to do some TV talk. I am a HUGE television fan. While I obviously looked forward to the usual premieres, I was really excited about the flight of new shows that were airing across the networks. Here's a little round-up of my favorites.

1. Pan Am

This one is my absolute favorite. I loved all of the old school glamour. I'm a sucker for anything set in the 1960s-the clothes; the charm; the misogyny. All makes for an entertaining hour of television. There also is a fantastic twist that you do not see coming. I won't spoil the storyline for you--but definitely check it out!

2. The Playboy Club

I watched this show for one reason alone: Laura Benanti. For those of you who are not familiar with Laura Benanti, she is a goddess. And a lovely Broadway actress. Another awesome thing about this show? It's all on Hulu. So, no waiting a week for episodes like another network (cough...Fox...cough).

3. The New Girl

I am Jess. Or at least that is what all of my friends have told me. The show is a little clunky at times, but it is just such an undeniably cute show. Jess is charming and you will end up completely rooting for her. The menfolk aren't too bad to look at, either.

Alright, now that you have all of these fantastic shows to catch up on, you're going to need something to munch on while you watch. How about some cookies? How about some amazing cookies with rich browned butter and smooth chocolate?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, this is the recipe for you. Enjoy!

Beth T's Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies


1 3/4 c all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking soda

14 tbsp unsalted butter (1 3/4 sticks)

1/2 c white sugar

3/4 c packed brown sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp vanilla

1 large egg

1 large egg yolk

1 1/4 c chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 375. Sift or whisk together the flour and baking soda in a medium bowl.

Put 10 tbsp of the butter in a medium skillet set over medium high heat. Allow the butter to melt for 2 minutes and begin to swirl it around the pan, allowing it to brown. Make sure to keep moving the butter. You don't want it to burn! Swirl for another 3 minutes until the butter is brown and smells nutty. Remove the pan from heat and pour into a mixing bowl. Add the remaining 4 tbsp of cold butter and stir until melted.

Add the white sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt to the butter and whisk the ingredients together. Add the egg and egg yolk and whisk again until mixture is smooth. Allow the batter to rest for 3 minutes, then whisk for 30 seconds more. If your arm is hurting, you're doing it right!

Add the flour mixture and stir until just combined. Gently stir in chocolate chips.

Form each cookie with roughly 3 tbsp of dough. Place cookies 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheets and bake one tray at a time, 10 to 14 minutes. Rotate baking sheet after 5 minutes and check the cookies at 10. The cookies should be golden brown at the edges but still puffy in the middle.

Allow to cool on the pan for 1 to 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Then enjoy--preferably with your favorite tv show!

Source: Eat, Live, Run


  1. Oooh, I wanted to see that Pan Am show! I just added it to my Queue on Hulu!! :)

  2. oooh I haven't watched any of those shows yet- maybe it's time to change that! thanks!