The Weekend Dish: 10/20/2012

Happy weekend to you!

I hope you’ve had a fabulous week; it’s been a pretty busy one over here at Brown Eyed Baker headquarters (otherwise known as my kitchen, table and couch). I kicked it off by baking up dozens upon dozens of chocolate chip cookies – four different recipes – and then proceeded to eat my weight in cookies trying to find my favorite recipe. I subjected my family to same cruel and unusual punishment, as well. Be sure to check out the recipes and the results of our throwdown!

To close out the week, I worked with Lindsay from Purr Design to get the new BEB site design up and running. We’re still knocking out a few kinks and odds and ends, but we’re 95% there! Once we put the finishing touches on everything I’ll give you a proper tour of all the new features. In the meantime, though, I invite you to take a look around and see what you think!

As always, you’ll find a recap of what was posted to the site this week as well as some bookmarked recipes from other blogs. Enjoy!

On Brown Eyed Baker This Week

25 Halloween Recipes – A roundup of incredibly creative and delicious Halloween recipes from around the web!

Alton Brown’s “The Chewy” Chocolate Chip Cookie – One of the contenders in my “Chocolate Chip Cookie Throwdown”, a thick and chewy chocolate chip cookie that came in 2nd place!

Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies – Another entry for the throwdown, these cookies include browned butter and dark brown sugar, for a more toffee-like flavor.

The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies – The winner of my Chocolate Chip Throwdown – these are massive cookies that include dark chocolate and sea salt.

A Chocolate Chip Cookie Throwdown! – A recap of the informal chocolate chip cookie competition I held between three new recipes and an old favorite. I put them up to the test and had my family nail down a winner.

Salted Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip – A cheesecake dip with layers of salted caramel sauce, toffee pieces and mini chocolate chips. Eating apples never sounded so good!

Most Viewed Post This Week: Top 10 List: Favorite Cupcake Recipes

What I Bookmarked This Week

Recipes and posts from other blogs that I thought looked especially delicious and that I thought you would like too:

Baked Pumpkin French Toast (Two Peas and Their Pod)
I fell in love with baked French toast during the holidays last year, and this pumpkin version looks absolutely perfect for this time of year!

Butterfinger Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bars (Bakers Royale)
Candy bars, cheesecake and cookie dough? Sign me up!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chess Pie (Love and Olive Oil)
This pie has my name written all over it. A rich, dense chocolate cake with a layer of peanut butter filling – perfect for anyone who loves the chocolate/peanut butter combination.

Pumpkin Ravioli with Hazelnut Brown Butter Sauce and Balsamic Drizzle (Will Cook For Friends)
This sounds so incredibly exquisite, and I love that homemade pasta is used!

Quinoa Veggie Fried Rice (Damn Delicious)
I still don’t quite get the recent fascination with quinoa, but I do love fried rice, so maybe this will help change my mind.

What was the best thing you ate this week??

Have a delicious weekend!


20 Responses to “The Weekend Dish: 10/20/2012”

  1. Faye on October 20, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Love the new look to your website! Very stylish, visit your site evryday, always there to give inspiration.


  2. Di @ The Bluebell Cafe, England on October 20, 2012 at 7:58 am

    Hi, I’ve just found your site…and I love it. I have to do a drinks party next month and your appetizers section is amazing, has totally helped me out. Thanks. I’ll be back x


  3. Christina @ Sweet Peas Kitchen on October 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I love your new look!!! Lindsay did my web design too and I couldn’t be happier with the results! 😀 The Cook’s Illustrated Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies are my favorite CC cookie recipe I’ve found, but I can’t wait to give the The New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookies a try! 🙂


  4. Laura Dembowski on October 20, 2012 at 8:20 am

    Love the new site design! Have a great weekend 🙂


  5. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on October 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Your so mean!! Testing chocolate chip cookies is a cruel and unusual punishment!!! Your poor family!! lol


  6. Heather on October 20, 2012 at 9:04 am

    The new layout is Fantastic! Yup – with a capital F! Have a wonderful day!


  7. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough on October 20, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Love the new design, Michelle! Also going to have to make about 245 batches of that salted caramel apple cheesecake dip this weekend — it looks AMAZING.


  8. Averie @ Averie Cooks on October 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Michelle your new site is gorgeous! I just got a pingback from you from 2011 so figured you were doing something to your site. I’m on Lindsay’s waiting list. And now, I am even more glad. GORGEOUS!! Congrats on this beauty 🙂


  9. Maria on October 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look! Congrats! And thanks for the link love! xo


  10. Arlene on October 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    is the recipe save button suppose to work, because it does not


    • Michelle on October 21st, 2012 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Arlene, That is one function that will be live within the next day or two. We’re working with an external company who provides the service, and they will have it up and running on Monday or Tuesday. Stay tuned!


  11. sally @ sallys baking addiction on October 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Michelle, I LOVE the new site! Lindsay is SO talented. I am in envy of all the bloggers who have used her! Just beautiful. Congrats!


  12. Tom on October 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    New layout looks great!
    I just came from Love and Olive Oil after checking out the ‘The Great Food Blogger Cookies Swap 2012’, which is weird, as you both had your blogs designed by the same company!


  13. Tammie on October 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Wow! Love the new re-vamp. CONGRATS!


  14. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on October 21, 2012 at 4:12 am

    The re-design is amazing! Congrats! And thank you so much for linking my quinoa fried rice. I hope you get to give it a try and fall in love with quinoa! 🙂


  15. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen on October 21, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    The new design looks awesome! I love Lindsay’s designs!


  16. Mollie@Kitchen Accessories on October 21, 2012 at 8:48 pm

    I’m sure all these cookies are winner. Would love to try it this coming holiday.


  17. Cathy McC on October 22, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Awesome new web design! Everything looks easy to find.


  18. Katie @ Blonde Ambition on October 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Love the new design!!


  19. Dana on October 23, 2012 at 12:10 am

    Love the site’s makeover! It’s very crisp and professional, but also fun. Great work. BTW, I’ve been curious as to what blogs you follow, because yours is one of my very faves!


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