The Weekend Dish 10/13/2012

Happy weekend to you! I hope that you all had a great week and are ready for a relaxing weekend! I’m planning on conducting my own personal “throwdown” this weekend with some chocolate chip cookies. I’ve been using the same recipe for the past three or four years, but Cook’s Illustrated has since created an updated version, and there are a couple of other chocolate chip cookie recipes floating around the Internet that have gotten rave reviews. I’m going to make the different recipes and then, along with some willing friends and family members, do some taste testing to see which recipe comes out on top. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it ;-)  I’ll be reporting my results here next week!

The site is also going to be getting a facelift this week – the look will be a little updated, and there are going to be some fantastic new features that I think you’re going to love! The new layout should be rolled out this coming Friday morning, so hopefully by lunchtime you’ll be able to poke around the new digs!

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

Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins – Fantastic pumpkin muffins that are baked and then coated in a cinnamon-sugar mixture. They taste just like doughnuts!

Butternut Squash & Bacon Mac n’ Cheese – I can’t get enough of macaroni and cheese, and this fall-inspired dish with butternut squash and bacon is perfect for this time of year!

Oatmeal Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Scones – Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven; throw in oats and you have a glorious trifecta. These scones are a great excuse to get a cookie fix for breakfast!

Mushroom Lasagna – I grew up eating traditional lasagna with ricotta cheese and red meat sauce; this mushroom version with béchamel sauce blew me away!

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:

Apple Pie Bread (My Baking Addiction)
I adore the idea of this bread! Between banana bread and pumpkin bread, lost is the wonder of apple bread. This version sounds fantastic!

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls (Dulce Dough)
I love cinnamon rolls, with their pillowy-soft dough, cinnamon swirls and gooey icing. A caramel apple rendition is pure genius!

Chocolate Donuts with Salted Caramel Icing (Table For Two)
I have been seeing doughnuts everywhere lately and I’m itching to try my hand at some flavors. This is such a perfect combination!

Pumpkin Spice Caramels (Confections of a Foodie Bride)
I finally managed to churn out a perfect batch of caramels with the Salted Mexican Chocolate-Chile Caramels back in the spring; I think a pumpkin variation will be my next candy-making experiment!

Spiced Pear Cake with Browned Butter Icing (Recipe Girl)
So many people are baking with apples this time of year, it’s great to see a recipe make use of pears, which I always feel are totally underrated. They’re such a fantastic cool-weather fruit, and this cake looks and sounds fabulous!

What was the best thing you ate this week??

Have a delicious weekend!