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brownie stuffed chocolate chip cookies

Look at these chocolate chip cookies, fresh from the oven. So innocent looking, right? There's nothing about these cookies that could possibly reinforce your trust issues.

They're chocolate chip cookies. They look so inviting and comforting sitting next to a tall glass of cold milk.  They're a little large and lumpy... but a homemade chocolate chip cookie is a homemade chocolate chip cookie. The largeness/lumpiness just enhances their whole "homemade" vibe.  Right? 


WRONG!  These seemingly innocent cookies were all large and lumpy because they were hiding a full on double-fudge brownie on the inside!  You sneaky cookie you!


Let me tell you how these stealthy cookies came about.  I was experimenting with a new brownie recipe, and I screwed up... they tasted pretty good but they were unbelievably skinny, and no one likes skinny brownies.


I was about to chuck messed up batch in the trashcan when I felt a bout of sympathy for those brownies.  It wasn't their fa…

nutella twists

"I realized this week that I just cannot do it all, so I will choose to do what I can, fabulously." 
-- Clinton Kelly 


In school, I've heard a lot of pep-talks.  From teachers, coaches, mentors, etc.  They all go along the lines of "work hard," "always do your best," "never give up."


I am a firm believer in all of these things, and I take pride in doing my best and really putting my heart into things that I care about.   However, I've realized is that no matter how hard I work, it is physically impossible to do it all.   And that's OK.


Moderation is a tough concept to grapple with, especially for a young person like me.  I want to learn things, I want to be able to do things, and I want to understand things.  And I'm impatient.

In Japanese, there's this word, tekitou.  In English, it translates to "halfhearted."  However, to me, the word means quite the opposite. "Halfhearted" has such a negative connotati…