With apologies to Andy Williams, now is the most wonderful time of the year … for it is Girl Scout cookie season.
But after plowing through several sleeves of Thin Mints, fatigue can set in. So we wondered, when you’re starting to feel sick of Girl Scout cookies, is there a way to rekindle the love?
We turned to Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast at WNYC studios, for advice. His book, Eat More Better, tackles this pressing public interest matter. He suggests mixing it up — quite literally, by baking a cheesecake crafted from a mashup of cookies. His recipes for Girl Scout Unity Cheesecake and Peanut Butter Cookie Centaur are excerpted below.
Citrus fruits, like all the orange varieties, grapefruits, lemons, and limes, truly are winter’s shining stars. With varying degrees of sweetness, tart, tang, and bitterness, these bright fruits have a knack for brightening winter’s coldest days.
Of course, you can eat them out of hand, or turn them into cocktails, vinaigrettes, and baked goods, but one of the very best ways to put that citrus to work right now is by making a sweet and tangy curd.
You should only buy salted butter, except for baking. Unsalted butter is extremely perishable, and not flavorful at all. If you rely on salting everything you use butter on or in, you are very likely to oversalt. Unsalted butter is used in baking because salt can affect the way doughs and batters behave, so you need precise control, and you follow recipes in baking for this reason, which also means you aren’t in danger of oversalting. There are also differences in moisture retention between salted and unsalted butters. Salted butter is the standard, if you ever read any recipe or description of a dish that includes butter, they mean salted butter unless it specifies unsalted.
Preparing a Thanksgiving feast in space is a lot easier than here on Earth, but the end after dehydration, irradiation, and rehydration aren’t exactly the height of appetizing. Still, the environment more than makes up for it, and apparently the cornbread dressing is (relatively) fantastic.