Recipe: Savory Oatmeal Cookies

I know when I read a post on a site that starts with “I’m more of a savory girl than anything else” that I’ve found a soul sister. Or a kitchen sister, at the very least.

That’s how I felt when I stumbled upon these savory oatmeal cookies…how could I resist? A cookie baked deliberately for eating with cheese?! One that builds upon my already well-established love for the more traditional kind of oatmeal cookie (the kind with chocolate chips)? I was so, so sold – even before I saw the cup (yes, cup) of cheese that goes into these stunners. I swear.

Savory Oatmeal Cookies | Arlington Darling

Savory Oatmeal Cookies | Arlington Darling

Let’s just get right to it, shall we? Recipe adapted from The Kitchn.

Recipe: Savory Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1/4 cup warm water
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lightly packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup sifted all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt, plus more for dusting
1/4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. chopped rosemary
1/4 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
1 cup grated parmesan cheese

To Make:
1. Preheat the oven to 350.
2. In a bowl, combine the oats and water.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the olive oil, sugar, and egg. Then, add to the oats.
4. In a separate bowl, combine the rest of the ingredients (flour, sea salt, baking soda, rosemary, pepper, and cheese).
5. Add to the oats bowl and combine.
6. Form tablespoon-sized balls, and flatten gently on a baking sheet, leaving an inch or two of space in between each cookie. Optional: add a sprinkle of sea salt on top of each cookie.
7. Bake for 16-18 minutes or until golden on the edges.

Enjoy! Her suggestion to eat these with a soft, sharp cheese is perfect. I recommend Red Hawk or Humboldt Fog. They’re also good on their own. Just look at the savory texture! Mmmmph!

Savory Oatmeal Cookies | Arlington Darling

Savory Oatmeal Cookies | Arlington Darling

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My Favorite Pool Snack Food

It’s that time of the year when all of my thoughts go to the outside. No, that’s not some metaphor for thinking outside the box…I mean it literally – I can’t stop thinking about spending time outside now that the weather is warming up!

And this weekend is the culmination of it all…my pool opens!!! Cannot contain my excitement.

I’ve already been planning for pool season, including buying a new bikini…

Loading up my Nook…

The Sandcastle Girls

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…and figuring out what pool snacks I’m going to eat! (Duh, you knew I was going to bring up food at some point). Here’s a roundup of my favorite snacks to eat when I’m sitting out by the pool. I like these to be fun, easy to pack up, and light (healthy, light, low-calorie, metabolism-boosting, whatever you want to call it):

  • Cherry tomatoes and hummus
  • Cucumber salsa (by itself or with tortilla chips)
  • Apple slices (with cheese if you aren’t avoiding dairy)
  • Frozen grapes
  • Orange juice pops (or “wine pops” – recipe to come!)
  • Balsamic vinegar strawberries (it’s good, trust me)

Happy poolside snacking :).

Roundup of Superbowl Recipes

My family is not a football family – we are a baseball family (go Yankees!). So every year, as fans gear up to watch the Superbowl and get really worked up about this rivalry or that rivalry, I’m just thinking, “what will I eat?” The Superbowl is the perfect excuse to eat a lot and feel…American about it. Like Thanksgiving but without your family. And more junk food.

This year, I’m going to a friend’s house on the Superbowl for some low-key activities like watching the commercials, eating a LOT of yummy food, and half-heartedly cheering when something exciting happens in the game. I was thinking yesterday about what I would bring, so I wanted to post my recipe roundup here for all of you! Most of the recipes are from right here on Arlington Darling, except for the first one: Baked Southwestern eggrolls. I made my own adaptation of these last night and haven’t posted my version yet, but oh goodness they are good. I think they’re going to be the winner.

Hah, get it? Winner? Like…of the Superbowl? But…food? 🙂

Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls | Annie’s Eats

Tuna-Apple Mini Melts | Arlington Darling

Roasted Rosemary Chili Pecans | Arlington Darling

Antipasto Skewers | Arlington Darling

Let me know if you make any of them for your own Superbowl get-together and how they turn out! Go team!

Recipe: “White Trash” Christmas Snack Bark

Yeah, you read that right: “White Trash”. It is an unfortunate name for a superbly delicious treat. I guess it got the name from the white chocolate coating and because it is made up of a jumble of things that could look like “trash”? Who knows.

It is my Christmas dessert staple – I make it for coworkers, secret Santa parties, family gatherings, and for myself. Everyone loves it. Now that I think about it, nothing about it (ingredients, colors, name) is very Christmas-y but I guess it’s one of those traditions that just happened. It is so easy to make (takes less than 10 minutes) and all of the ingredients are shelf-stable (you know that’s a requirement for me!) and easily found in most grocery stores.

Arlington Darling | White Trash Christmas Treat Recipe

This year I made some for coworkers and wrapped it up in ziploc bags stapled together with scraps of wrapping paper. Not the most elegant presentation, but it is festive and shows a modicum of effort greater than just throwing a tin into the communal kitchen and emailing out to the office, “share!”

Ingredients:
2.25 cups rice chex
2 cups thin salted pretzels, broken
1 cup pecans, crumbled, toasted
1.5 cups white chocolate chips (or an entire 12oz. bag)
0.5 cups semisweet or dark chocolate chips

To Make:
1. Toast the pecans lightly on a cookie tray in an oven on low heat, being very careful not to burn them.
2. Mix the chex, pretzels, and toasted pecans into a large bowl.
3. Melt the white chocolate chips (using a double boiler or by carefully microwaving in 15-second increments).
4. Quickly stir the melted white chocolate into the chex, pretzels, and pecans. Mix quickly.
5. Once everything is evenly coated, pour the mixture onto a cookie sheet that has been covered with wax paper. Spread it flat as best you can, while making sure that it forms a continuous sheet.
6. Then, melt the semi-sweet chocolate chips and drizzle the melted chocolate over the mixture on the cookie sheet.
7. Let cool for an hour or so in the fridge, and then break into pieces and serve.

Arlington Darling | White Trash Christmas Treat Recipe

Arlington Darling | White Trash Christmas Treat RecipeEnjoy! New name suggestions for this delicious treat are welcome :).

Cheese, of course

One of my GENK ladies, N, got some happy news last night, and so I wanted to celebrate with her and mark the day with something special. So, as I was running out the door to meet her at our kickball game, I though of the perfect gift: cheese!

Not just any cheese. This cheese is unexpected! Literally, that’s the name: “Unexpected Cheddar.”

Or We Could Do Happy Hour - Unexpected Cheddar 1It’s a Trader Joe’s brand of cheese that I discovered accidentally while picking up snacks for the season’s first Jazz in the Garden.  It’s an aged cheddar that has the sharp, nutty bite of a parmesan. It’s crumbly and salty and utterly delicious, especially with crackers. It would probably go well in salads, too.

Sadly, N couldn’t make it to Jazz that day, so she didn’t get to try this fantastically wonderful cheese with the rest of us. So I brought her some after the kickball game! She loved it. I love her. So it worked out really well 🙂

Or We Could Do Happy Hour - Unexpected Cheddar 2

Look at that crumbly, buttery, nutty goodness! Yum.

And it didn’t hurt that last night was perfect, weather-wise. Warm, with a light breeze. I thoroughly enjoyed standing around at the kickball game. Well, I was refereeing so it made sense that I was standing around. And then to top off the night with N’s good news and some cheese. Delightful.

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