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Levain Copycat Chocolate Chip Cookies

For those of you reading this post who haven’t been to Levain Bakery in New York City, my first piece of advice is to change that. For the rest of you who have had the privilege of feasting on probably one of the best cookies I’ve ever eaten, this post should get your mouth watering in no time. Levain Bakery is a bakery on the Upper West Side of Manhattan which is known best for their massive and delicious cookies. They have other amazing treats like their sticky buns, and cakes, but the main attraction is the cookie. The first time I tasted a Levain Cookie I was about 400 months pregnant, and my husband came home with 3 packages of Cookies from Levain that he had gotten from a coworker (whoever this coworker was, you deserve a small parade and a gold bar for introducing me to these cookies.) ...

Tres Leches Cakes

I don’t remember when I first made Tres Leches Cake for my family, but ever since I did, it has become the most requested dessert that I make. The first time I experimented with making the cake it was for a client who was hosting a “Spanish themed dinner”. Since I don’t really like making Flan, the next dessert idea I had was to make a Tres Leches Cake. I started out with a recipe I found online, which I have modified in various ways over the past few years to get it where I like it. There are many variations you can find in a Tres Leches Recipe but I have come up with what I think is the best recipe ever for this cake (excuse me while I pat myself on the back). You have to understand that I HATE baking, and when it comes to eating sweets, ...

Slow Cooked Short Rib Tacos with Pickled Onions

I am a big fan of all things Short Rib, and an even bigger fan of Mexican Food….so when I thought of making Short Ribs Tacos, I took to social media to see if my Urban Cookery followers would be into learning this recipe. The results were resoundingly in favor of Short Rib Tacos and so I give you, my Slow Cooker Short Rib Tacos with Homemade Pickled Red Onions. Let me first state that the pickled onions in this dish are an absolute MUST. Do not make this dish unless you plan on having the onions on top. The acidity and crunch of the onions really helps cut through the heaviness and bold flavors that Short Ribs have. I am not usually a fan of pickled things, but have become a total convert because of these onions. Not only are they so easy a child could make them, but ...

Sara's Capon Burger

A few weeks back I purchased Chrissy Teigen’s Cookbook, Cravings. I don’t usually buy cookbooks (I have a select few that I own and absolutely adore), but after seeing some of her recipes featured on Instagram, I knew this chick was my food spirit animal. I love a girl who likes to eat….and not just eat, but eat honest to God GOOD comfort food, like Burgers and Wings and Short Ribs. You will never see me buy a cookbook featuring crap like Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Fun Free Food. I ain’t about that life. To me, life is worth living while you can, and I would be super pissed if I died while eating a kale salad….I’d rather die while biting into a White Castle Burger any day. So with that being said, I read through Chrissy’s cookbook from back to front (it not only has amazing recipes, but she ...

Million Dollar Chicken

I few months back I came across a video on Facebook of Ina Garten interviewing a chef of The Standard Grill in NYC. In the video the chef was showing Ina how to make one of the Grill’s classic dishes, the Million Dollar Chicken. The name in and of itself had me intrigued, and when you add Ina into the mix, I was completely transfixed. On a side note, the Standard Grill is a great place to eat -- last time I was there I was super preggo and had a craving for a loaded NYC Bagel (lox, capers, red onion, cream cheese, etc etc) and they gave me a great platter of just that for brunch! Before I get into the Million Dollar Chicken, let’s all just take a moment and revel in the wonder that is Ms. Ina Garten. I could watch her show on Food Network for ...

Skillet Nacho Dip

My favorite genre of food to eat would have to be Mexican food. Guacamole, Tacos, Burritos, Nachos, Salsa, Sour Cream, Mexican Street Corn……I love it ALL. I think my first foray into the Mexican Food world was when I was in 5th grade and for some reason my class took a field trip to a local Mexican restaurant (which was actually like the WORST food ever, but it was the first time I had homemade tortilla chips and salsa and I was hooked). I then went on to finding better local places as I got into high school and was able to drive myself to various places around Long Island. When I got to college at NYU, Chipotle was just opening in New York City and NYU was handing out these “Free Burrito” coupons to all the students. I grabbed literally 35+ coupons, and ate at Chipotle almost everyday until ...

Sara Bojarski, Founder & Chef