Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

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Soft, chewy and just barely crisp on the edges chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies are memorably good. This is one of my favorite cookie combinations.

There is no bad time of day (or even year!) for cookies. And these cookies? You’re going to want them all day (and year) long.

a pile of chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies with Nuts

Most folks have robust opinions about whether chocolate chip cookies are better with or without nuts. We’re pretty firmly in the “yes, please!” camp.

Putting nuts in cookies makes them more substantial as a snack. Now they’re not quite health food even with nuts, but they do fill you up faster!

And the buttery, tender, rich macadamia nuts are a perfect complement to decadent, melted, gooey chocolate chips and crisp edged cookie.

Of course, you can leave the nuts out if you are Team No Thank You to nuts in cookies. You don’t have to change anything else in the recipe; just omit the nuts.

chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies on cooling rack

Macadamia Nut Chocolate Chip Cookies

To make this recipe, you’ll need

The Little Things Newsletter #423 – Life, laughter, and lots of great food!

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Welcome to the weekend, my friends! It’s been a week of beautiful weather here in Ohio and I’ve spent much of it either walking outdoors or enjoying the breeze through the window next to my desk. Today is promising a bit of rain and I’m looking forward to an afternoon at home with a book and maybe a puzzle too, depending on whether my older kids are home and interested in doing said puzzle with me. I’m happy to have a fridge filled with leftovers and no reason or motivation to cook today.

ON THE BLOGS THIS WEEK: Blueberry salsa deliciously defies salsa convention. Blended blueberries are combined with jalapenos, onion, and lime juice to form the base of this non-traditional but stupendous snack you’ll crave all summer long.

BBQ chicken french bread pizza is a pizza lover’s dream come true! With just a few ingredients and about 20 minutes, you can have dinner on the table.

With little more than a few small zucchini and a couple of ears of fresh corn, you can be on your way to piping hot, crispy, craveable zucchini corn fritters.

Grilled corn is a deceptively simple show stopper of a side dish. Learn how to grill corn on the cob to get perfectly sweet charred kernels and make this gorgeous summer classic your claim to fame.

Strawberry crisp gets a little tropical glow up with a buttery, coconut studded, brown sugar crisp layered over an abundance of fresh strawberries. When summer strawberries are everywhere at their peak, you positively must try it!

Strawberry lemonade ice cream is a bright lemony ice cream with a strawberry swirl and it is as refreshing as a tall glass of frosty lemonade. Be prepared to swoon!

You only need four ingredients to make this strawberry shortcake ice cream and you won’t even need an ice cream machine to churn it. 

What I’m CRAVING: Anything at all with fresh peaches! From southern peach cobbler to this peach caprese salad and warm bowls of peach oatmeal, I will happily eat peaches with every meal these days. I adore pizza with fresh peaches and arugula with a bit of balsamic,

164: Cancer treatment and prevention with Dr. Katie Deming, MD

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I’m honored to have oncologist, Katie Deming MD on the podcast today.

Here’s what we talk about in today’s episode:

What we need to know about cancer that no one tells us

Cancer’s multiple root systems

Her 6 pillars to radiant health

Strategies she uses to help patients on their healing journeys

and so.much.more

164: Cancer treatment and prevention with Dr. Katie Deming, MD

More about Katie Deming, MD and her background:

Katie Deming, MD, The Conscious Oncologist, is a radiation oncologist, inventor, and TEDx speaker who is transcending the boundaries of conventional and integrative medicine to evolve the current paradigm of disease prevention, treatment, and healing. She blends conventional medicine with holistic practices and ancient wisdom to address the hidden roots of disease and activate the body’s innate capability to heal.

Connect with Katie on her website and on Instagram.



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Creamy Gruyere Baked Zucchini Squash Gratin

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Creamy Gruyere Baked Zucchini Squash Gratin

a photo of a cast iron skillet full of golden baked zucchini and yellow squash that has been baked to golden perfection

It’s time to take your average side dishes to the next level with this cheesy baked zucchini gratin! It’s creamy and packed full of zucchini, yellow squash, spinach and gruyere cheese.

Summertime means fresh fruits and vegetables from the garden! It’s the best! But come the end of summer, we are usually zucchini’d out. Anyone else? You can only have sauteed or steam zucchini so many times. That’s why we have the best zucchini bread, chocolate zucchini muffins, and zucchini cupcakes on the blog too. If you want more savory options, this baked zucchini gratin is phenomenal! Ooh, and our Mexican zucchini boats too!

I was watching a little Ina Garten one evening waiting for Cade to get home and I NEVER watch tv so I was totally excited to be soaking in a little inspiration. Ina (like we’re on first name basis) was cranking out a little zucchini and rice dish and I have been making my own low carb version ever since. 

Ingredients for Zucchini Au Gratin

You will need a few veggies, a couple of fresh herbs, two kinds of cheese, and a few other ingredients to make this delicious vegetable side dish. Here is your grocery list:

  • Butter: adds flavor and keeps the veggies from sticking to the pan
  • Olive Oil: cooks all the veggies before baking
  • Zucchini: sliced thin
  • Yellow Squash: sliced thin
  • Shallot: adds flavor, if you don’t have a shallot, a yellow or white onion can be used instead
  • Garlic: adds flavor
  • Spinach: adds texture, nutrients and color
  • Fresh Thyme: adds flavor, freshness
  • Fresh Parsley: adds flavor, freshness
  • Nutmeg: this might be surprising, but trust me…it adds a little pop of flavor
  • Lemon Juice: adds a flavor pop, and cuts through the richness
  • Salt and Black Pepper: adds flavor
  • Eggs: acts as a binder to hold the casserole together
  • Heavy Cream: adds richness
  • Gruyere: adds such great flavor and makes the dish so gooey
  • Parmesan: adds salty flavor and golden crispy topping

The measurements for each ingredient can be found in the recipe card down below.

How to Make Summer Squash Gratin

You don’t want a side dish that is super complicated, especially for during the summer. This recipe is so easy, which is exactly what you want! You can even make it a day ahead and pop it into the oven right before your dinner. Here are the basic steps:

  1. Preheat the oven.

The Best Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe

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The Best Peaches and Cream Pie Recipe

a photo of a single slice of creamy peach pie sitting on a small white dessert plate with a homemade crust, a creamy base layers and topped with a layer of juicy peaches.

Who doesn’t like Peaches and Cream? Here’s a great way to enjoy this yummy combination in a fabulous pie with our all butter pie crust!

My friend Lisa brought me the most delicious, can’t-stop-eating-this-pie and my life has never been the same. Why haven’t I ever had a simple peaches and cream pie? IT’S SO GOOD! I think the secret is absolutely in the peaches. I know, you thought it would be the cream. But that’s just creamy and wonderful, it’s the peaches that can ruin everything and these peaches are really sweet and perfect! 

Lisa is one of those friends that you love instantly because she’s so real, and love forever because she’s loyal. I adore that, and I adore that no matter if I’m a hot mess or totally on my game she’s not only there, she won’t even notice. I want to be more like that.

Back to peaches and cream though…we are obsessed with the combo! Check out our peaches and cream muffins, peaches and cream crumble bars and peaches and cream overnight oatmeal. Everything about peaches with cream is just perfection!

Recommended Equipment

Before You Begin…

You want to start by making the pie crust, blind baking it and letting it cool completely. If you don’t want to make your own crust, you can grab a store bought crust and bake it according to the instructions on the package.

Ingredients for Peaches and Cream Pie

  • Pie Crust: You will need flour, unsalted butter, salt, sugar and ice water to make the pie crust.
  • Cream Cheese: I highly recommend using full fat cream cheese. The texture just turns out better.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetens up the cream layer and balances out the tang of the cream cheese.
  • Heavy Cream: Whipping up the cream gives body, fluffiness and creaminess to the cream layer.
  • Vanilla: Adds flavor
  • Yellow Peaches: You want freestone peaches, like Early Elberta, that are ripe. Remove the pits and slice them. Peeling is optional.
  • Sugar: Helps balance the tartness of the peaches. If your peaches seems super sweet, then you can reduce the sugar a little.
  • Ultra Gel: Helps thicken the saucy peach layer.
  • Water: Helps create a thick syrupy peach layer for the top of the pie.

The measurements for all the ingredients can be fo