Thank god for sprang break. This morning I laughed because I found it funny that I'm freaking 24 and still get a spring break. Hashtag professional school.
I had this whole list of things I wanted to bake over break, but then I made the mistake of starting House of Cards. But at least yesterday I had the pleasure of having Mary over, and we baked up these beautiful cookies with dark chocolate chips, tart dried cherries, and toasted hazelnuts I had leftover from my golden cupcakes. And we browned the butter, which is maybe the greatest thing I've done since starting this blog. It gave the cookies a nuttier, more caramel flavor and gave the cookies a nice little tan too. Cookies fitting for spring break, obviously.
Like all medfeatures, I got to sit Mary down and ask her awkward interview questions. It was so nice getting to know her through baking and breakfast yesterday, the interview and recipe are below!
Where are you from, and where did you go to undergrad?
Well, I grew up in a little town in Illinois, and then I went to the Highland Park of Indianapolis, aka Carmel. I went to IU Bloomington, truly the best four years of anybody's life.
What do you do to de-stress?
When I was in college, I started cooking a lot more. I'm also into music. Most recently, I've been getting into horseback riding, it's taken some time because it can get pretty expensive. I started when I was 10 and rode pretty consistently until my brother started college, and then I got back into it my junior year of college. My horse's name is Cinder, and his show name is Fireman. We like to call him a "good citizen horse" because he's no nonsense, not naughty, and takes care of his riders, so the word "fireman" works really well for him.
What kind of music do you like to listen to?
A little bit of everything really. I love funk, big band swing, but I also really love Philip Phillips and Adele. And I love Owen and Death Cab for Cutie.
How has med school been different from what you thought?
There's always the next big test, the question of, "what if I fail," and I think I expected that. But I think it's so taxing emotionally in a very unexpected way. You put so much into it that it's hard to take time just for yourself and also find a way to spend time with other people too.
What's a nice thing about med school?
It's nice that in June there's an "end to the tunnel." I also had no idea that I would like talking to patients so much. With my 2nd patient in ICM this year, I emotionally connected with her very unexpectedly, and I had no idea that I'd be able to connect with someone like that.
You say you're into cooking, what do you like to cook?
I first started cooking Italian food, like real Italian food. But I'd say my first dive into the foodie world was when I was 13 and my parents took me out for sushi. I also really love Thai food.
What's your favorite dessert?
SIGH. Most people expect me to say chocolate, but it's actually not. I think it'd have to be tiramisu. I'm much more of a creamy over a sweet person.
Mary, thanks for being so honest and open to my interview questions. I had so much fun baking with you!
Brown butter dark chocolate cherry cookies
1 cup unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup light brown sugar
1 egg yolk
2 tbsp whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2/3 cup dried cherries
1 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1/3 cup hazelnuts, chopped
Brown the butter in a saucepan over low heat. Set aside to cool slightly.
Sift together the flour, salt, and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside.
Whisk the egg, egg yolk, milk, and vanilla extract in a small bowl; set aside.
Beat together the cooled butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar for 2 minutes on medium speed.
Add the egg mixture to the butter mixture until well combined.
Gradually add in the flour mixture. Then add the dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, and hazelnuts.
Refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 F. Scoop the dough onto the baking sheet, about 2 tbsp of dough for each scoop. Place the baking sheets in the oven and cook for 13-15 minutes, until the cookies are slightly golden. Remove from the oven, and let the cookies sit on the pan for a few minutes to complete the baking process.
Remove cookies from the pan and place onto a cooking rack. Enjoy!