HIM In The Kitchen

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January 24, 2013 by beanerbar

We at beaner think this IS the best cookie in the world. We are lucky to have fresh batches through out the week.

A few words from our Friend Armando from ” HIM in the kitchen.”
“Tell us about yourself Armando,and how did you came up with this amazing cookie?!”

My name is Armando. I am a Photographer and a Baker. I studied photography at Pratt Institute and after a few years of assisting I decided to take a break and enrolled in a Pastry and Baking course at the Institute of Culinary Education. I used to spend my summers in Portugal working at my aunt’s bakery, making breads and pastries, and that influenced me in taking the pastry program. Once I completed the course I worked at David Burke and Donatella, and Sullivan Street Bakery for some time.
But then I decided to get back into photography and combine the best of both worlds; Photography & Food. So now I mostly specialize in Food Photography, Still Life, & Interiors.
About 5 years ago, I started experimenting on a cookie recipe. I knew I wanted to incorporate Cardamom and Cayenne Pepper so I tried several recipes, altering the ratios, adding and subtracting ingredients here and there. It took me a full year of tweaking the recipe until I came up with what today I think is an exquisite cookie.
It is a Cardamom, Cayenne Pepper, & Chocolate Chip Cookie Topped With Sea Salt.
Its a very intricate cookie and you taste the flavors in stages. You initially taste the sweet and salty contradiction followed by the cardamom which opens the chocolate flavor and then finally but not least the lingering subtle cayenne heat in the back of your throat.’

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