Fried olives, a peach cobbler cookie and Hamburger Helper

This week’s roundup is excellent fodder for the sweet tooth. But there are also two savory gems here – one of which is a standout snack, and the other of which is a home-cooked meal that will take you back to your childhood.

Also, if there’s something you ate recently that was so good it made you send it to the group chat or post it online, I want to hear about it. Email me at [email protected] or find me on twitter.

Pecan nuts and fried olives at Gemma

Texas pecans and crispy fried Castelvetrano olives at Gemma.(Amanda Albee)

My favorite bar snack is Gemma’s scalding Texas pecans and crispy fried Castelvetrano olives. Less hearty than Scotch eggs, more refined than chicken wings, and far more exciting than mixed nuts, these buttery bites make delicious, addictive little bits to accompany a drink. I ate them like popcorn, enjoying the warm, creamy, crunchy bites almost as much as my negroni’s gin from Gemma’s negroni bar. Originating in Sicily, Castelvetrano olives are considered by some to be the best in the world. best olives. After munching on these, I fully understood why. — Amanda Albeecollaborating writer

Gemma is located at 2323 N. Henderson Ave. #109, Dallas. gemmadallas.com.

Palmieri coffee pasticciotto

Palmieri Cafe at the Dallas Farmers Market is the only place in town that...
Palmieri Cafe at the Dallas Farmers Market is the only place in town that makes pasticciotto, a southern Italian pastry.(Tina Danze)

Southern Italian pasticciotto draws me in again and again at Palmieri Cafe at the Dallas Farmers Market – the only place in town that does it. The oval-shaped dough is richer than it looks. A buttery shortcrust pastry surrounds a generous filling of silky pastry cream; my favorite version is the vanilla custard, with a few Amarena cherries adding a tart twist. If you get it to go, you’ll want to eat it as soon as you can. It is sold hot, which gives a melting quality to the crust and a more luxurious mouthfeel to the pastry cream. Although pasticciotto is always good at room temperature, you can reheat it for a few minutes in the oven. Eat it at the Palmieri Cafe and you can sip a superb espresso drink between bites.

Pasticciotto hails from Galatina, Lecce, the town in southeastern Italy where Corrado Palmieri, owner of Palmieri Cafe, grew up. Before launching Palmieri Cafe more than seven years ago, Palmieri returned to his native country to perfect his pasticciotto and other regional pastries, learning from a respected baker. Besides other sweet pastries – including chocolate or pistachio pasticciotto – Palmieri Cafe also sells delicious savory pastries and calzones. You can order online and pick up curbside. — Tina Danze, Contributing Writer

Palmieri Cafe is located at the Dallas Farmers Market at 920 S. Harwood St., Dallas. palmicafe.com.

The best things we ate this week: sandwiches, sandwiches, sandwiches

Peach Cobbler Cookie at Cookie Society

The Cookie Society Peach Cobbler Cookie is available through September 30, 2022.
The Cookie Society Peach Cobbler Cookie is available through September 30, 2022.(Courtesy of the Cookie Society)

It was a great gastronomic week for me. There was crispy duck confit, Neapolitan pizza, steak frites, tacos al pastor and heirloom tomato sandwiches on toasted brioche. But of all of these, my favorite bite was the peach cobbler cookie I had from Cookie Society. I’ll be honest and admit that cookies don’t usually excite me, but this was an exception. This cookie is made with a puff pastry square in the middle and topped with a peach cobbler filling before going in the oven. It’s like a pie and a cookie working together on a hit single, a kind of summer anthem single. The sad news is that the Peach Cookie is a limited feature of Cookie Society’s inventive and ever-changing menu. The good news is that it’s available until September 30. You have three weeks before it disappears. — Claire Ballorfood journalist

Cookie Society has two locations, one at 5100 Belt Line Rd., Suite 830, Dallas. The original location is at 9320 Dallas Pkwy., Suite 160, Frisco. cookiessociety.com.

Homemade Burger Helper The New York Times

The New York Times Homemade Hamburger Helper is made with hot sauce, a...
The New York Times Homemade Hamburger Helper is made with hot sauce, a great way to season instead of salt.(Nick Rallo)

I love to cook, and my wife has incredibly specific cravings (seriously, it’s like getting a detailed dinner vision from her future self). So, a few days ago, she received a dinner vision in the form of a prompt: “Can we do Hamburger Helper but not terrible?” Down the halls of Google I went, only to find the Valhalla of recipes for great versions of stuff we ate as kids.

This is a good, NASA-accurate, time-and-change recipe for blasting the moon for Dallas Homemade Hamburger Helper and cookbook author. Priya Krishna (via Mark Rosati, Shake Shack’s Culinary Director). The dry white wine and chicken broth zap the smoke and richness of the bacon and ground beef. Hot sauce, a great way to season instead of salt, electrifies creamy American cheese and cheddar. It’s sticky and sensational. A direct quote from my wife: “OK, yeah, that’s amazing.” A shower of chives is the finishing touch, because we need our vegetables. — Nick Rallocollaborating writer

Recipe to cooking.nytimes.com.

Açaí bowl at Bodega de Hi Line

You can score an acai bowl from The Bodega at Hi Line in the Design District until midnight...
You can score an acai bowl from The Bodega at Hi Line in the Design District until midnight on weekdays and until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.(Desmond Spann)

In Dallas, there seems to be a lack of healthy late-night food options. Back from a trip to Los Angeles, I wanted a good bowl of acai (of which California is full). The problem was that it was almost midnight when my flight landed in Dallas. I googled the closest places in town to satisfy my smoothie bowl cravings and, to my surprise, I found what I was looking for. La Bodega du Hi Line, a superfood bar in the Design district, is open until midnight on weekdays and until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. When I called to check it was open, co-owner Lloyd Kim assured me that an acai bowl would be waiting for me.

The bowls, which you can get in three sizes, come with unlimited toppings of organic fruit, granola, and syrups like honey and almond butter. Additional toppings available include goji berries, chia seed pudding, bee pollen, golden berries, shredded coconut, cocoa nibs, and traditional ice cream toppings. For smoothie bases, La Bodega offers dragon fruit, coconut, mango, blue dream (made with spirulina, coconut and pineapple) and passion fruit . I added them all to my bowl with no regrets. Generous and colorful proportions, Instagram-friendly, affordable, nutritious and open late – what more could you ask for? My acai bowl didn’t even come home. I sat in my car and devoured all 32 oz. — Tina Tien Nguyencollaborating writer

The Bodega at Hi Line is located at 1400 Hi Line Dr. Suite 120, Dallas. thebodegaonline.com.

The best things we ate this week: our favorite Thai street food, plus prawns and grits
The best things we ate this week: Bánh mì pizza, peach toast and peanut butter beer
The best things we ate this week: bar hot dogs, new Shiner beer and churro cruffins

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