It's a new year. I'm sure you've heard. Maybe you saw some fireworks, went out to a bar, or noticed the line at Blockbuster was a little longer then usual.
We had a party. Really. Us. I know this is a foreign concept. It is to me too. Strangely it went well. We played Crokinole and ate leftover Christmas cookies.
I guess it's a little late to add some posts about Christmas cookies, isn't it? Like I told my niece (birthday early December) and my friend's children (celebrating Hannukah), someday Aunt Tammy won't be doing finals during this time of year and I'll get all together.
I do have a great brownie recipe though. I've been working on it this year. Trying recipes by David Lebovitz, King Arthur's flour, and Ina Garten. Most were too rich, some made too much, some too crumbly. I liked Mark Bittman's base recipe so I added some things too it and came up with this.
2 oz (I usually throw 2 squares in) unsweetened chocolate
6oz semi-sweet chocolate
8 TBL unsalted butter (1 stick), softened
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup flour (a bit less if you like them really fudgey...even down to 1/4 c)
1/2 tsp vanilla
a few handfulls of chocolate chips
Preheat oven (350), grease 8x8 pan (or line and grease foil).
Melt chocolates (not chips) and butter and stir until smooth. Beat in eggs, flour, salt, vanilla. Add to pan. Lightly fold in chocolate chips at regular intervals. Bake 20 minutes or so until set. Do not overbake.
The new year is also a great time to thank about what kind of goals you want to set yourself, what kind of subjects you want to delve in, what you want to learn and do.
So in addition to the whole learn to cook beans and use the pressure cooker without killing anyone I have a crazy interest in ham radio (really!)...and kayaking.
I'm such a geek. If you know anything at all about those 4 subjects (beans, pressure cookers, ham radio, kayaking) feel free to write in the comments section. We'll see how this all develops.