Brownies. With Nuts.

Mmmm brownies

These are always a hit. A long time ago these started out as the cocoa brownies in  Betty Crocker’s Best of Baking, slowly evolving with some grown-up touches like Kahlua and some salt on top.  These are a quick and easy rich treat to be munched in a little over half an hour.  Just remember the Alton Brown sling when preparing the pan! (You remember that one, right? Where he uses parchment to line the bottom and go up the sides?)

 

You can almost make out the sugar and salt on top
Extreme close up to see the sugar and salt on top

 

Chocolate Orgasm Brownies
Serves 16
Rich, dense brownie with chunks of dark chocolate and a salty/sweet nut topping.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
177 calories
22 g
39 g
9 g
2 g
4 g
44 g
195 g
16 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
44g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177
Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
14%
Saturated Fat 4g
22%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 39mg
13%
Sodium 195mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 22g
7%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
2%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
For the batter
  1. 1 c. sugar
  2. 1/2 c. unsalted butter
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 c. Kahlua
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 2/3 c. AP flour
  7. 1/2 c. dutch-process cocoa
  8. 1/2 tsp baking powder
  9. 1/4 tsp. salt
For the topping
  1. 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  2. 1/2 c. bittersweet chocolate chips or chopped chunks
  3. 2 Tbsp. raw sugar
  4. 1 tsp. kosher or flake salt
Instructions
  1. Mix the topping in a small bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350*. Coat inside of 9x9x2 square pan with cooking spray. Take a sheet of parchment paper 9" wide, and make an Alton Brown-style brownie sling.
  3. In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients. Mix the wet in the mixer, add in the dry. Mix just until combined. Place batter in the prepared pan. Smooth surface. Sprinkle with the topping.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes, until tester comes out clean. You will see the brownies pulling a little from the edge. DO NOT OVER BAKE. Cool 10 minutes, loosed the non-parchment side and *gently* lift the brownies from the pan for slicing.
Adapted from Betty Crocker's Best of Baking
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calories
177
fat
9g
protein
2g
carbs
22g
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Adapted from Betty Crocker's Best of Baking
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Curried Lentil Soup

3/8/15 – Alas, dear friends, this post was also hacked. And I did not see it before I had the back up version restored. So…..we have some pictures, and the recipe….
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Curried Lentil Soup
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
355 calories
24 g
68 g
26 g
8 g
15 g
381 g
438 g
7 g
1 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
381g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 355
Calories from Fat 229
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g
40%
Saturated Fat 15g
77%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 68mg
23%
Sodium 438mg
18%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
9%
Sugars 7g
Protein 8g
Vitamin A
95%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
4%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 1# green lentils
  2. 3 carrots, peeled and in soup-sized discs
  3. 2 Tsbp. unsalted butter.
  4. 2 potatoes, peeled and in 1" dice
  5. 1/2 large white onion, in 1/2" dice
  6. 2 celery stalks, in soup-sized discs
  7. 2 quarts chicken stock
  8. 1/4 c. Patak's mild curry paste
  9. Chopped cilantro and sliced lime for garnish
Instructions
  1. Rinse and inspect the lentils for any undesirables.
  2. In a large soup pot, heat the butter on medium and add the onion and potato. Cook until the onions begin to get clear around the edges and the spuds have absorbed some of the butter.
  3. Add everything but the garnish to the pot, simmer on medium-low for about forty minutes.
  4. It's done when the lentils are tender.
  5. Take your stick blender to one side of the pot and blend about half - this makes for a creamier soup.
Notes
  1. Buy the curry paste. It is FAR superior to the powders.
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calories
355
fat
26g
protein
8g
carbs
24g
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The Quest for the Perfect Cranberry Scone, Episode 2

Cranberry Clementine Scones
Cranberry Clementine Scones

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3/8/2015 – Well, this sucks. This post was hacked and deleted, and I don’t have a back up. Stupid hack fucks.  At least we still have pictures, and honestly this is the same scone base I always use, just with two Tbsp clementine zest and 1/2c. chopped fresh or frozen cranberries added and skip the lemon and pistachio, and the glaze is made with the juice from those clementines. 

 

Sweet Potato Kale Skillet with Chicken, Garlic & Onion

No process shots this week, kids. Just the final product – this is a planned over.  When chicken breasts are on sale for 99 cents a pound, I always buy a big pack and roast them, then dice them and freeze them for quick meals through the week. 

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This dish features beautiful kale – they way it is best. Sautéd with garlic, served with a touch of balsamic vinegar.  Not puréed in to some hipster smoothie like a hamster shat in your glass, or baked to a chip that looks and tastes like the shit petrified in your fridge for six months.  No, this is luscious, tender but firm, sweet and slightly bitter.  A fantastic foil for the melting sweetness of the onion and potato. Yum!

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Sweet Potato Kale Skillet with Chicken
Serves 2
Quick planned overs - sweet potato and onion sauteed with kale, garlic and chicken. Served with a nice balsamic vinegar.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
272 calories
18 g
37 g
15 g
17 g
2 g
274 g
347 g
4 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
274g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 272
Calories from Fat 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g
23%
Saturated Fat 2g
12%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 37mg
12%
Sodium 347mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 18g
6%
Dietary Fiber 3g
10%
Sugars 4g
Protein 17g
Vitamin A
185%
Vitamin C
9%
Calcium
5%
Iron
8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2Tbsp olive oil
  2. 1/2 medium white onion, sliced in crescent moons
  3. 3 minced cloves of garlic
  4. 1 large roasted sweet potato, cubed
  5. 1 large cooked chicken breast, cubed
  6. 1 small bunch of kale, chopped
  7. 1 c. chicken broth
  8. S&P
Instructions
  1. First, roast the sweet potato. Pierce it a couple times and roll it up in sheet of wax paper, twisting the ends. Cook it in the microwave for 7-8 minutes. Get the rest of your mis en place done while it cooks. Let it cool for a couple minutes, then peel and cube it. It will be HOT, be careful. And it doesn't have to be 100% done because it's going to cook in the pan with the kale.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. Add the onions and stir over medium high for a couple minutes until they're halfway translucent. Add the cubed sweet potato and chicken, toss to coat with the oil and onion. Lay all the kale on top, and sprinkle the garlic over the kale. S&P. Reduce the heat to low, pour in the chicken broth and cover.
  4. Cook about 20 minutes, until the kale is what you consider done. Check after 10 if you like it still mostly raw.
  5. Serve with a sprinkling of good balsamic vinegar and a grind or two more of the black pepper.
Notes
  1. You could totally make this with rotisserie chicken, or even those frozen cooked chicken breasts, but I would leave out the salt and use 2/3 c stock and 1/3 c water. You can always add more salt at the end if needed.
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calories
272
fat
15g
protein
17g
carbs
18g
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