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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bacon & Green Bean Heart-Attack Roll-ups

Any recipe from my fabulous sister-in-law, Heather, is always a favorite.  Check out her other contributions.

Bonnie knows how to lay a spread
Once a year is the only time you should ever have these . . . but it just wouldn't be Thanksgiving without them. I am always thankful for bacon.

This is how it looks before you refrigerate it--
not very appetizing, I'm afraid.
This is me placing the roll-ups on a platter on
Thanksgiving Day 2011 at my beautiful sister
Bonnie's house (my favorite Thanksgiving
destination), two months after my baby Calvin
was born
.  Be VERY careful when removing
your dish from the oven--see all that grease
and butter in the bottom of the pan?
Calvin, two months old
My sister Ali made my mom's delicious rolls, which recipe I will
be highlighting in November . . . 
Holy decadence, Batman!  There are never leftovers.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

This dessert is everything a brownie should be: moist, dense, rich, chocolatey . . . then multiply your dessert enjoyment by 10 when you add chunks of Reese's peanut butter cups.

This recipe card was one of the first ones I ever made, and what was I thinking with that font?  
Old card--do not use this one.
Scroll down to bottom for new card.

I found the recipe for Peanut Butter cup brownies in Wondertime magazine about five or six years ago (alas, Wondertime is no more).  They looked so good . . . but the first time I made them, they were far too sweet.  So, I reduced the sugar by half a cup, and eventually by 3/4 cup.  Then I added two more peanut butter cups to the recipe.  And a bit more salt.

Now they are perfect.
I actually only had 8 cups this time, but it's better
with ten.  Or even twelve.  Is there any kitchen
chore more delightful than shucking PB cups?
Cut each cup into fourths.  (A few times I have used a package of
bite-size Reese's instead and the brownies have been delightful)
Use real butter to grease the pan---no substitutions.
This is how it looks before you put it in the oven . . . 
This is how it looks before you put it in YOUR MOUTH
Mmmmmmm . . . brownies.  With Reese's . . .