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  1. Sunday, September 19, 2010

    Week 191 Menu

    I hope you all enjoyed getting a little taste of Menlo Park this week! It was very fun sharing our town with you!

    I made these cookies last night. After reading this tweet from Christine Koh, I couldn’t resist. I think the cookies are pretty and they taste like super flat but rich and moist brownies. I’ve never worked with a cookie recipe like this – the dough was much more the consistency of batter and I was skeptical right up until the moment I ate them. Also, I didn’t have all the stuff to make them chunky, so I think mine came out differently than they were supposed to…but they still tasted good. It’s always fun trying new recipes! Especially with chocolate involved!

    Pesto Tortellini Soup

    Baked Stuffed Squash

    Easy Peasy Bean Tacos

    – Leftovers

    – Waffles
    – Fruit

    – Eat out (my birthday!)

    – Nate’s Omelettes (he’s really perfecting them…so, I’m going to put in in charge of dinner!)
    – Fruit

    Last week was great! So many of you stepped up with menus – yippee! Keep up the good work!  Please share your menu, big or small! Also, if you want to share what you have already cooked, of course we love that, too! On last week’s menu post, Andrea labeled her menu “Last Week for Dinner,” which totally made me laugh – love it!

  2. Thursday, June 3, 2010

    True Confessions of a Food Blogger…I have a Brownie Mental Block

    brownies block web

    Today I feel like I need to confess something. I write about baking brownies on here and act like all is well with the world. But…I have to say, when it comes to brownies, I have a serious mental block. 75% of the time I take them out of the oven too early. I can’t explain it. I’m supremely conscious of the fact that I do not want to take them out early, and I still do it! I think I need to go into baking therapy.

    Take, for instance, Julia Child’s Best-Ever Brownies. The first time I made them, perfection. So, of course I started to feel confident again, like I can bake brownies properly or something. The second time I made them? I kid you not, an 8″ x 8″ pan of chocolate pudding. Good thing I like chocolate goo. Too bad Nate doesn’t.

    Help me! Please give me the confidence and courage to bake a brownie to doneness without the fear of burning them. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…

    Side note: The brownies pictured were almost cooked all the way.

    Another side note: I think the only way to remedy this situation is to practice, practice, practice…right?

  3. Tuesday, February 2, 2010

    Chunky Blonde Blondies

    I love the idea of “blondies,” but whenever I bake them they’re never that great. I just can’t find a decent recipe. When I was a kid, I remember my mom and her sisters finding a recipe for macadamia white chocolate blondies that were buttery, rich and delicious. I suppose the trouble with my quest for a good blondie recipe is that no bar can live up to the memory of that particular blondie from years ago, a memory which may or may not be accurate, I know!

    chunky blonde blondies web

    I found this post on Sweet and Savory Tooth recently and knew I had to try the recipe for Chunky Blonde Brownies that she shares. Nate was skeptical of yet another blondie endeavor, but in the end he gave his seal of approval. Success! They were very good…especially right out of the oven! And I thought the proportion of batter to the size of the pan was perfect, so they cooked nice and evenly.

    The big question: does this recipe live up to the ideal in my head? As Larry David might say, it’s pretty pretty pretty pretty close.

    Chunky Blonde Blondies
    From Taste of Home Baking Book, via Heather
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Serves: 2 dozen bars
    • ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup white chips
    • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
    • ¾ cup macadamia nuts, chopped, divided
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the white chips, chocolate chips and ½ cup nuts. (Jane note: for the ½ cup that I mixed into the batter, I pulsed the nuts in my Cuisinart processor, so they got chopped up pretty good. I liked how the small bits spread throughout the batter. For the ¼ cup of nuts I sprinkled on top, I hand chopped for a little bit bigger pieces.)
    2. Spoon into a greased 9 x 13 baking pan; spread to evenly cover bottom of pan. Sprinkle with remaining nuts. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until top begins to crack and is golden brown. Cool completely on wire rack, then cut into bars. Makes about 2 dozen bars.

  4. Sunday, September 13, 2009

    Week 138 Menu…and an honest-to-goodness delicious brownie mix

    I hate brownie mixes. Even the double chocolate Ghirardelli mix that everyone swears by doesn’t cut it for me. So, when I tell you I LOVE a brownie mix, you better believe it’s a good one. The Trader Joe’s Brownie Truffle Baking Mix is to die for. This is what the box looks like so that you can recognize it and buy it as soon as you see it.

    trader joes brownie mix

    The brownies AND the batter taste homemade. Could the fact that you add a stick of butter to the mix possibly be part of the reason it’s so good? Perhaps…

    Okey dokey, this week’s menu. Oh my, I have a lot of duplicates from last week. I made leftovers really stretch last week, which was nice for me and my lazy ways.

    – Beef Stroganoff

    – Breakfast for dinner

    – Pork chops
    – Veggie

    – Leftovers

    – Paninis

    – Eat out

    – Pot roast, potatoes, veggie, rolls…the works!

    Time for all of your menus! Please share! Pretty please! Pretty pretty pretty please…with a cherry on top?

  5. Thursday, September 13, 2007

    Call For Recipes! BLONDIES

    Yesterday I got a hankering for Blondies, you know, butterscotch brownies, chocolate chip cookies bars, whatever you want to call them. (Sidenote: my previous complete and total desire for salty foods this pregnancy is fast slipping away and I’m back to my “I need a treat” self. Phew.)

    So, I took myself in the kitchen, got out my Better Homes & Gardens New Baking Book(which I love) and looked up Blondies. The recipe tells you to melt the butter and brown sugar together til sugar dissolves (that stuff is HOT by the way), cool slightly, then add the eggs. During the “cool slightly” phase, I decided to peruse Craigs List for strollers and forgot the “slightly” part…well, when I returned it was hard as a rock, and remelting was a disaster. I started over – this time I cooled “VERY slightly” to avoide the previous mistake and scrambled my eggs in the sugar – what a rookie mistake! I’m ashamed! I gave up.

    The last time I made Blondies they weren’t that great anyway – kind of got hard overnight. So, I need your help! Please post your best Blondie recipe (with no melting and slightly cooling involved, if at all possible)! This pregnant woman is desperate over here…I had to resort to an Otter Pop for my “treat” last night, which just isn’t the same as buttery, chocolatey goodness!

  6. Thursday, April 12, 2007

    Guest Blogger: "Go-To" Recipes with Lindsey

    Today Lindsey Johnson is our guest blogger! Lindsey has two great blogs I love to visit: Cafe Johnsonia & Just Recipes (Lindsey is the source of those delicious Brownie Cookies I wrote about). Lindsey was recently a week-long guest blogger for the fabulous Design Mom as well. I’m so happy we get to have her here – thank you, Lindsey!

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    Can I start by saying what an honor it is to be a Guest Blogger on the great TWFD blog? Jane is such a gracious host. Don’t you just love her blog?

    I’m sure you are like me and have your favorite recipes that are your “go-to” recipes. They are familiar and comfortable and hard to mess up. I love those kinds of recipes.

    I’ve assembled my list of recipes that I “go-to” on a regular basis. I hope you will post your own “go-to” ideas and recipes in the comment section so we can all get some new ideas and maybe even find a few new favorites.

    Main Dish/Casserole.
    When I’m taking dinner to a friend that has just had a baby or when I haven’t shopped, or when I just want to eat some good, old comfort food, I turn to Chicken Pot Pie with Biscuit Topping. I always have the ingredients on hand and I know that it will last a few days for leftovers. And it’s really, really good. The recipe was originally a Cooks’ Illustrated recipe that I’ve kind of made into my own.

    Side dishes.
    I’m a huge fan of simple meals. I like the occasional casserole (like the pot pie), but usually I am doing some kind of chicken, beef, or pork with two sides. The easiest sides, for me, are those that can be done quickly and cook while the main dish is being prepared.

    Enter Roasted Veggies & Potatoes. Follow the recipe here and you will be eating your veggies like candy.

    Green salad.
    I adore green salads. (And most other salads, too, really.) Growing up, salad was that iceberg lettuce mix with shredded carrots and ranch. Hmm. Pretty boring. No wonder I didn’t like salad much as a kid.

    I love that you can find gourmet greens in most supermarkets now. And there are myriad ways to dress up those greens. You can add pretty much anything you want and have a great salad.

    One of my favorite salads is very fruity and hearty. I also like to make my own dressing, but store-bought salad dressings are fine. Isn’t it all about what you like anyway? (Click here to see what’s in the salad)

    I also have two favorite vinaigrettes/dressings, Raspberry Vinaigrette and Creamy Apple Poppy Seed Dressing.

    Moving on to dessert”¦my favorite.
    I try to only make dessert on Sunday night, but by Wednesday I find I gotta get me some chocolate. Two of my all-time favorite recipes have come from Martha Stewart.

    This recipe for ‘Carolyn’s Chocolate Chip Cookies’ was in the July 2003 issue of Martha Stewart Living. (It’s not available on her website.) I like this recipe because it doesn’t require any planning. You don’t have to let the butter soften. You only need a whisk, no pulling out the mixer. And they are really soft, chewy and yummy. (I’m making myself hungry just thinking about them.)

    It has taken about 26 years to really love chocolate. (I shouldn’t tell you that because I don’t want to lose my credibility.) There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t have a handful of chocolate chips, or something chocolaty. But when I get really serious about my need/want for chocolate, I go straight for brownies.

    I found this recipe for Brownie Cupcakes when I was searching for something else and there was no looking back. They are easy. It only requires one bag of semi-sweet chips””I always seem to have those on hand. And again, no mixer required. They are good with or without the chocolate frosting. But make sure you have a big glass of milk nearby. They are so rich and fudgy.

    Now that I’ve shared my “go-to” recipes, I want to hear what your “go-to” favorites are!

    images in this post courtesy of lindsey johnson

  7. Wednesday, January 31, 2007

    Brownie Cupcakes

    Brownie Cupcakes
    From Martha Stewart via Lindsey Johnson
    Recipe type: Dessert
    Serves: 12 brownies
    • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 (11 ounces) package semi-sweet chocolate chips–Trader Joe’s is best
    • 3 large eggs
    • 1 cup sugar
    • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
    • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa
    • ⅛ teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼-1/2 teaspoon salt (optional, but I think it needs it)
    • 1 cup coarsely chopped nuts (walnuts, or pecans)
    • Chocolate frosting (totally optional)
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 count muffin tin with cupcake liners. Spray well with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
    2. In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and 8 ounces of chocolate. Stir until smooth. Remove from heat, and set aside. (You can use the microwave, but be VERY careful not to burn the chocolate. Check it after every 30 seconds to a minute and on 50% power.)
    3. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs and sugar together until well combined. Add the flour, cocoa, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the melted butter/chocolate mixture. Stir in remaining 3 ounces of chocolate and nuts.
    4. Using a 2 oz. ice cream scoop, fill cupcake liners ¾ full with batter. Bake until a firm crust forms on the cupcakes, about 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool, about 10 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pan and continue to cool on a wire rack.
    5. Frost the cupcakes with a generous amount of chocolate frosting. (They are really rich and don’t really need the frosting, but hey–do what YOU like.)

  8. RECIPES: Sweet Things

    Hello! This page that you have just landed yourself on is how I used to organize recipes on the site. However, we now have a much more robust recipe index page with all the recipes on the site organized by all kinds of helpful categories. Click here to see the full, up-to-date recipe index!

    this week for dinner blog "sweet things" recipes from @janemaynard

    Apple Bavarian Torte

    Apple Toffee Dip

    Apricot Peach Galette

    Banana Boats

    Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

    Banana Crumb Muffins

    Banana Granola Coconut Muffins

    Basic Sweet Crêpes

    Berry Saucy Syrup

    “Best Ever” Brownies (from Ruth Reichl)

    Black Bean Brownies

    Blueberry Muffins

    Bread Pudding

    Brownie Cupcakes


    Buttercream Frosting

    Caramel Apple Galette

    Chicken Parmesan

    Chocolate Almond Crackles

    Chocolate Bread Pudding

    Chocolate Cake

    Chocolate Cake Doughnuts

    Chocolate Cake with Raspberry White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (say that 5 times fast…I dare ya!)

    Chocolate Candy Cane Biscotti

    Chocolate Cherry Biscotti

    Chocolate Chip Amish Puff Cookies

    Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Bread

    Chocolate Chip Cookies (NYTimes recipe)

    Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Crispier)

    Chocolate Chip Granola Bars (Chewier)

    Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Coconut Cookies (The Perfect Cookie)

    Chocolate Chip Pretzel Cookie Bars

    Chocolate Chunk Oatmeal Coconut Cookies

    Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding

    Chocolate Cupcakes

    Chocolate Ganache Cake

    Chocolate Ganache Tart

    Chocolate Idiot Cake

    Chocolate Mint Cookies

    Chocolate Mousse

    Chocolate Mousse (Julia Child recipe)

    Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Bars (No-Bake)

    Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

    Chocolate Swirl Cookies

    Chocolate Zucchini Bread

    Chunky Blonde Blondies

    Cinnamon Sugar Biscotti

    Cinnamon-Sugar Donut Drops (aka Turkey Leg Donuts)

    Coconut Caramel Sauce

    Cornflake-Chocolate-Chip-Marshmallow Cookies (a.k.a. Milk Bar Cookies)

    Cornflake Crunch and Crispy Crunch 

    Cranberry Cutie Mocktail

    Cranberry Slush

    Cranberry Orange Slush

    Cranberry Sauce

    Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Cream Cheese Chocolate Fudge

    Creamy Juices

    Crispy Crunch Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Crispy French Toast

    Crispy Peanut Butter Cups (easy!)

    Deep Dark Chocolate Bundt Cake


    Double Chocolate Milkshake

    French Silk Pie

    Fresh Coconut Ice Cream

    Frost Bite Mocktail

    Fruit Dip

    Fudge (cream cheese fudge, to be exact!)

    Fudge (Carnation recipe; made with evaporated milk)

    Glazed Chocolate Cake

    Gooey Cinnamon Biscuits

    Grandma Blomquist’s Brownies

    Grandma McCarthy’s Brownies

    Grandma Wallin’s Bulle

    Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream

    Homemade Chocolate Syrup

    Homemade Creamsicles

    Homemade Frozen Yogurt

    Homemade Oreos

    Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

    Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

    Hot Chocolate (easy and amazing)

    Vanilla Hot Chocolate Mix (also amazing, not as easy, good holiday gift)

    Hot Vanilla

    Julia Child’s Best Ever Brownies

    Kaiserschmarrn (or Emperor’s Pancakes; a traditional Austrian dessert)

    Lemon Bar Squares

    Lemon Cheesecake

    Liege Belgian Waffles

    Life by Chocolate Cupcakes

    Magic Peanut Butter Middles

    Makes-Its-Own-Crust Apple Pie

    Marshmallows (homemade)

    Melt-Away Cookies

    Mexican Wedding Cookies


    Mini Molten Chocolate Cakes

    Norma’s Brownies

    Nut Tart

    Oat Bran Muffins

    Oreo Truffles

    Peanut Butter Blobs

    Pineapple Satay

    Pots de Crème au Chocolat

    Pumpkin Cheesecake

    Pumpkin Coffee Cake

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

    Pumpkin Rocks

    Pumpkin Squares

    Raspberry Sauce (or blueberry)

    Roasted Nectarines (or any other stone fruit; great with burrata or ice cream!)

    Rolo Cookies

    Salted Brown Butter Cookies

    Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

    Salted Caramel Thumbprints

    Scotch Truffle Hearts

    Scottish Shortbread Cookies

    Seven-Minute Frosting

    Skillet Chocolate Chip Cookie

    Skillet Peaches A La Mode

    Sour Cream Sugar Cookies

    Spiced Pecan & Pumpkin Butter

    Strawberry Banana Coconut Smoothie Shake

    Strawberry Icing (amazing and simple)

    Strawberry Milkshakes

    Stewed Plums

    Swedish Semla (cream filled buns)

    Sweet Chex Mix

    Swiss Meringue Buttercream Frosting

    Tres Leches Cake

    Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

    Vetebröd (Swedish Cardamom Bread)

    Whipped Cream

    Whipped Cream Pudding Frosting

    White Chocolate Raspberry Cake

    Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Whoopie Pies