Thursday, April 29, 2010

Outrageous Brownies

I made Ina Garten's outrageous Brownie recipe yesderday.

1 pound unsalted butter
1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
6 extra-large eggs
3 tablespoons instant coffee granules
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter and flour a 12 x 18 x 1-inch baking sheet.
Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla, and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.
In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Grandma Owen

My father's Mother, Mary Owen. Picture taken in 1955.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Big New Kroger in Forest

A new Kroger opened in Forest on April 15, 2010. We went out to look it over yesterday. It's very nice and has some added attractions:

There's a "Seattleā€™s Best Coffee" in the new store, the first in Kroger's Mid-Atlantic region. There's also a Deli Bistro staffed with two chefs, a Gourmet Cheese Shop, and a Wine Shoppe with a wine steward to help customers. (The Boonesboro Kroger also has a wine steward, part-time).

Otherwise it is stocked like most of the Krogers in the area. I was particularly interested to see if they carried certain items I have trouble finding here. They had none of them.

My List:

Superfine sugar

King Syrup

Fairbanks Sherry 1.5L

Colavita Fettucini Nests

Instant Espresso

Marshmallow Fluff