I’ve been preparing myself all day for this post. First, I showered and washed my hair. Then while peacefully finding my new route home through the summer construction, “Let Me Clear My Throat” comes on shuffle on the ol’ stereo. WHAT? That’s an omen, my friends. And finally, a few minutes before my fingers started typing this very post, I ate some chocolate chips. So you could say I’m ready for this.
I should tell you that I’m no expert, but that’s kind of the thing that I’m offering you, too. If I write a post about gardening, it won’t be for an experienced green thumb, It will be for the person like me, who as a little girl ate green beans right off the stem from the garden and wants to taste that fresh, gritty taste again (but also doesn’t know how to assess sunlight direction and may not own a watering can…). What I’m saying is I’m an incredibly ambitious beginner. And my goal is to inspire some timid beginners to…begin! This is a place of fearlessly trying something new.
You could always just look at the food pictures too. Whatever.
Either way, welcome.
P.S This brownie recipe is awesome. I wish that somehow they begin pouring through the screen for you. Once you try these you won’t find that wish weird.
The Perfect Brownie (Whole Wheat Flour)
Yields: 9 brownies (or 18 if you cut them into triangles like I do) (or 1 if you just go for it with a fork); Prep: 5 minutes; Total: *20 minutes
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup of Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 Cup Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Cup (1 stick) of melted butter (try to get grass-fed, organic if you have the resources to)
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
3/4 Cup Chocolate Chips (I prefer semi-sweet (Trader Joe’s brand is the bomb dot com), BC prefers dark)
Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 pan and preheat the oven to 350º
Use a large mixing bowl (you only need one dish to mix everything) and combine the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Whisk until well combined (No lumps!). Add in the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla extract and mix until rich and dreamy. Fold in those chips.
Spread the batter in your greased pan into an even layer and pop in the oven. Bake for *15-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut and share and eat as soon as you can.
Recipe adapted from Lisa Leake
*My oven seems to be hotter than average, so adjust accordingly. Also, I use a 9×9 pan so my bake time will be less than if an 8×8 is used