Showing posts with label Brownies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brownies. Show all posts

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Fudgy Walnut Brownies that just happen to be Gluten-Free

Andrew and I watch a fair number of cooking shows on TV.  In the baking category, we’re tuned into “Cupcake Wars” and “Unique Sweets”.  For quite a while now, we’ve scoffed, more than saluted, the number of bakers who turn out Gluten-Free items. We simply could not imagine anything Gluten-Free matching up to the sheer decadence of Baked’s Brownies (
or Lisa Yokelson’s “Dark Shadows” (, both of which are outstandingly rich and irresistible.  But, as readers of Chewing the Fat know, we’ve got more than one friend who didn’t just choose to be Gluten-Free, she had to be.  So when Andrew volunteered to bring dessert to a recent party, he pulled out all the stops to find a truly fudgy, nutty brownie that could pass Gluten-Free muster.  And boy, did he succeed.

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Treats Truck's recipe for Butterscotch Brownies and memories of Andrew's Father, Gil Phillips II

         With this post, we remember Andrew’s father, Gil, whose 85th birthday would have been today had he not been taken from us in March of this year.  He was a very fine fellow, a great Father and Grandfather. A former Track and Field star in college, it's especially fitting to remember him during the London Olympic Games since he was a huge fan of the quadrennial event.  One and all know him as “Gil” and there’s a wonderful story behind why.  Andrew’s grandfather Bert, Gil’s father, was also Gilbert. However, he was quite the bon vivant and single.  He would bring many a date out to visit Andrew’s family on the North Shore of Long Island while he lived in Murray Hill in New York.  Andrew was one of 5 children and his father and mother married young.  Bert may have been a doting grandfather but he passed himself off as Gil’s brother. Thus his lady friends never hung the label Grandfather on him. So Bert stayed Bert to every one of his grandchildren and the name stuck long after his happy re-marriage.  When Gil himself became a grandfather, he carried on the family tradition and his grandchildren called him, not Granddad but Gil.   Now, unbelievably to me having seen Andrew in action baking, apparently Gil did not have much of a sweet tooth but the one thing in the world that he could not resist were Butterscotch Brownies. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

They may look like brownies to you... but they're Dark Shadows to me.

         Since Valentine's Day is fast approaching, here's a perfect Valentine to give your amour.  It's chocolate, of course, because chocolate is said to have aphrodisiac properties.  Going back to the Aztecs, there’s been a link drawn between the cocoa bean and desire. But even if you're cynical about that connection, see if you don't find this description irresistible: " The following recipe is what happens when chocolate is used to its fullest capacity: dark, rich squares of buttery sweetness, wrapped in underpinnings of vanilla, are interrupted with miniature semi-sweet chocolate chips.” Take it from one who has eaten one of these superb treats: they’re almost as good as you-know-what.  Not quite. But almost.