I try my very best to be a good host. I think I spend so much time worrying about having enough food and drinks, making sure my house isn’t a complete wreck, or that that the dogs aren’t making a mess in someone’s shoes that I forget about the entertaining part of the whole deal. But usually E has that covered, social butterfly that he is (Errr, social dragonfly? butterfly seems a titch too feminine…). For the
superbowl soup-er bowl, I inundated my guests with soup. Seriously, way too much soup per guest ratio. Plus, my sister made an awesome chex mix with pistachios and cheese-its. Plus, the 100 breadsticks previously mentioned. Plus, the salad previously mentioned. Plus beer, wine coolers, rum and cokes, and RumChata hot chocolates. That should’ve been plenty, right?
Until E tells me, “I can’t even remember the last time I had brownies!” “Why don’t you ever make brownies?” “Make brownies for the Superbowl dessert.” “I demand brownies!!!”
Ok, I guess it wasn’t quite that vehement, but the man wanted brownies! Considering how often he gives me a foot rub or wakes up earlier than me to go make coffee (that he doesn’t even drink!) and breakfast, I figured I could come through on the brownies thing.
I found this recipe in my Feb/March Taste of Home magazine, although it was one of those that just tease you with a photo. They make you go to the Taste of Home website to get the whole recipe. Glad I did!
Ease to Prepare:
If you grew up making brownies out of a box like I did, then this seems like a lot of extra work. But for a minimal amount more effort, you have a much better brownie.
Lots of detail – including prep time, bake time, and yield. Also, can I just say how much I love when recipes say an ingredient is divided when they’re listing the ingredients. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put the whole of an ingredient in when it was only supposed to have 1/3 now and the other 2/3 later or something.
We loved these! I sent home leftovers with everyone and, even though there were plenty of brownies to spare, E and I had to have a quick discussion about how many we were willing to let go.
Brownies are usually one of those foods that don’t require a lot of clean up to prepare – just the mixing bowl and maybe a couple measuring cups. It’s usually the pan they were baked in that gives you grief. I used a little Pam olive oil spray and had zero scrubbing to do and no baked on brownie.
I could be persuaded to rate this recipe at one dollar, but since it required a bit more than an out-of-the-box brownie and I used fancy shmancy things like chocolate chunks and bourbon, I give it two dollars. Really rich flavor for minimal cost though.