Chocolate Cravings…

May 6th, 2010

I’m living in a fog of partnerships, corporations, international copyright, patents… oh yes, first rule of food blogger don’t bore your readers… sorry!

However, thoughts of chocolate were distracting me from studying so I made these Best Cocoa Brownies from Alice Medrich’s Bittersweet via Piece of Cake.  They were delicious!  Decadent and fudgy!  Considering this cookbook has a section on brownies, I’ll be checking it out this summer… mmm… how many brownies is too many in one day?

Celebrate Good Times…

April 22nd, 2010

Come on! Today was the last day of class… so exciting! Just need to study for exams and then summer!

I’ll be in DC this summer so I’m beginning the fun and creative process of cleaning out the fridge, freezer and pantry… So many fun ideas…  stay tuned… also, I’ll start working on the Culinary Mad Libs recipes… if you have not given me an ingredient and entered the giveaway, please jump on over and leave a comment.

Recently, I was enthralled by Ideas in Food’s Hot Chocolate Brownies.  They always have such amazing ideas.  I happened to have some really good dark swiss chocolate hot chocolate mix that I used. I did not add the nuts or caramel. They were very good, however, they did have more of a box-brownie taste than I would have liked.  Of course, not enough to stop me from devouring them.

Books that influenced me…

April 7th, 2010

Juan recently encouraged me to read Marginal Revolution, a blog written by two economists that link to and write random and interesting blog posts…I really enjoy it!  I’ve learned a lot of interesting facts and it is entertaining to read.  Recently, Tyler Cowen (who is also loves food) wrote a post about the books that have influenced his worldview the most.  This has started a huge slew of blog posts by economist and such listing their favorite books, most of which one would expect… Plato, Aristotle, Ayn Rand, Proust, Nietzsche, Keynes… just to name a few… well, it got me thinking… What books have influenced me?

These are the books that come to mind as those that have some influence on me and my world view… my current list…

1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

2. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

3. Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges

4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (not the movie!)

5. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

6. Gitanjali by Rabindranath Tagore

7. Joy of Cooking

8. No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre

9. Declaration of Independence/Constitution

10. The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci (it counts- I first saw it in a book!)

What influences you?  In particular, what are your culinary influences?

These Classic Brownies are adapted by Post-Collegiate Cooking a Deux from the Joy of Cooking.  I halved the recipe and substituted 3 tablespoon of cocoa for one of the ounces of baking chocolate.  I also did not have baking power so I nixed it and I used about 5.5 tablespoons butter.  They worked and did not last long… very fudgey!