AUTHOR: Julia TITLE: Thank you! DATE: 11/11/2008 07:18:00 AM ----- BODY:

Psychgrad at Equal Opportunity Kitchen gave me my first blogging award! This is quite an honor for two reasons:

1. As you know, I just started blogging a few months ago. I've enjoyed the practice of writing on a regular basis and forcing myself to try new recipes and think about food in a different way. It's flattering to know that others are enjoying my blog as well!

2. The award comes from Psychgrad, quite an accomplished food-blogger. She and her mother co-write their "living cookbook with colour commentary." I started reading their blog soon after I started my own. I've enjoyed reading about their culinary adventures, especially their perspecitve on Jewish holidays and food. I'm always inspired by their recipes, and they help get me out of my own cooking rut.

If you were in Cambridge, I would make you a thank you present:


Cappuccino Brownies with Cinnamon and Chocolate Glaze
8 oz. semi sweet chocolate
6 oz. soft butter
2 tbs. instant espresso, dissolved in 1 tbs. boiling water
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4 eggs.
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp. salt.

1. Melt chocolate and butter together. Mix in espresso, vanilla and sugar.

2. Beat in eggs, one at a time until fully incorporated.

3. Mix in flour and salt.

4. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes in a 9” x 13” pan.

5. Remove brownies from pan and let cool. Spread cream cheese frosting on top, and let cool in the refrigerator.

6. Pour chocolate glaze ontop of frosting. Let set. Cut into bite sizes pieces.

These freeze well so you can eat just a few at a time and save the rest for later.

Frosting
8 oz. cream cheese
6 tbs. soft butter
1 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon

Mix everything together

Chocolate Glaze

6 oz. semi sweet chocolate
2 tbs. butter
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tbs. instant espresso dissolved in 1 tbs. boiling water

1. Melt everything together in the top of a double boiler.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Psychgrad DATE:11/11/2008 09:08:00 AM I just calculated it...it would take me about 5 hours to drive to Cambridge - not including any border delays. :)

Delicious-looking brownies...5 hour car ride....hmmm. I guess I'll have to enjoy them visually this time. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:11/11/2008 09:31:00 AM Psychgrad, HA! You're talking to the wrong gal about this one... I drove 18 hours round-trip to get my lamb. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) DATE:11/11/2008 08:45:00 PM Love the look of those brownies -- I'm a sucker for most anything that combines chocolate and coffee. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Blogger Julia DATE:11/12/2008 08:54:00 PM Lydia, It really is a winning combination! And the cinnamon adds the perfect j'ne sais quoi. Maybe you'll need to accept the brownies on behalf of Psychgrad? ----- --------