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A few new things

It seems that I often find myself trying to come up with ideas to utilize partial amounts of ingredients such as part of a can of evaporated milk, a cup of spaghetti sauce, or half a block of cream cheese. I recently ran across a recipe that would utilize that half block of cream cheese that was in the fridge and decided to try it. The result was these delicious Cream Cheese Brownies. I saw the recipe on the America's Test Kitchen TV show on PBS. We thought the brownies were delicious and I plan to definitely add this recipe to my file.


I needed to make a dessert for a church function recently and I tried a new recipe for Old Fashioned Apple Cake from the King Arthur flour website. It too was very tasty. It helped use up some fall apples that were starting to shrivel a bit. The frosting is especially good.


Hyacinths are one of my favorite flowers. I found this bulb in the vase at the grocery store a couple weeks ago and we have enjoyed watching it grow and finally bloom. It smells wonderful! After it wilts Rob will plant it out in the yard to add to our collection. Forcing spring bulbs is one of my favorite after Christmas traditions. It makes it seem like spring truly is approaching soon. 🙂


Anything new going on at your house?


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A couple of good recipes

My DH Rob had a birthday this week and we had two celebrations to commemorate this event. I had seen this recipe for Buckeye Brownies that my friend Kristen had pinned on Pinterest and decided that it would be the perfect birthday dessert which could be served at both events. These brownies are very rich and very scrumptious. I recommend that you try them at your next special event.

I have been wanting to post the recipe for this salad for quite some time. The problem was I didn't really have a recipe--it was sort of a compilation of several recipes. A few weeks ago I finally analyzed how I made it and came up with this recipe. Be sure to try it, it's really good!

Couscous Salad

3/4 cup couscous (dry)
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup diced tomato or red pepper
1 cup diced peeled cucumber
1/2 cup chopped Kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped green or red onion
2 Tbsps. lemon juice
2 Tbsps. olive oil
2 Tbsps. crumbled feta cheese
dash of black pepper
pinch of thyme

Heat broth to boiling and then add couscous. Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. In a large bowl whisk together the oil and lemon juice and then add the hydrated couscous and the vegetables. Mix and then fold in the cheese. Season with pepper and thyme. You will probably want to double this because it is so good. 🙂

Have you found any new favorites recently?


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Saucepan Brownies

picture of Plated Congos

Have you ever heard of saucepan brownies? I had never heard the term before I read it in a little booklet many years ago, although I had made brownies using this method before I knew of the term. They are sometimes also called one bowl brownies. The idea is that you melt the butter or margarine in a saucepan (or in the microwave) and then combine with the other ingredients. I have found that brownies or bars prepared by this method are usually very moist, dense, and chewy rather than cake-like.

These Congo Bars are an example of saucepan brownies. I was given this recipe by a student many years ago and we have enjoyed Congo Bars ever since. They are very rich and delicious, so cut them small and plan on sharing a plate of them with friends.

Congo Bars

2 1/4 cups brown sugar
2/3 cup butter or margarine (approximately 10 Tbsps.)
3 eggs
2 3/4 cups flour
1 Tbsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 cup chocolate chips

Melt butter or margarine. Add brown sugar and slightly beaten eggs. In a mixing bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to first mixture and stir to blend and then stir in the chocolate chips. Spread in a 9" x 13" pan that has been greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 mins. or until the bars test clean. Cool and cut into bars.

Here are the ingredients:

picture of Brownie Ingredients

Here's everything mixed together:

picture of Mixing Brownies

Here they are ready to pop into the oven:

picture of Brownie Dough

Since I was planning to give most of these bars away I lined the pan with non-stick foil instead of greasing and flouring it so I could remove the bars from the pan to make them easier to cut.

picture of Congo Bars

Give these a try if you need a quick, delicious bar recipe.


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