Posted by: mick | April 5, 2009

The chocolate chips…they call to me.

This weekend was a good one, folks.  Nothing particularly exciting happened; mainly, I started working on a paper, got some reading done, and did laundry, but these activities were punctuated by a fun night with good friends and a lovely meal.

Today is gloomy, and tomorrow will be worse.  While we’ve got rain today, tomorrow and Tuesday we’re supposed to get a storm that brings about 5 inches of snow.  Now I know that’s not a lot of snow at all, and normally I wouldn’t bat an eyelash, but it’s APRIL.  All of my family on the east coast has been doing yard work, barbecuing, and visiting the cherry blossoms in DC.  I, on the other hand, am making sure we’ve got salt for the driveway.

infinitely adaptable blondiesWhat is a girl to do?  Apparently, scour the internet for recipes and bake something soothing.  I scoured my two favorite recipe sources and discovered I had all of the ingredients for the Infinitely Adaptable Blondies from Smitten Kitchen.  They were incredibly easy to make, and nice and quick.  I headed into the kitchen with the recipe, and 30 minutes later we had these beauties.  Please excuse the washed out color of the photo; take my word for it that these were golden and gooey.  I’ve got to work on my photography.

I opted to add in a full cup of chocolate chips, about a half cup of toasted almonds left over from last night’s dinner (Lentil Almond Stir Fry from 101 Cookbooks, with a quick curry sauce in lieu of the mint Serrano she gives), and some Irish whiskey.  The whiskey lends a little bit of sweetness to the batter, and the almonds give it a nice hint of smokiness.  We’ve had some with milk after dinner, and suddenly tomorrow’s impending snow doesn’t seem so bad.



  1. yum — dinner AND dessert sound wonderful. sounds like i had better do some preparing on my end — we have a similar forecast for this week! (and yay for reading and writing — i haven’t been able to find my reading mojo this week — hoping it turns up tomorrow, as i could sure use it…)

  2. Both of those items sound amazing!

  3. Mmmmm, I must check out this Smitten Kitchen. Both you and Barefootrooster have mentioned it on occasion. Don’t despair about the weather–at least you’re still getting to wear your winter knits! 😉

  4. Snow??? What?!

    Those brownies look super good. I love baking – but its such a tug-of-war for my mind, because I know if I bake something, I know I’m going to end up eating half a pan of brownies all by myself!

  5. To echo Sarah G, the brownies look great and I love your new header! x

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