the food bitch

people call me a food bitch. not because of any gourmet tendencies (i go on a weekly fridge-sniff to see what needs to be thrown away), but due to my healthy lifestyle know-how and big mouth. i have a big mouth when it comes to food.

part healthy living, part recipe showcase, part food review - i do a little bit of everything.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Via Chicago



Ho ho ho, pardon the dirty countertop.

This weekend feels like it's been about five weekends long. I still don't want to go back to work tomorrow, but I've gotten a lot done.

It started Friday night, making up a care package for my friend Matt in Chicago. Sure, he'll most likely (fingers crossed) be home for Christmas, but he's poor and everyone likes baked goods.

I had decided on Peppermint Bark Cookies and Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies. Nothing fancy.

I, however, managed to mess up the cookies big time, and none of them were sent to Matt. I didn't soften the butter enough, and ended up overbeating the batter. Hard, hard cookies. Tasty!, but hard.

After the cookie disaster, I was a little worried about the brownies. Mixing two cups of mini marshmallows into a sticky, gooey, buttery batter just really.. scared me. They came out of the oven, and looked (and smelled, due to the butterscotch chips) amazing. I attempted to cut them while still slightly warm, and ended up with a very soft and crumbly brownie. So, into the fridge they went for the night. And in the morning I had nice, gooey chewy brownies. It's kind of a neat recipie, the marshmallows melt into the batter in the oven and goo everything together. I added Nestle Holiday Morsels instead of just plain chocolate chips. The santa faces were too cute to resist.

Disappearing Marshmallow Brownies
Serves: 18
WW Points: 6 (does it even matter at this point?)

Ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
1 cup butterscotch chips
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (or holiday morsels!)

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13" inch pan.

2) Using a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butterscotch chips and butter together in the microwave, stirring occasionally until smooth. Set aside to cool.

3) In a large bowl, stir together the brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Mix in the melted butterscotch chips, then the flour, baking powder, and salt until smooth. Stir in the marshmallows and chocolate chips last. Spread the batter evenly into the prepared baking pan.

4) Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in preheated oven. Cool, and cut into squares.

That tin is going to work with me tomorrow. I'm putting a sign on it that reads, "Please eat, so I don't have to" because I would seriously be able to eat that entire tin of about 20 brownies in maybe two days. They're really freaky good.

Anyway, I got that done. Did I mention that I made these at my parents house? Well I did. My mother needed some sane company, and I was as good as it was going to get. So I baked, then she had a couple of glasses of wine and we played Scrabble. Next time we play, I've promised to get drunk with her. That woman cracks me up.

At about 1am, I remembered that I hadn't shut my morning alarm off at my apartment, and it was going to go off at 6:05am. I live about an hour from my parents, so I cursed and grumbled and set the alarm on my cell phone so I could wake up and go shut it off. I got here at 6:06am. Not bad!
You would think, however, that I would just curl up in my own bed and go to sleep and call it a day. But no! I had Christmas shopping to do. I had Christmas shopping to do... back near my parents house. So I get back in the car, go back to their house, have some breakfast, and I'm off to the bank, post office, Target, mall (ugh!), and then back to my parents. I had promised to go out with my mother, as she needed to get out of the house. So, I had some lunch and a few gulps of coffee, and off we went!
We hit a couple of stores (one of them being Putnam Market, my favorite specialty foods store. My mother's buying one of the chocolate babkas for Christmas. Oh my. But it was enough shopping, so we hit the casino. I was up $17 on a nickel machine, so not a bad day after all.
And finally, I was able to take a nap.
I did some more shopping today (officially finished! and almost officially finished wrapping!), got my car inspected (almost a month late, not bad), and cleaned today. So many accomplishments. I'm fucking beat.

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