May 29

It’s Friday, Internet, and I am nosy.

Today it is all about hair.

I have been having weird hair dreams.

Like….the last time I when to get my hair cut, the stylist shaved me bald.

Scary!

I’d like to know what is the worst experience you’ve had at a hair salon.

What was the best?

I just gotta know!

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May 28

Are y’all on chocolate overload yet?

If you are, then you might as well, click away, because I’ve got more…oh so much more today.

If not, then Internet…ya better strap in.

This week for Barefoot Bloggers is Ina’s Outrageous Brownies.

Side bar~~Dorie and Ina both say when melting butter and/or chocolate to do it over a double boiler.   I have never done that.

Into the microwave it goes for 1 minute.

Stir.

30 seconds.

Stir.

If needed, another 30 seconds and stir the final bits till they are melted.

I just take care that it doesn’t get to hot.

It saves me time and effort.

It’s a win~win!

Now back our  regularly scheduled program.

These brownies are outrageous.

They have a whole pound of butter.

2 ¼ c. sugar.

Espresso.

And almost 3 pounds of chocolate.

And I was in heaven.

I made these brownies for a get together 3 weeks ago, and I need to make them again.

This makes a stinkin’ lot of brownies.

It is baked in a half sheet pan, and I wanted to so something fun with them because I was going to a party.

So I made a glaze

  • 2 c. confectioners sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa
  • 4 tbsp. milk
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • blurb of vanilla

Bring that all to a boil.

Then on a third of it, I sprinkled some cappuccino chips.

On the middle third I sprinkled toffee chips.

On the last third I sprinkled some of those mini candied chocolate bits to make it fun.

What wasn’t fun, was loosing the pictures of the wee candied chocolates and pictures of the entire pan of brownies.

Just imagine them —-> here!

I also have a wee secret.

I liked these much better than the ones I posted Tuesday, but please don’t tell Dorie.

It might hurt her feelings.

You want to make these?

Good.   I highly recommend them.

Outrageous Brownies

Ingredients

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  • 1 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 6 extra-large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons instant coffee powder
  • 2 tablespoons real vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided (1 cup for batter and 1/4 cup in the chips and nuts)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 cups diced walnut pieces( I didn’t use nuts, I replaced them instead with a mixture of semi-sweet, milk, and vanilla chips~~you know…just to take it over the top)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 13 by 18 by 1 1/2-inch sheet pan.

Melt together the butter, 1 pound chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate on top of a double boiler. Cool slightly. Stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar. Stir in the warm chocolate mixture and cool to room temperature.

Stir together 1 cup of the flour, baking powder and salt. Add to cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips with 1/4 cup flour to coat. Then add to the chocolate batter. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tester just comes out clean. Halfway through the baking, rap the pan against the oven shelf to allow air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Do not over-bake! Cool thoroughly, refrigerate well and cut into squares.

PS.   Today is my Aunt Cindy, and cousin Amber’s birthday.   Happy Birthday you two.   I love you both so much.

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May 27

I wanted to tell you a little bit about the chocolate I used in yesterday’s TWD.

It is called Askinoise.

I found out about Askinoise chocolate last year when Peabody said that she got some cocoa power from them and would never use anything else.

Well, I had to investigate.

What I found was a man who prayed about making chocolate.

Yes.

Prayed.

About chocolate.

Seriously?

The man prays over his chocolate?!?!

And Internet, any man who prays over his chocolate before he makes it, must make one deliciously blessed chocolate.

I was so there!

I had to try some.

Then I saw the price and fainted.

So Askinoise sat on the back burner for well over a year…moldering in the back of my mind.

Then May, 2009 happened…and Chocolatechic didn’t get anything for Mother’s Day.

And I began to feel a bit sorry for myself, so I decided that I was going to get myself  some chocolate and I wouldn’t share…so there!

And in my head,  I stomped my foot  like a 2 year old when I clicked “send” on my order.

Welcome to my kind of crazy!

PS.   I shared my chocolate.   I can’t be a brat for long.    Chefboy loved it, and I had to hide it so he wouldn’t eat it all.

(for the record~~these next 2 photos were taken when I was fiddlefarting around with my camera settings.   Dumb I know.   Why mess with a good thing?  but I did, and they are noisy.  Apologies to your eyes)


Now I know y’all know where I stand on white chocolate(which really isn’t chocolate, it is chocolate leftovers flavored with vanilla…please shoot me now!) so why in the world did I purchase some?

Because this isn’t “leftovers”, Internet.

This is actual cocoa butter with chocolate still in it.

It actually tastes like cocoa butter and chocolate.

It is what “white” chocolate should taste like.

I also got me some of this.

I’ll let you read the description.

All I can say is….better. than. Valhrona.

The end.

Chocolatechic’s birthday is in October.    That will give you lots of time to save up your pennies and get me a present.

You know what I’m asking for!

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May 26

Oh…Dorie, Dorie, Dorie!

You have these fabulous ideas.

You take 2 brilliant desserts and combine them into one.

Brownies and Chocolate chip cookes.

You make me think to put white and dark chocolate in the brownie batter instead of walnuts, because I don’t like nuts in my brownies.

Then you say to mix up fabulous chocolate chip cookie dough.

Dough that is so fabulous I eat 2 bite fulls of raw batter, and don’t want to stop.

Then you say to plop the rest of this delicious dough on top of the brownie dough and spread it out.

You say to bake it for 50-55 minutes or until the top is golden and a knife comes out slightly streaked with chocolate.

So I do that.

The knife is slightly streaked.

The guests are eagerly awaiting Chipster Topped brownies (that Beth of Supplicious picked for today’s TWD).

I cut the gorgeous brownies only to see that they aren’t done.

So, we stick them back in for 15 minutes as the guests sit around chatting, politely waiting for their dessert.

Still not done.

Back in the oven for another 5 minutes.

Guests starting to demand dessert.

Not done.

Back for 10 more minutes.

Guests and myself finally decide that whether or not it is done, an hour and a half of baking have fully cooked the eggs and we will eat it whether or not it is done.

Not done, but we eat the goo anyway.

Because you can not go wrong with this much chocolate.

You just can not.

Go check out Beth’s blog.   She has the recipe and the way to get around all this under baked problem.

Beth is brilliant!

Chocolatechic…not so much.

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May 25

Today isn’t just a day for hot dogs and potato salad.

Today is the day to remember all  who have fallen to protect this country and the people in it.

You are not forgotten.

Thank you to all who have served and are serving the United States of America.

God’s blessings and protection to  each and every one of you.

Thank you for protecting us and our freedom.

May the Lord send His peace to the families of those who have lost a loved one in the military.

Never forget there is a reason you have a day off.

There are thousands today who are in uniform in various places who don’t.

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May 24

As long as Superman and I have been married, we have been leaving notes for each other on the bathroom mirror using dry erase markers.

The Chips also leave notes too.

Friday night, I went upstairs to get ready for bed I found this…

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