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The Spectrum 8 and the Joy of Brownies

My favorite movie Cinema is not in New York City, though there are quite a few great ones. I like the Spectrum 8 in Albany, not far from my home town.  Whenever I’m home and especially on Christmas Day my brother and I make a point to go see a flick.  Its nice to avoid the mall cinemas, especially at holiday season, and this little indie joint has great atmosphere.  They screen your standard blockbusters, as well as more obscure films.  For instance we saw Sherlock Holmes on Christmas, which was really great.  I can’t wait for the sequel where I’m sure that great chemistry between Robert Downey Jr and Jude Lude will surely have steeped a bit more.

Speaking of chemistry lets get to a recipe.  The Spectrum 8 has a great snack bar.  They offer movie-goer-favorites like buttered popcorn and generous amounts of candy, but are great because they pop their popcorn in real corn oil and butter–not flavorcal (eek!) and also have a selection of fresh baked goods (YES!) and other indulgent yet wholesome goodies.  They have selection of wonderful brownies, so without further adieu.

Homemade Brownies from none other than The Joy of Cooking

4 oz unsweetened baker’s chocolate

1/2c (1 stick of butter)

Melt chocolate and butter in a double boiler until smooth.  Set aside and let cool, though chocolate should not harden.

4 eggs at room temperature

2 cups of sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 c flour

Beat eggs and salt, gradually add 2 cups of sugar, vanilla.  Combine chocolate with egg sugar mixture with a few swift strokes.  Do not mix till uniform!  Fold in 1 c flour and 1 cup chopped nuts.

Bake in a well greased cookie sheet or pyrex dish at 350 degrees.   Bake 25 minutes.

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4 comments January 29, 2010

Piping Roses

So now that the new year is here I’d like say my resolution is to do more video blogging.  So here is my first venture toward keeping that resolution!  Here are 3 different ways to pipe a rose out of buttercream icing.  Need a buttercream recipe?  Watch my other vlogs!

Also commenting on this post will enter you in the running to get a decorating bag holder!  By the way Chay Runnels of east Texas, was the esteemed winner of the Red Velvet cake in a jar which should be reaching her in Texas soon!

3 comments January 14, 2010

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