Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Awesome Fudge Brownies

My friend Laurie gave me a fudge brownie recipe for my bridal shower, many years ago, written with beautiful handwriting and decorated on a sheet of heavy white paper.  I have saved it all these years and, I am ashamed to say, made more brownies with mixes than from this recipe over time.  I changed it just a bit, with the microwave melting and the addition of sea salt (which makes a nice difference).  But I realized, as I whipped up a batch yesterday and then another today (because the first batch disappeared so quickly!), that it takes only a few more minutes--no more than 5, and possibly not even that--to mix these up from scratch as to use a boxed mix.   And these are a thousand times more delicious than any made from a mix.  Furthermore, it is better for the planet to make something from scratch than to make it from a mix.  It takes far fewer natural resources to make something from scratch than from a mix, and it has to be better for you to avoid the various ingredients (do we even know what they are?) that get put into those mixes.  And think of how much cleaner our environment would be if we had fewer factories processing and packaging those mixes!  Eliminating the factory also reduces the resources involved in transporting ingredients to and from the factory, so the end result is fewer resources, overall, used for the transport of our food.  This is the kind of thinking we should all partake in to help our planet survive.

1 stick (8 TBS) unsalted butter
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate
1/4  tsp. sea salt
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, or convection oven to 325 degrees.  Melt butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe (I prefer Pyrex) bowl.  Stir together until smooth.  Add sea salt, vanilla, eggs and flour and stir until smooth.  Pour batter into greased 9 inch square pan and bake for 20 minutes.  Check for doneness before removing from oven:  toothpick inserted into center should come up clean.  If not quite done, bake for a few more minutes.  Cool on wire rack before cutting.

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