This blog... a compilation of my favorite recipes. They have been collected over several years found in various places: the internet, magazines, and cookbooks to name a few. These recipes are meals that I consider to "feed more than your body". These are meals that I hope nurish the heart and soul of those who eat them. I hope that when you have cleaned your plate, you feel like you have taken part in more than just a meal-that you have taken part in something bigger than yourself and food. Whether it is culture, your local place of living, or the life of the plant or those who share this planet, I hope these meals help your family-and mine-to appreciate that we are more than just beings consuming food; we are all connected. And more than that, I hope that these meals help you remember how fortunate you are and that "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.".

Monday, August 10, 2009

Black Forrest Brownies

Oven at 350

4 one-oz squares semi-sweet chocolate (or ¾ cups chocolate chips)
¾ c butter
1/ ½ c white sugar
3 eggs
1 t vanilla extract
1 c flour
½ c pecans (or other nuts of your choice)
½ c chopped cherries (either dried or drained maraschino)
½ c semi-sweet chocolate chips (Optional)

Line a 9x13 pain with parchment paper.

Microwave chocolate and butter for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave in 20 second increments until melted. Stir sugar into chocolate mixture. Add eggs (make sure it’s not too hot that it will cook the eggs). Mix in extract. Mix in flour until it is just moistened. Add in cherries and nuts. Bake 350 for 30 minutes.

**Note-these are the most delicious brownies I have ever made! They are as good as boxed mix! The cherries as just a touch of cherry flavor but the real treat is how moist and dense they are.

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