sea salt brownies

I did say that I would chill out on the chocolate themed desserts that started to take over this blog but we had a birthday up in here and the birthday boy loves him some brownies. But I didn’t want to make the same ‘ol and lucky for all you chumps, I remembered a pin I pinned back in the olden days. No seriously, this was one of my first pins.

These were unreal. We both have a real thing for salt so I obviously added WAY more than the recipe called for and I’m glad I did because these aren’t too sweet but they are freaking rich and the salt cut it nicely.

Look at how delicious those look? Don’t you just want to lick your monitor? Don’t. Don’t do that. Stop it! People are staring at you!

SEA SALT BROWNIES (adapted from here)

1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa

2 cups sugar

3 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoon Maldon sea salt

Step 1: Get excited.

Step 2: Preheat the oven to 350°. Line a 9-inch square metal cake pan with foil, draping the foil over the edges. Lightly butter the foil.

Step 3: In a large saucepan, melt the butter with the unsweetened chocolate over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Whisking them in one at a time until thoroughly incorporated, add the cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla and flour. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface. Sprinkle the salt evenly over the batter. Using a butter knife, swirl the salt into the batter.

Step 4: Bake the brownies in the center of the oven for about 35 minutes, until the edge is set but the center is still a bit soft and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out coated with a little of the batter. Let the brownies cool at room temperature in the pan for 1 hour, then refrigerate just until they are firm, about 1 hour. Lift the brownies from the pan and peel off the foil. Cut the brownies into 16 squares. Serve at room temperature.

Step 5: Step 4 seems ridiculous but just do it, okay?

And because you obviously can’t get enough of me, I’m over at Lisa’s blog participating in her amazing At the Moment series!

 

give thanks

In true Christin fashion, I couldn’t let Thanksgiving just breeze by without a hint of sarcasm. Let’s face it, there are a lot of things that are good to have but downright annoying and even inconvenient. For those things, let us give thanks.

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  1. I am thankful for the MTA because without them I might actually get to work at the same time everyday. Thank you for adhering to an actual service schedule. #assholes
  2. I am thankful for nail polish that chips within a week so that I never have to fully commit to a nail color.
  3. I am thankful for a dishwasher because without one, I might never have to unload it.
  4. I am thankful for the super powered radiator in the building that heats our apartment to the temperature of a tropical rainforest. #itstoohot
  5. I am thankful for the TSA employee that will pat me down tomorrow because I refuse to go through a body scanner that has not been fully tested.
  6. I am thankful that everyone I know is getting knocked up and/or married so that my newsfeed on facebook may never be interesting.
  7. I am thankful for instagram because, let’s face it, no one’s life is as cool as it is on instagram.
  8. I am thankful for text messaging because who can be bothered to talk on the phone?
  9. I am thankful for laundry in the basement because you always get a good arm workout in carrying three weeks worth of laundry around.
  10. I am thankful for organic candy because eating copious amounts sugar has never seemed more healthy.

 

Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash

Someone, anyone, sign me up for a chili cook off on the asap! I have the winner. No shit. This chili is two things: easy and magical.

That’s right, I called it magical. It was. I heard the angels singing.

A few things about this chili; I made it in the crockpot and I hid a whole squash in it. Bad ass. Oh, and I made up the recipe because I couldn’t find what I wanted on the interwebs. It may have been one of the only times they let me down.

I’m not kidding when I say this is good. I ate it everyday for lunch last week and I never do silly things like that.

Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash

2lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 butternut squash
2 poblano peppers
1 28oz can fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis
1 ½  tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon salt
few grinds of black pepper

Step 1: Preheat oven to 375º. Place peppers on a cookie sheet and throw into the oven for about 30 minutes. Be sure to turn them every 10 or so. You want them evenly charred. Meanwhile, peel and dice butternut squash. This will be a bitch, but it’s far cheaper to buy the damn thing whole, so suck it up. Okay?

Step 2: Put roasted peppers into a paper bag while hot and let cool. The steam will help you peel the skin off. Once cooled, remove skin and stem. Chop into small pieces and throw into crock pot with squash, tomatoes and spices. Give it all a good stir and put chicken breasts on top.

Step 3: Simmer on low for 5-7 hours. Remove chicken and shred. Once shredded add back to the pot. This goes great with tortilla chips or corn bread. Or nothing if you’re paleo.

comparison is the thief of joy

It’s been some time since I’ve done a post about what bloggers are doing that’s annoying the pants off of me and since I’ve noticed an uptick in one huge thing, I figured there is no time like the present.

There is a lot of comparison going on right now and I think it’s taking a turn into sad town because it’s leading to a lot of copying. This is not cool for a few reasons. One, your screwing someone else and two, you’re screwing yourself.

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Sure your blog may be growing a lot now that it’s a lot like so-and-so’s but guess what? They’re taken. That may be a tough pill to swallow, so get a bigger glass of water.

It is real easy to get caught up in the “keeping up  with the Jones'” that goes on in the blogosphere but it does you a huge disservice. Mostly because as fast as your star got bright, it will fade. The person with the cool collages this week may not be cool next week and then what are you going to do? Hitch your wagon to a new star? Why don’t you just be you?

I guess that’s scary. But as someone who hasn’t seen overnight blog success (or even at all – since we’re being honest) this makes me want to kick your ass because it’s beyond lame. Be yourself, guys! What kind of life will you have if all you do is compare yourself to someone else? How will you be happy if you’re consistently comparing your beginning to someone’s middle?

You won’t. That’s pretty much the short version of the story. You’ll set yourself up for failure and disappointment. The truth is, not everyone is going to get famous blogging or get a bunch of free shit; that just isn’t how it works. So just make your blog about you and what you love. If people like it, awesome. If people don’t, screw them.