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Comfort Food August 8, 2009

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Whenever something bad happens, I want macaroni and cheese and cake.  I try very hard most of the time to eat well, but occasionally something happens and you just gotta indulge.

Amelia

Amelia

Amelia died yesterday.  Mr. Butterpants adopted her 10 years ago while we were dating. I grew up with 8 cats, but I’d never met one like this.  She was smart- like people smart.  Crafty, jealous, anxious, suspicious, territorial and she loved Mr. Buterpants terribly.

This year, she developed a malignant tumor.  We had it removed and found out it was the size of a tennis ball.  Not once did she indicate that she may have been in pain, but there’s no way she couldn’t have been.  When the lump came back a few weeks ago and she was not acting like herself, we knew that we could never put her through more surgery.  It would have been for us, not for her.  We made the decision to let her go so she could finally be in peace and without pain.

Mr Butterpants wrote this yesterday:

She was a terrible cat. She hated everyone. She fought with the other cats, hissed and growled and screamed and swatted at anyone who came to our house, punched my wife in the face while she was sleeping, and thought everything was out to get her, including her own tail. She also sat in my lap when I was watching TV, slept above my head on my pillow almost every night, and climbed up on my shoulder and nuzzled my neck and purred. No one else was allowed to pet her, but she loved me, most of the time…. She was my cat, and I loved her, and I hope she knew I was trying to take care of her. I’ll miss her so much.

For my part, even though Amelia and I were not very good friends, I will miss her very much.  She made me laugh, she made me angry, she was a member of my family.  I know that many people don’t understand how a person can feel this way about an animal, but I do.  I always have and I always will.

So today when we woke up and needed to get out of the house, we went to Rush Street for some comfort food.

Rush Street Mac and Cheese

Rush Street Mac and Cheese

Then I came home and baked brownies out of a box. They completely fell apart so I just piled them on a plate and handed Mr. Butterpants a fork.

Brownie Pile

Brownie Pile

Tomorrow I will go back to my proper diet with the right balances of protein and whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Today, I’m just remembering my weird, angry, hilarious cat. Whom I will miss. Forever.

Be excellent to each other,
Ms. Butterpants

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Brownies Are For Sharing July 3, 2009

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Fudgy, Gooey Deliciousness

Fudgy, Gooey Deliciousness

Living in NYC, I don’t get a lot of people who are “just in the neighborhood” and “stop by.” In a way, this is a good thing, because who knows if I or my apartment are presentable. But, in another way, I wish I did have the apartment, or home, where people enjoyed taking a load off and just wanted to hang out and say hello.

Which brings me to this past weekend….I needed a little cheering up so I decided to make the Chocolate Raspberry Bars I had seen Giada De Laurentiis make on one of her recent shows. I needed chocolate, I needed to feel creative, but I didn’t want a huge hassle. This recipe is perfect since it takes a box brownie mix and turns it into “wow.”

These brownies seemed to beckon people into my apartment because I was fortunate enough to share them with a few friends who really did just happen to “stop by.” One of these friends has lived in my building for over ten years. She just moved to a new neighborhood this weekend and we both made a pact that we would make more of an effort to see each other now that we don’t actually live in the same building! Isn’t that always the way, though?

So, here’s the recipe (with my comments in italics). And, if you are ever in the neighborhood, stop by…you never know what I might be cooking up!

Chocolate Raspberry Bars

Ingredients

2/3 cup raspberry jam
1 (21-ounce) box brownie mix (recommended: Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge) [I don’t know where they got 21 oz…I think the closest I could find was 19 oz, but it’s for a 9×13 pan]
3 eggs [use 3 eggs for cake-like brownies and 2 eggs for fudgier brownies]
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
3/4 cup white chocolate chips, melted [I had to add a little water to the chips to get them to melt okay…just a warning!]
1/2 cup chopped salted almonds

Directions

  1. Position a baking rack in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Butter and flour a 9 by 13-inch baking pan.
  2. In a small saucepan, stir the jam constantly over low heat until pourable, about 1 minute. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, blend together the brownie mix, eggs, vegetable oil, and water. Using an electric hand mixer beat for 1 minute on medium speed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Spoon the jam over the top of the brownie batter. Using a small spatula, swirl jam into the brownie batter. [Make sure you swirl to the edges of the pan, otherwise, yours will end up like mine…a whole lot of raspberry in the center!]
  5. Bake for 27 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted about 1-inch from the edge of the pan comes out clean.
  6. Spread with the melted chocolate and sprinkle with salted almonds. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool.
  7. Cut into 16 bars and store airtight in a plastic container for up to 1 week.

♦ Buttery B