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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Sharing My Recipes, My Life, And The Food Tale Of Two Cities

Double Fudge Peanut Butter Brownies

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It can get a little stressful in my house when, Steve’s team, the Miami Dolphins are playing. If they’re scheduled to play the New England Patriots, well, that’s a whole different kind of worry. As a loyal fan, he takes game day very seriously. Don’t get me wrong, I love football too. I thought, how can I make this night extra special.

I thought, how about one of his favorites, brownies! Because I’ve been busy myself, I decided to take a little help from the store and make these semi-homemade.  I rushed up to the grocery store and picked up a really good box mix, and then added a few extra surprises to go into the brownies.

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The brownie mix was double fudge and included a fudge pouch inside, but I’d add more goodies. Peanut butter, more chocolate chips, and some new Nestle pumpkin white chocolate chips. This should do it. All I did was to follow the instructions on the box. To the dry mix, I added in a 1/4 cup mixture of the semi-sweet chocolate and pumpkin morsels. I stirred in the morsels so they would be coated with the dry mix.

Next, I also added 1/4 cup of cold brewed coffee to the wet ingredients before combining them with the dry. Coffee really enhances the flavor of the chocolate.

Next, I slowly added the dry to the wet ingredients until they were just combined.  I poured the batter into a buttered greased 8 X 8 pan. Next, I took 1 cup of smooth peanut butter and placed spoonfuls randomly, all over the top. I took a large skewer and swirled the peanut butter through the batter. This way every bite would have some of that creamy peanut butter. Finally, I sprinkled the top with a few more of the different flavored chocolate chips. I baked this according to the package and that was it.

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This worked out great!  It didn’t take that much longer to add these extra ingredients. The fact that I started out with a really good box mix and just added a few extra special ingredients gave Steve the impression that they were made from scratch. I made store bought brownies seem as though they were homemade and without spending a lot of time that I didn’t have.

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Vanilla Bean Rice Pudding

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Vanilla Bean Rice pudding served in a glass with a cinnamon stick and topped with chocolate chips gives an added touch of elegance.

I started by cooking the 3/4’s cup of Arborio rice in 1 1/2 cup of boiling water with a pinch of salt and 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter. I brought the rice back to a boil, stirring only once, then reduced it to the lowest heat and simmered the rice covered until all the water was evaporated by the rice. This took maybe around 20-30 minutes or until the rice was Al dente. In a large pot, I took 4 cups of half and half, 1 seeded vanilla bean and it’s pod, 1/2 a cup of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and heated this up on low heat until the mixture was infused with the flavors of the vanilla and cinnamon. Then I added the cooked Arborio rice to this mixture and cooked this together until the rice absorbed the milk mixture and started to become nice and thick. At this point, I added 1 more cup of half and half gradually, off the heat and stirred it into the rice mixture until the rice pudding was exactly the consistency I wanted. You can either serve the rice pudding warm or put it in the frig and serve it cold whatever you like. I also like to serve it in a fancy glass with a cinnamon stick and maybe a few chocolate chips on top.

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Cannoli Pie

 

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This recipe is easy and delicious. It’s all the goodness of a Cannoli but in a pie.

 

Cannoli Pie

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