Friday, July 15, 2005
KATHERINE HEPBURN'S BROWNIES
There are two book clubs here at the Summit, one is conducted by the ladies who live here and it is a rather informal club. Once a month we choose a book and review it the following month. When we get together we talk very little about the book, then we are off on whatever strikes our fancy. It is a nice way to keep in touch with who has moved in, moved out, in the hospital, out of the hospital, good places to eat, what movie to see and oh yes, what they thought about the book.
The other book club is run by NORC (Naturally occurring Retirement Community} This group is lead by a librarian from the local library, and what a joy she is! I have attended a number of book clubs in the past but I find this one is most unique. You never know what tract she will take to make the book come alive. For example last month we read "The Devil In White City" by Erik Larson. White City refers to the Chicago World's Fair which took place in 1893. That year Crackerjacks were introduces at the fair and what do you know, she brought them in for us to enjoy.
This month we read "Kate Remembered" a biography by A. Scott Berg. Did you know that Kate had a favorite Brownie recipe? So what did she do, she brought in Brownies that she baked herself, and truth by told, they were not from scratch, she used a Duncan Hines mix. Not only that, she served them with Paul Newman"s lemonade!
After that we did talk about her life and then wound up the afternoon playing movie trivia.
Next month we will discuss "The Plot Against America" by Philip Roth. I can not imagine what she will bring in for that book!
Here is recipe for Kate's Brownies
2 oz. unsweetened Chocolate
1/4 lb. unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
1/2 ts. vanilla extract
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 ts. salt
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 325 F. Butter an 8-inch square pan. In a heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate with the butter over low heat. Add the eggs and vanilla and "beat it all like mad". Stir in the flour, salt and walnuts and mix well.
Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40 minutes. Let it cool: cut into squares.
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