Category Archives: Food of the Month

Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

Continue reading

Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

Continue reading

Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

Continue reading

Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

Continue reading

Food of the Month, December 2012: Dale’s Most Delicious Chocolate Brownies

Brownies, anyone

When I saw that National Chocolate Brownie Day was December 8, I knew right away that brownies would be Kel’s Food of the Month.* It didn’t take me long to decide which recipe to use. My friend Dale makes the best brownies I’ve ever, ever had, hands down. Dale and I worked together at Duke’s main library for several years and those of us in the Tech Services Department (OK, the entire library) liked to celebrate just about anything – birthdays, work successes, end of the semester, holidays, etc. A few of things about the library world:

  1. There’s usually not much money, if any, to spend on staff parties, celebrations, etc., which seem to occur at least monthly if not more.
  2. The majority of librarians I know are good cooks.
  3. Most librarians are more than happy to bring something homemade and delicious to these celebrations.

PerkinsLibrary

Luckily for those of us who worked at Perkins Library, Dale’s signature dish was his homemade brownies. Words really can’t do these heavenly things justice – they are truly a chocolate lover’s delight. They were always the first thing to disappear whenever he brought them to a party. Dale and I moved on to different careers more than a decade ago, but I still dream about his brownies. Here’s his recipe – the only change I’ve made is to add pecans.

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Food of the Month, November 2012: Cranberry Sauce, Homemade of Course

If the jelly cranberry sauce that comes in a can (the one you slice) gives you the heebie-jeebies (yaay, I finally used that word in a post!) like it does me, you definitely want to try my homemade version, which is savory, sweet and so easy to make. November 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day, but I wanted to share this recipe before Thanksgiving. Now you have no excuse to suffer through the canned stuff. Plus, fresh cranberries are on sale everywhere.

This recipe is based loosely on a cranberry chutney I recently helped make in a cooking class I took at Revolution in Durham (I’ll be posting about that fun and wonderful  adventure soon.) Executive Chef Jim Anile didn’t have recipes for anything we made that day, so I’m just taking some of his ingredients and adding some of my own. The result? Awesome!

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Food of the Month, November 2012: Cranberry Sauce, Homemade of Course

If the jelly cranberry sauce that comes in a can (the one you slice) gives you the heebie-jeebies (yaay, I finally used that word in a post!) like it does me, you definitely want to try my homemade version, which is savory, sweet and so easy to make. November 23 is Eat a Cranberry Day, but I wanted to share this recipe before Thanksgiving. Now you have no excuse to suffer through the canned stuff. Plus, fresh cranberries are on sale everywhere.

This recipe is based loosely on a cranberry chutney I recently helped make in a cooking class I took at Revolution in Durham (I’ll be posting about that fun and wonderful  adventure soon.) Executive Chef Jim Anile didn’t have recipes for anything we made that day, so I’m just taking some of his ingredients and adding some of my own. The result? Awesome!

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