The magazine to which I have subscribed the longest -- 25 years -- won't surprise you. It's Bon Appetit. My mother "took" it when I was a kid -- although I'm not sure she ever really read it. That was mostly because once the postie dropped it in the mailbox, I snatched it out and took it to my room where i poured over every detail, clipping recipes my 12-year-old self thought looked interesting. An obsession was born.
Cut to the current February 2011 issue. While flipping through it casually -- there's a feature on braising, y'all! -- I noticed an ad from Sugar in the Raw that featured perhaps the best recipe I've ever seen. I think I want to marry whoever came up with this. Genius. (As always, your milage may vary.)
Can't find the ad on the web anywhere yet -- but here's a transcription. See what you think...
Cocoa Brownies to Heal a Heart Broken by a Man Who Promises it Wasn’t You, It was Him, and by Him He Means a Girl Named Stacey Lee.
Count the years you dated. If it exceeds 5, double the recipe.
Oven, 350. 8″ pan, greased.
In a bowl: 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted. Not margarine, butter. Diet starts tomorrow. 1 cup all natural Sugar in The Raw. You can sub 1/2 cup zero calorie Stevia Extract In The Raw with 1/2 cup Sugar In The Raw but a time like this calls for the good ol’ stuff.
Mix, then add 1/2 cup flour. It’s ok, today calls for carbs. 1 tsp of baking powder. Wonder what it does? Don’t. Just add it.
3 eggs, yolks and all, 1 tsp of vanilla extract, 1/2 cup Dutch cocoa powder, 1 cup chopped walnuts.
Now stir it up, throw it in the oven for 20 and cry till you hear the timer. Let them cool for 10, then devour that pan of chocolaty goodness, girlfriend. Uh, we mean friend.
I'm right, aren't I? Genius.