dessert · party · vegetables

Dinner + Blondies + Company

I woke up today and there was snow on the ground!! This was exciting until I had to walk the five blocks to work from the bus. It’s not even fair how cold it is. I just heard the wind chill will be 0-5 degrees tomorrow night…is this real life? IMG_0067IMG_0068
After RUNNING home in the freezingness (holding my groceries and purse, while being choked by my scarf), I got cracking on dinner. Tonight Jack and Molly came over in return for them having us over on Halloween. As usual I started prepping way in advance, and I even had time to bake a batch of blondies from a recipe I found this morning. For dinner I made Shrimp Scampi (I know I made it last week, but it was good and easy), sautéed green beans with goat cheese and French bread.IMG_0071Green beans with goat cheese turned out to be a great combination. First things first: chop off the stems. Sauté in butter and fresh lemon juice for 10-12 minutes, add garlic in the last minute or so, so it wont burn. When finished, top with a little goat cheese. IMG_0070The Shrimp Scampi is the same recipe from last week. I thought it turned out pretty well, and it’s cooks so quickly!
The real star of the show for me were the blondies. These were sooo good. All you need is:
3/4 butter, softened
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
2 cups flour
1 cup chocolate chips (I also threw in some white chocolate chips, could also put in nuts)IMG_0074Preheat oven to 350. In a stand mixer or large bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Beat in eggs and vanilla, blending well and scraping sides as needed. Mix in remaining dry ingredients. When it’s all combined, add in your chocolate chips. Transfer to a greased 13×9″ baking pan. Cook for 30 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting.

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