Tuesday, July 05, 2005


After spending some time roaming Costco this morning waiting for an appointment with the physical therapy clinic for my shoulder I arrived back home and decided to go for a quick dip in the pool. Ahh - so refreshing! How do people live in this heat without a pool?!

Now that we're back inside in the nice air-conditioning it was time for some baking! I usually try to make something for Jeff to bring to work on Wednesdays. Today it was Peanut Butter-Nutella brownies simply made in a big 'ol glass bowl and my trusty wooden spoon. We tend to like our brownies pretty fudgy so these came out just right - a tad underbaked so the edges are not too dry.

Keeping with the new recipe theme for the week tonight's dinner was Cavatappi in a Gruyere and sharp white cheddar cheese sauce. I topped the mixture with whole wheat panko breadcrumbs. Homemade garlic breadsticks accompanied the meal.


  1. Nice blog! I love Nutella - where can I find the recipe?

  2. Thanks! Here is the brownie recipe

    Peanut Butter-Nutella Brownies

    1 cup butter
    2 cups sugar
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    4 large eggs at room temperature
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    3/4 cup good quality cocoa (I prefer penzeys)
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1/2 cup Nutella
    1/2 cup peanut butter

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

    Prepare a glass 9 by 13-inch baking dish with cooking spray.

    Melt the butter over very low heat; when melted remove from heat and gently pour into a large bowl. With a wooden spoon stir in the sugar and vanilla. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and whisk together. Combine the flour mixture slowly to the butter, sugar, and egg mixture – mix well.

    Mix the peanut butter and Nutella in a small microwave safe bowl, and heat until it reaches a runny consistency. Stir the mixture into the batter; then pour it into the baking dish.

    Bake for 30 minutes.

    Allow to cool completely before cutting.