Showing posts from January 20, 2013

Slow-Cooker Brownies

I did my second book signing, for my temple this time.  As part of the gig, I prepared several items from the cookbook for people to sample.   The items change depending upon the location and logistics (for example I had to cook everything at the temple several days before the event), but for each event I whipped up a batch o'brownies.

Wait ... what ... did you say brownies?

Yes, you heard correctly ... brownies.

Brownies in a slow cooker? 

Yes, Dear Reader, brownies in a slow cooker.   I can also hear you thinking three questions:

1. are they any good?
2. why in a slow cooker?
3. save me leftovers!

To answer your questions:

1. They are very good.
2.  In case your oven is occupied by something else, or it's summer and you don't want to fire up the oven, or you forgot to pay the gas bill again.
3. What's a leftover?

This is a very forgiving recipe.  If you undercook the brownies a little, serve as fudgy brownies. If you undercook them a lot, serve with ice cream and call i…

Lox with Dilled Mayo Canapes - Easy

The Kosher Linkup Challenge this month is to make anything in mini-size.  My canape contribution happens to start and end as a miniature.  But if anyone says that makes 'em a cheat, simply think of them as mini version of lox and bagels, hold the bagels.

The base of the canapes is (are?) slices of English cucumber.  English cukes are not coated in wax; to extend their shelf life they are wrapped in plastic.  This no peeling makes them very appealing, not only saving you the precious 30 seconds per cuke but almost guaranteeing perfect pleasing circles to build upon with whatever.  Leftovers, if any, can simply get tossed in a salad.

Regular lox is very salty; cut the lox in very narrow widths to cut the salt.  If you use nova, be more generous in each serving.

You can make these canapes up to one half hour before serving, but that's just to prevent the mayo from spreading over the cuke rounds (like you might have noticed in the photo above ... that's what I get for spending…