In honor of the (only) great news (anywhere in the whole wide world) today – that chocolate makes your blood pressure lower and helps you live twice as long as you could without eating it – comes Katharine Hepburn's recipe for brownies. Ms. Hepburn attributed her health, positive outlook, good looks, and success in Hollywood to her daily chocolate habit. So, all things considered, go ahead and eat all your left over Valentine's chocolate tonight...
Katharine Hepburn's Brownies
1 stick of butter
4 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 Tbs flour
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped (I'm sorry if you don't like nuts, Ms. Hepburn did.)
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (this is a modification by David Lebovitz who eats so much chocolate he'll prolly live to be 979.)
In a medium saucepan melt the butter. Add chopped chocolate and stir over low heat until melted. Go ahead and break out the double boiler if you want. Remove from the heat and mix in the sugar, then the vanilla and eggs.
Stir in the flour and salt, then the nuts and chocolate chips. Scrape the brownie mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Cut brownies into squares and eat them out of the pan. If you say so, Ms. Hepburn.
• Those bitches at the U.S. Customs finally released Fairway's shipment of French cheese after sitting on it for weeks and weeks because they were testing the innocent Petit Billy, a fresh, soft chevre which is like the Philadelphia Cream Cheese of France. Which sounds kinda fishy to me because Petit Billy is pasteurized, always, even in La France. So, whatever. I bought some Bleu d'Auvergne, Brie de Meaux and Langres late this afternoon, and well, there isn't that much left now. okay, oink. The Bleu d'Auvergne is particularly good, if you're in the neighborhood.