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Jan’s Stalwart Brownies for Charlie the Barbarian

Adapted from Obsidian Stout Brownies

Backstory:  Charles Worstell, who recently passed away, loved to hold court in his local cafe.  When I knew him in the 1970’s it was at the Cafe Midi.  More recently it was at the Revue in the Tower District in Fresno.  He would frequently bring brownies, since he loved to drink beer and eat brownies. This recipe was adapted to honor him.

Jan's Stalwart Brownies for Charlie the Barbarian

Jan’s Stalwart Brownies
for Charlie the Barbarian

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Jan’s Celebratory Mocha Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Adapted from a recipe by Robyn Stone

Eilene had a few friends over to celebrate graduating from high school. Jan decided to make cupcakes to celebrate.  Jan thinks the coffee enhances the flavor of the chocolate, so she will frequently add some to her chocolate cakes. It was a very hot day so the buttercream frosting suffered a bit.

Jan’s Celebratory Mocha Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

Jan’s Celebratory Mocha Cupcakes
with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting

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The Inverted Peanut Butter Cup of the Lueck Ladies

[Back hand, stage whisper] “The secret is the chocolate is on the inside!”

The [trademarked chocolate and peanut butter confection] Challenge. This entire meal resulted from Myr having made peanut butter cookies from an Alton Brown recipe. Myr followed the recipe fairly closely, except that she did not have chunky peanut butter. She made do with smooth PB and added fresh chopped peanuts. Even after she had made dozens of large cookies, she still had a quarter of the cookie dough left over. When she told her mother about this, Jan said, “That would make a good pie crust and we could fill it with Claudia’s Chocolate Mousse. I also just bought a bottle of “Voodoo,” a chocolate and peanut stout. Karl, make a dinner with chocolate and peanuts!”

The Inverted Peanut Butter Cup of the Lueck Ladies

The Inverted Peanut Butter Cup of the Lueck Ladies

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Jan’s Sweet Ethiopia Honey Caramel Sauce Sundaes

Adapted from a recipe by the National Honey Board

Jan was disappointed to find that the Ethiopian idea of dessert was sour cheese or just coffee. (Actually, after all of that good food who has room for “just one little thin mint?”) She decided to make an Ethiopian inspired desert by adding honey and spices to caramel and using it to make a gelato sundae.

Jan’s Sweet Ethiopia Honey Caramel Sauce Sundaes

Jan’s Sweet Ethiopia Honey Caramel Sauce Sundaes

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