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Apr 152014

Passover Brownies With Chocolate Wine Glaze

With bad weather again today, it’s not a  good day for baking or doing much of anything at all. Have some shopping to do before the crowds hit the stores to do their last minute Easter thing so maybe tomorrow, as we will have to ford the river and go through the woods to get to our car one more time! Have a guy all lined up to put in a concrete drive for us but we have to wait for the rains to stop and the mud to dry up, AGAIN! Hoping to make this post today as we keep having power glitches which might even effect dinner plans later if we lose electricity. Get the grill ready husband, I think we’re gonna need it!

This recipe is one I have never heard of before and it comes from my 1,000 Jewish Recipes by Faye Levy and it is one I hope to try in the near future as it does sound Yummy as it calls for sweet red wine added to the glaze, which leaves us the rest to enjoy, for medicinal purposes only of course, ha ha!

Wonderful book with recipes for all the Jewish holidays and more!

Wonderful book with recipes for all the Jewish holidays and more!

Passover Brownies With Chocolate Wine Glaze

  • Brownie
  • 6 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup unsalted margarine cut into pieces (I will use butter for this)
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ⅛ teas salt
  • 2 teas grated orange zest
  • ¾ cup matzo cake meal
  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • Glaze
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup sweet red wine
  • 2 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 6 tbsp unsalted margarine, chilled, cut into pieces (again butter)
  • 16-20 walnut halves or pieces
  1. Brownies:
  2. Line a 9 to 9-1/2 inch square baking pan with waxed paper or foil and cover with a little margarine.
  3. Melt chocolate and margarine in a medium bowl set over a larger bowl of hot water, stirring until melted and smooth.
  4. Remove from hot water and let cool for 5 minutes.
  5. Beat eggs lightly in another bowl with an electric mixer.
  6. Add sugar and salt and whip on high speed about 5 minutes or until batter is thick and light.
  7. Add chocolate mixture in 3 batches, beating on low speed until blended after each addition.
  8. Stir in orange zest followed by cake meal and chopped walnuts.
  9. Spoon batter into prepared pan spreading mixture to the corners and sides of the pan and bake in a 350 degree, preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted ½ inch from the center comes out nearly clean.
  10. Cool on a rack, turn out on a plate and remove liner.
  11. Glaze
  12. Whisk sugar with cocoa and wine in a small saucepan until blended.
  13. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly; reduce heat and simmer for 2 additional minutes, whisking occasionally.
  14. Add chocolate and stir until melted.
  15. Remove from heat and stir in margarine until blended.
  16. Spread glaze over brownies and top with walnut pieces.
  17. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes or until glaze has set.


Does this sound extremely rich and intoxicating or what! I’m game, how about you? Enjoy for Passover or any time you have a chocolate craving. Speaking of intoxicating, I just heard a beer calling my name and like I said earlier, what can you do on a day like today????

Apr 142014

Behold The Lamb

This week I’m going to do some different posts and hope you enjoy them!

Jazmine and Andy before the play.

Jazmine and Andy before the play.

With Easter week upon us, I wanted to share our experience from this weekend. Our great grandson in-law Andy, was in a 2014 Passion Play this weekend at the First Baptist Church of Dowling Park, The play was called, Behold the Lamb. It was at the church that they attend and he played the part of Jesus which we were very anxious to see. He did it a couple of years ago and he seemed just like a natural other than a little case of nerves which I’m sure would have been a lot worse if I was taking on such a large role as playing Jesus!  It seemed like a small church in a small community and we were quite taken back with what we saw. Andy really got into the his role and even fell a few times while the soldiers beat him to make it look real, hollered out when they placed the crown of thorns on his head and when they pretended to nail him to the cross. But the part where they actually raised the cross with him hanging on it was the most realistic part of the play for us. He was wearing a wig (which drove him crazy as the hair kept tickling his face) and when he hung there dying on the cross, it was just like the pictures I have seen of what Jesus would look like, body and head just sagging as the life was draining from His body!

Andy as Jesus 012

Hisdaughter Jazmine who played the part of Pilate’s assistant, his aunt Joyce and nephew Thomas were also in the play, and the makeup and costumes were very well done. They even used a real lamb in the scenes to start and end the play!
It was quite a lovely evening and so glad we got to see it and lend some support for the newest members of our family!

Tonight is the start of Passover for our Jewish friends and I would like to take this opportunity to wish them all a Happy Passover and will try to share a Passover recipe with them sometime this week…………..Enjoy!

Apr 112014

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Blueberry Biscuit Cookies Fresh From Florida

This month is fresh blueberry season here in Florida and although, up here in north Florida, our berries are just now starting to develop and they don’t usually become pickable for us until the end of May and possibly the beginning of June depending on what kind of winter we have encountered!
Kenny and I have talked about moving farther up north and to tell you the truth, the fact that I can have two gardens a year and get almost any kind of fresh produce year round is one of my reasons to stay put, I’m just so spoiled. Our local produce stands and grocery stores give us plenty of fresh fruits and veggies if I do not have them growing in my garden and because they don’t have to be shipped from long distances, the prices are always modest, giving us an abundance of goodies to choose from. This year for example, the blackberries blooming in our yard are in full force more than I have ever seen and if they mature as good as they look, I will be making jams and cobblers out the ying-yang!

Not to long now!

Not too long now!

Although we have a lot of blueberry bushes on the property and they produce sweet berries, because they are wild they have a lot of seeds hidden inside making them more of the variety of crunchy blueberries which will raise havoc on the old toothers, ha ha! Thank God we have several blueberry patches nearby where we can go and pick our own, minus the seeds :) We also have a wonderful Blueberry Festival just a couple of miles from where we live where they have all kind of different blueberry treats for you to try, talk about blueberry heaven, you’re there!
The Florida Department of Agriculture And Consumer Services offers many different recipes for us to try and when I spied a recipe for Blueberry Biscuit Cookies, I was hooked; a simple recipe made with biscuit mix, honey, blueberries and pecans, so everything I have to use is locally harvested, well, except for the biscuit mix which I can make myself so I guess you can say, all LOCAL. We have a neighbor who makes fresh honey and pecans are also native to north Florida because our climate is a lot like Georgia, the Pecan State, and our neighbor also has them!
Can you feel my enthusiasm for baking these little gems yet?

Ready for the oven!

Ready for the oven!


Ready for a big glass of cold milk!

Ready for a big glass of cold milk!









Blueberry Biscuit Cookie Recipe:
2 cups biscuit mix
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tbsp low-fat milk
1/2 cup honey, divided (I used Gallberry honey)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients except honey in a large mixing bowl.
Add enough honey to make a stiff cookie dough. *See note below
Place tablespoonfuls of dough onto a greased cookie sheet about 2-inches apart.
Bake until edges start to turn golden, about 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining honey; return to oven for an additional 5 minutes and serve immediately. **See note again

*Note: It took almost all of the called for honey to make a stiff dough, so I had to use a little extra when it came to the drizzle part.
**Note: I advise to wait at least a few minutes before munching into these little wonders as the berries are extremely hot and the honey comes in a close second, take caution!

Well I hope you enjoy these as much as we did, almost didn’t have enough to take a picture as we were both munching down. Kenny is going to have some tonight with his homemade ice cream, YUM, maybe I’ll join him…..

I do wish you would let me know what Fresh Florida Fruits you use in your recipes and if you love Blue Berries as much as we do. Don’t forget to follow Fresh From Florida on Facebook and Fresh From Florida on Twitter so you don’t miss out on all the delicious  recipes they have to offer.

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