It's Dorie's (as in Greenspan) birthday today!
The folks over at Tuesdays with Dorie and French Fridays with Dorie are celebrating virtually. Check out the LYL (Leave Your Links) at each site to see what the rest of the crew whipped up.
After cooking and baking out of Dorie's books for the past three years and getting a sense of her through her recipes and anecdotes, I had put together a very strong concept of what she would be like in real life.
Her writing style is warm and encouraging and she makes you feel like you can do just about anything if you give it a try. These are the books that gave me the confidence to mess around with - I mean, um, add my own personal touch to almost everything I make. (Yes, *once in a while*, I have been known to change up a recipe from the way it was written... Grins sheepishly...)
After having the amazing opportunity to meet her last month, I realized that the concept was pretty close to the reality - except, she is even warmer and more encouraging in person. Seriously.
So, in honor of Dorie's birthday, I whipped up a batch of "Tribute-to-Katharine Hepburn Brownies" from Baking: From my Home to Yours - chocolate seemed like a fitting way to celebrate. I love the simplicity of these one pot wonders - this is one of those recipes that makes it possible to have dessert on a weeknight.
These fudgy wonders are a favorite in my house.
Joyeux Anniversaire, Dorie!
(P.S. I couldn't find an official version of this recipe posted on line to link to; but if you Google the recipe title, there are quite a few close variations out there - but if you want the Real Deal - and you should because these are really good - go buy the book!)