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Dolce per la domenica

Giuseppe and I truly disagree about consists of a healthy breakfast, as I explained here.  I think that breakfast should be a healthy meal, while he thinks that it should really just be desert at 8am.  Lucky for him, Paolo is still a baby (and can’t request cookies for breakfast) and I love to cook.  And Giuseppe begins his clinical rotations on Monday morning; I decided I could spoil him a little before he starts. So last night I whipped up these yummy cake brownies for Giuseppe.  Again, easy and delicious:

Cake Brownies

1. Grease a 15x10x1 inch pain with olive oil; set aside. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, heat 3/4 cups butter in the microwave until completely melted. Stir in 1 1/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder until combined.  Add in 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla.  (I usually substitute vanilla with maple syrup.)  Beat combination slightly with a wooden spoon.

3. In a separate bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.  Measure 1 cup milk.

4. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to the chocolate combination, beating with a wooden spoon after each addition.

5. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 15-18 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center of the brownies.  Sprinkle powdered sugar until completely covered.  Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Cut into squares and serve.

Buon appetito!

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Monkey muffins

While I was so busy procrastinating today, I made yummy banana chocolate muffins.  Which we call Monkey Muffins in our house.  (Well, anything banana-flavored is referred to as ‘monkey’ {bread, cake, muffins, etc.}. Because monkeys like bananas.)  Since the recipe was so simple and so delicious, I thought I would share:

Monkey Muffins

1. Grease 12 regular-sized muffin cups with olive oil; set aside. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.

2. In a medium bowl, mix together the following: 1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons baking soda, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Mix well, and then make a well with the mixture and set aside.

3. In a separate bowl, combine: 1 beaten egg, 1/2 cup milk, 3/4 cup mashed over-ripe bananas, and 1/4 cup olive oil.  Mix thoroughly and then pour into the flour mixture.  Fold the flour mixture into this until combined, but still lumpy.  (Do not overmix.)

4. Add 1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips.  (Or broken pieces of a dark chocolate bar. It’s all I had in the house.)

5. Spoon mixture into the muffin cups, filling roughly 2/3 of each cup.

6. Cook for 18 minutes.

7. Cool on a wire rack and serve.

EASY. And yummy.  I think Giuseppe consumed nearly half of the batch for desert; he will probably eat the rest for breakfast.


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Cookies are for desert, right? A yummy little treat to signal the end of an afternoon or evening meal.  Not in our house.  Italians are very particular about their palate for breakfast, and eat exclusively sweet foods in the morning.  Which usually means a cafe latte or hot chocolate with some sort of pastry. Every. Day.

Giuseppe is very picky about what he will eat for breakfast.  For him there are two food groups in the morning: cookies and cake.  He loathes anything slightly savory in the morning and routinely complains about how disgusting my breakfast choices are.  Since when are eggs and toast yucky in the morning?

So, yes, when we grocery shop, we have to visit the desert aisle for prepackaged cookies and sweet breads.  (It would be impossible to keep homemade cookies and cakes in the kitchen with the rate that Giuseppe consumes them.)  This morning he ate about six chocolate Florentine cookies with his cafe latte.

I, on the other hand, think that a good breakfast should be nutritious, with a mix of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein.  (Eggs, fruit, whole grains, etc.).  Giuseppe refuses to cooperate. I think this could potentially become a problem as our little guy grows up.   It will be a losing battle for me, on team nutrition.  What child will take his mother seriously about the importance of a healthy breakfast when his father is wolfing down chocolate chip cookies every morning?

At least I have a solid year before the battle begins.


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