19 September 2007

my new love & a bite to eat...

D., please don't be jealous, but if you find me swooning at the computer, it is because i am here...

venice daily photo

i do promise you that once my obsession dies down, the fruits of it will be forthcoming...places to visit while we are there! (not that i needed much help, but...)

now venezia, italia always reminds me of food & that is good because it is wednesay...time for what's cooking wednesday! (shan, i hope you are feeling better...i would do chicken soup for you if i could :)...i don't have that particular culinary cure (unless we are talking about chocolate or cookie dough addictions!) on today's agenda, but i promise i will post it further into the cool weather time.

before i do get to the recipe for today, i wanted to share some yummy, inspiring sites i have found of late. not only are the recipes contained within enough to make me run to the market & cook, but the photography of some of these talented cooks makes me want to frame their works!

a foodie froggy in paris

desert candy

la tartine gourmande

creampuffs in venice

cupcake bakeshop

the blue cafe


lucullian delights

after all these spectacular sites, my recipes seem so lame, but they do serve me well. this week's treat was the special request of K-Bug for her birthday dessert. i must make this when no one is around or else the cookie dough is gone before it is on the brownies!

Chocolate Cookie Dough Brownies

*Combine 2 c. sugar, 1 1/2 c. flour, 1/2 c. cocoa, & 1/2 t. salt in a mixing bowl

*Add 1 c. canola oil, 4 eggs & 2 t. vanilla extract to sugar mix...beat at medium speed for 3 minutes

*Pour into a greased 9"X13" pan & bake at 350 for ~30"...cool completely

*Mix 1/2 c. soft butter, 1/2 c. brown sugar, & 1/4 c. sugar well

*Add 2 T. milk & 1 t. vanilla extract to butter mix...blend well

*Add 1 c. flour...mix well then spread over cooled brownies...chill until firm

*Melt 1 c. chocolate chips & 1 T. shortening, stirring until smooth

*Spread or drizzle chocolate mix over cooled cookie dough

being the art types that we are, i go for the jackson pollock look when making these. enjoy!!

(for some serious distraction-from-real-life, be sure to click on the "jackson" link above!)


Shan said...

I'm pretty sure the brownies would make me feel better. The look yummy!!

Foodie Froggy said...

Thank you very much for mentioning my blog ! I am very flattered. Now I am going to "study" your blog very carefully !hehe !
Thanks again,
Anne "Foodie Froggy"

qualcosa di bello said...

shan...well that's good. i'm with you there - chocolate ALWAYS makes me feel better :)

anne...have fun! it was a pleasure to give you a mention! all the scrumptious recipes...all the beautiful photos!

Mélanie said...

I love Venice daily photo . it is such a wonderful blog . i'm happy others bloggers share it

qualcosa di bello said...

melanie...yes venice daily is the next best thing for me!