I know, it’s been quite some time since I wrote a post. I’ve been working A LOT! For those of you that don’t know, I’m back living in New England and about a month ago started working at a gastropub!!
When I moved down to Charleston I had said that I was only going to stay there a year and I pretty much stuck to that. I got a lot of great experience working while I was down south and met a ton of great people, but what it came down to was that I just couldn’t stand the summertime heat! I gotta say that I’m a girl who’s almost always cold unless it’s sunny and 85 degrees out. In the winters in CT I go to sleep with at least four blankets on my bed while wearing at least one pair of pants, socks, a long sleeve shirt, a sweatshirt, a hat, and sometimes a hood- and I’m not kidding. So when I say it was hot, I’m not exaggerating. There were times when the humidity was 90% and the temperature was in the 90s making it feel like it was 120° with the heat index. You would go outside and start sweating without doing anything. I heard one person describe the summers as a reverse winter and they were right.
In April Tig and I packed up the Mini and with the help of my dad started my move back north. In the year that I had been in SC I had acquired quite a bit of stuff, including a bed, so the moving process what a little harder than when I moved down.
I had moved back to CT for a job at a chocolate café that didn’t pan out so I took some time off while I hunted for a different job since I was a little burnt out anyway. I staged and had job offers in Boston and in Southern CT on the shore and even had an offer back in Charleston but after some serious thinking I ended up in CT at a restaurant that hadn’t even opened yet. The first couple weeks at the restaurant included a lot of ten and twelve hour days but it was interesting seeing the whole opening process. We’ve been open a little over a month now and I think everyone is starting to get into more of a routine and it’s a little less crazy. It’s still fine dining like where I worked in Charleston but it’s what is called a gastropub-meaning fine dining in a pub-like atmosphere. The dessert menu is definitely different than what I was making in South Carolina which is one of the main reasons why I took the job. Hopefully everything continues to go smoothly and we can make some AWESOME desserts!!
I owe y’all a recipe since it’s been such a long time since I made a human treat so here is one that’s perfect for summer!
Adapted from Food Network Magazine
2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 stick of unsalted butter
¾ cup light brown sugar
¾ cup sugar
1 t vanilla
1 cup AP flour
½ t salt
Mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 325° and spray a 9×13 inch pan with cooking spray and line with tin foil (see strawberry pistachio bars).
- Line the bottom of the pan with graham crackers.
- Melt semisweet chocolate chips and butter in a saucepan on low, making sure to stir often.
- When melted, remove the pot from the heat and whisk in the sugars.
- Allow the mixture to cool a bit.
- Whisk in the eggs one at a time and the vanilla.
- In a separate bowl whisk the flour and salt together.
- Stir the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture.
- Spread batter into the pan and bake for about 35 minutes.
- Cover the top of the brownies with mini marshmallows and mini chocolate chips and continue to bake for 10 more minutes.
11. Allow to cool, cut, and enjoy no campfire needed!!