Diane Friedberg of Miami Beach asked if anyone had the recipe for brownies called Fudgies that her mother used to make from a Woman’s Home Companion cookbook she received as a wedding present in 1941. She remembered they were made with evaporated milk and had powdered sugar on top.
Jon suggested Friedberg watch eBay for a copy of the cookbook. “There’s one up for auction, but it will probably be gone by the time she gets this message.” (Indeed, the book was sold right away, though there is always a chance another will surface.)
“Otherwise, I offer this recipe from my wife’s grandmother,” Jon continued. “They, too, referred to them as Fudgies. They can be topped with chopped nuts (pecans) or dusted with powdered sugar. We do both. I believe she would be happy with this recipe, although it does not contain evaporated milk.”
Caroline K. sent the caramel brownies recipe here, “even though I know it isn’t what your reader wanted. It does call for evaporated milk, which gave me an excuse to share this recipe for the best brownies I’ve ever tasted!”
Since I know how much Cook’s Corner readers love fiddling with a cake mix, I had to try the recipe, which is from Carnation. These brownies will make you swoon if you are a caramel lover. Several of my tasters who are big fans of the salted caramel flavor so popular now suggested adding a sprinkling of coarse salt to the top while the brownies are still warm.
Q. I love the chimichurri on the steak at Los Ranchos, but have never been able to get the proportions right when I try to make it at home. Can you get the recipe?
I remember when Los Ranchos opened in Miami, introducing South Florida to the enticing flavors of a Nicaraguan steakhouse, including gallo pinto and tres leches cake. Now there are locations at Bayside, The Falls, Sweetwater and Westland Mall. The chimichurri recipe is simple but lively.
I’m a great believer in soup no matter the weather. I love its warm, welcoming aroma when there is chill in the air, and also enjoy the simple, fresh taste of a cool soup that refreshes with the flavors of spring.
Happily, The Soupbox Cookbook by Dru Melton and Jamie Taerbaum (Race Point, $27) offers 125 creative and traditional recipes from the noted Chicago restaurant of the same name. Though there are a few long-simmering recipes, many take hardly any prep time. The cucumber soup here, for example, can be made in minutes.
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