It’s such a comfort

Lately I’ve been thinking about a scene in the movie, Julie and Julia. During all my travels of the past month, I had an opportunity to watch this movie for probably the 20th time. What has been playing over in the back of my mind is this dialogue:

“Chocolate cream pie.” Julie Powell says as she walks past a chocolate window display. Later, at home while stirring a pot on the stove she says to her husband, “You know what I love about cooking?” “What’s that?” her husband responds. “I love that, after a day when nothing is sure, and when I say nothing, I mean nothing. You can come home and absolutely know that if you add egg yolks to chocolate, sugar and milk it will get thick. It’s such a comfort.”

Today, as I was eating my lunch at work, I flipped open my iPad and opened up my new app “Pulp”. In the blog “A cup of Jo”,, I came across a link to a recipe for brownies. Why this version stuck with me, or even why I decided to read through it, I don’t know, but I felt that I had found something I was looking for.

Next I used another app, “recipe builder” and recorded the recipe which also gave me all the nutritional statistics. Probably more than we need to know about how much fat is in 1 serving, but then again, maybe not.

Finally, after dinner was out-of-the-way, my kids and I made the brownies. They really watched and licked anything that had batter on it. But the whole experience was “such a comfort”. The whole thing came together just as it should have, it was easy and very certain.

Serves: 9


  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup, packed Sugar, brown
  • 1 cup Sugar, white, granulated or lump
  • 2 large Egg
  • 3/4 cup Flour, white, flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa, dry powder, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon Salt

Pre heat oven to 390
Melt butter in medium sized pot, then let cool for 1 minute.
Mix after each addition. Sugars. Everything else.
Line 8 square baking dish with parchment paper. Pour in batter.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes.
Cool for 1 hour or overnight.

Nutrition Info (per serving)
Calories 292
Total Fat 12g
Saturated 7.2g
Polyunsaturated 0.6g
Monounsaturated 3.3g
Cholesterol 74mg
Sodium 126mg
Total Carbs 45g
Dietary Fiber 1.9g
Sugar 34g
Protein 3.5g
Vitamin A 102mcg
Vitamin C 0.0mg
Calcium 27mg
Iron 1.5mg

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