celebratory blondies

I picked up a second part-time job today. Actually, I’ve been doing pretty well on the interview front lately. I got offered the last job I interviewed for, but I turned it down because though it was catering related, it didn’t involve me playing with food at all.  I was afraid I would be unhappy stuck behind a desk full time; didn’t think that was fair to me or the hiring manager.  But today, I walked into an interview for a part time job and walked out with the job.  I start tomorrow.  I’m getting good at this.

There's a funny story with how I ended up meeting the hiring manager at this new job.  I went to a women's networking event at the City Club of Buckhead a few weeks ago, complete with panels of speakers, etc.. But one by one all the people I wanted to meet were cutting out of the event. Frustrated, I went to use the restroom.  Their restrooms are fitted with those fancypants automatic flushing toilets which always seem to go off when you're using the damn thing, and this time was no exception.  Damn thing flushed before I was done, which resulted in me blurting out a few choice expletives.  When I emerged from the toilet, I found myself face to face with a beautifully made up woman, smart down to her lacquered fingernails and designer shoes. Fortunately, she had a good sense of humor, so we laughed and made small talk about Stupid High-Tech Toilets, chatted for a bit, then exchanged business cards.  And then I went on about my day and forgot all about her....

... until the next morning I received an email from her, cc'ing some bigwig at some large restaurant group here in Atlanta, telling him "This is the girl I was telling you about!  You need to talk to her!".  After one phone interview and an in-person interview with one of his people, I got the job.

All this to say, be nice to people you meet in public restrooms. If that toilet hadn't flushed on me while I was still sitting on it, I wouldn't have this job.

So this weekend I’ll be ridiculously busy since I work both part time jobs, one of them having to do with some event at the Atlanta Food and Wine Festival.  And to celebrate my last day off for a while, I’m making blondies.

I have no earthly idea where this recipe originated from.  I have it scribbled on notepad paper on the side of my fridge, where it's resided for at least 8 years.  For all I know, I saw it on TV and jotted it down; I really don’t remember.  It’s my go-to for “I Need Dessert Right Now” moods. It can be a tad sweet due to the usage of brown sugar mixed with whatever candy bits you’ve got on hand, so (to quote the immortal Truvy), I serve it over ice cream to cut the sweetness.

{Speaking of Steel Magnolias, at New Teaching Job I work with a bunch of gay men who love to quote from that movie. I couldn’t be in better company. }

Celebratory Blondiessourced from God knows where, but currently from the side of my fridge.
Makes one 9 x 9 pan – approximately 9 3-inch squares

½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup light brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
1 cup all-purpose flour (I used unbleached white whole wheat flour, because that’s what I have on hand today)
1/3ish cup of chips (chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, etc), or chopped walnuts, or bits of Heath bar

1. Preheat oven to 350˚F.  Grease a 9 x 9 inch pan and set aside.

2. In a standing mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, mix the melted butter and brown sugar on high speed until well blended.   Add the egg and vanilla, and mix until thoroughly incorporated.  Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together and, with the mixer on low speed, incorporate that gradually into the mix.  Remove the bowl from the mixer and add whatever chocolate chunks or nuts to this and mix together with a rubber spatula.

3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick or wooden skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Let cool on a wire rack before unmolding and cutting into squares.  Eat. Enjoy. Celebrate yourself because you are amazing.


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