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IS BROWNIE PIE REALLY PIE?
DEAR MELBA: Here is a Brownie Pie recipe that readers will like. I got the original recipe from KOTV — a Kitchen Kimberley recipe. It's still basically the same, although I've added my “tweaks.” I'm not sure why it's called pie even though it doesn't call for a crust. However, Kitchen Kimberley says it can be baked in a crust, if desired.
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 teaspoon instant Vermont maple espresso powder
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup milk-chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease or spray 9-inch pie pan with nonstick spray. In large bowl of electric mixer, combine eggs, butter, sugar, flour, salt, cocoa, espresso powder and vanilla. Beat at medium speed 4 minutes. With wooden spoon, stir in chocolate chips and nuts. Pour into prepared pan and bake 30 minutes. Refrigerate overnight to give the flavors a better chance to permeate the pie before serving it with vanilla ice cream.
JOYCE HAMILTON, Hugo
DEAR MELBA: I read Carolyn Barlow's request about where to find Trader Dave's products. We have them at Gourmet Gallery, 1532 S Boulevard, Edmond, and 2820 NW 122, Oklahoma City.
If anyone wants more information, they can call us at 715-3663.
JANET MCDONALD, Gourmet Gallery
DEAR MELBA: Besides the Gourmet Gallery stores, Carolyn can find Trader Dave's Gourmet Treats in The Prairie Gypsies Catering Co.; Oklahoma City Cheese, Tulsa; Made in Oklahoma Store, Shawnee; Harvest Creek Market, near Wetumka, and the Internet, www.kygarmarket.com, or she can call me at (580) 716-2681 for more information, locations or addresses.
TRADER DAVE, Ponca City
DEAR MELBA: Carolyn specified sweet and spicy garlic dill pickles. I've found them at Atwood's. They're not the same brand, but she might like to try them.
DEAR MELBA: When I saw this recipe I thought of you, because I know you like recipes that start with mixes.
CHOCOLATE CRUNCH COOKIES
1 box (18 ounces) German chocolate cake mix
1 egg, slightly beaten
8 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1 cup crispy rice cereal
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease cookie sheet. In large bowl of electric mixer, mix cake mix, egg and butter. Stir in cereal. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on prepared cookie sheet. Dip fork in flour and flatten cookies with crisscross pattern. Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
DEAR MELBA: Here's a church sign readers might like: Whoever is praying for snow, please stop.
CAROL FORD, Midwest City
DEAR MELBA: You probably think you know what ASAP means. This is a church sign I saw in Guthrie: ASAP — Always say a prayer.
SANDY KILLIAN, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: My latest church sign was in Kiowa: Let God be your GPS.
MARY LEE COLWELL, Red Oak
DEAR MELBA: One of my favorite church signs was at a funeral: Your mansion is ready. Come inside for the key.
DEAR MELBA: Displayed at our church was a sign that said: Trust is like a paper, once it's crumpled, it can't be perfect again.
OKLAHOMA CITY READER
DEAR MELBA: I received the following by email and thought perhaps your readers would enjoy reading it:
Happiness is always there within reach, no matter how long it lasts. Let's enjoy life and don't live a complicated life. Life is too short. Work as if it was your first day. Forgive as soon as possible. Love without boundaries. Laugh without control and never stop smiling.
Please pray for those suffering from cancer.
O.B. JOHNSTON, Red Oak
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