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Oklahoman Published: May 14, 2014

Melba’s Swap Shop

It’s never too late to brag on Mom and her good cooking

DEAR MELBA: I hope we can still brag on our mothers for being good cooks. My mom, Johanne Havyack, used to always have these brownies ready for me as an after-school snack.

She was a wonderful cook. She came to the United States from Germany at the age of 6. She grew up to be a hardworking, loving person. She is now in Heaven with her mom and my dad. She was loved by many. And, we all love her brownies.

Mom’s Easy Double Chocolate Chip Brownies

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided

1/2 cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces

3 eggs

11/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup chopped nuts

•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 9 by 13 inch pan. In large saucepan, over low heat, melt 1-cup chocolate chips, stirring until smooth.

•Remove from heat, and add eggs; stir well.

•Add flour, sugar, soda and vanilla, and stir well.

•Stir in remaining 1-cup chips and nuts.

•Spread in prepared pan, and bake 18 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out still slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Yield: 2 dozen servings.

— Sandra Warren, Oklahoma City

DEAR MELBA: At a luncheon a few weeks ago, somehow Peanut Butter Pie entered the conversation. As I am not native to the Oklahoma City area, I was remembering a restaurant back home in Long Beach, Calif., that had Peanut Butter Pie on the menu. I’ve asked several people if they had any idea where it would be served locally. I was surprised at the number of people who had never heard of it. Can you help? I’ve had it served with both meringue and with creme topping. I’d appreciate learning of a restaurant that serves it. Thanks.

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