You've seen the commercial by now: the bouncer & velvet rope in the grocery store: "They were once off-limits, but now...." and the next thing you see is a bunch of already-skinny women dancing around and eating brownies.
So a couple of weeks ago, I bought a box of the chocolate peanut butter variety. One, they were on sale, and two, I was hungry, and plan-wise, they worked for me. After I checked out my cart and got my stuff in the car, I checked out one of the brownies....... And my verdict? Meh. They are not velvet-rope-worthy, but if you needed something quick and sugary then have at it.
However..... let me tell you how to not make them "meh" but something leaning more toward "wow": unwrap and heat very briefly in the microwave (I suggest no more than 15 seconds for a 1000+ watt microwave). Add 1/2 c of your favorite vanilla ice cream (I used Mayfield Creamier Church Vanilla Bean, because that was what I had in the freezer). Joy and happiness..... and MUCH tastier! With the reduced fat ice cream, it's 5 PPV (depending on your ice-cream). For Breyer's Fat-Free vanilla, it would knock it down to 4 PPV (2 for the brownie, 2 for the ice cream).
Recipe Review: Hungry Girl's Crab Rangoonies
I love the HG daily newsletter. And I love quite a few of the recipes in there. I have 2 or 3 of the HG books (I haven't gotten Hungry Girl's 300 Under 300 because I'm already overloaded with recipes and cookbooks right now). The other day, the newsletter was all in praise of wonton wrappers, and the wonderful things you can do with them....... As luck had it, I had just bought some the week before, intending to make chips with them, but this was a better idea! So I perused her list and came across Crab Rangoonies.
Back in the day, I would eat an entire order of crab rangoons from the Chinese place, along with whatever else I had ordered. My stomach, apparently, knew no bounds, and I truly shudder to think how much fat, sugar, and sodium I had consumed in that meal. While I still eat Chinese on very rare occasions (mostly due to the sodium factor), my mouth and stomach haven't seen crab rangoons in a very long time. :( Shame too because I love their ooey-gooeyness. Until.......
I finally got around to making them tonight for dinner. And may I say: they are all that, even without a bag o' chips. The recipe is fairly easy to make, though the preparation does take some time. But very, very yummy. I should have taken pictures, but I didn't think about it....