‘Tis the season for neighborhood barbecues, block parties, and picnics. If you are lucky enough to have a few of these events on your social calendar, and have been called on to bring a dessert to share, then have we got a recipe for you. Light years better than any boxed brownie mix or slice and bake cookies you can find, and barely more work than either.
On the 4th of July, my family gathered not only to celebrate my sister’s 40th (again) birthday, but also the 70th birthdays of my mom and dad, as they each had hit this milestone earlier in the spring. Suffice to say that a rather special shindig was in order. Everyone rolled up their sleeves, and we put on quite a spread for family and friends. There was grilled chicken, steak, burgers, and dogs. There was a delicious fruit salad, a fab potato salad, a yummy composed green salad, and my mom’s famous baked beans and pasta fagioli. We had sublime homemade hommus and crab dip, killer guacamole and chips, and a delicious artichoke dip. There were even steamed lobsters with drawn butter, and a fabulously rich chocolate birthday cake to commemorate the day. Ugh….I’m feeling full again just thinking about it all.
If I were a gamblin’ man, I would have guessed that the lobster, or maybe the steaks would have garnered the most praise from the crowd, but as good as they were, they couldn’t compete with the Coconut Pecan Chocolate Chunk Bars that I put out after lunch…..silly me. They were, without question, the hit of the day.
OMG…WHERE DID YOU GET THESE THINGS?
YOU MADE THEM…..CUT IT OUT…..REALLY?
I DON’T SUPPOSE YOU’D BE WILLING TO SHARE THE RECIPE, WOULD YOU, WOULD YOU, HUH?
I MEAN THESE ARE REALLY GOOD……ACTUALLY THEY ARE BETTER THAN REALLY GOOD (at this point, the speaker is starting to shake like a crack addict desperate for a fix).
OH SWEET JESUS…..THEY ARE FABULOUSLY, STUPENDOUSLY, AWESOMELY GOOD! CAN I PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE HAVE THE RECIPE? PLEEEEEASE!!!
Alright…already. I’ll make you a deal. If you promise to check yourself into rehab on Monday, I’ll post the recipe to my blog. 😉