148.6...Outrageous Brownies

I made Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies recipe for Book Club last week. I can see why they are called “outrageous”!! Fabulous brownies….good thing because the recipe makes a big sheet of them!

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Outrageous Brownies (makes 20 large brownies)

Recipe from Ina Garten


1 pound unsalted butter

1 pound plus 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

6 ounces unsweetened chocolate

6 extra-large eggs

3 Tbsp instant coffee granules

2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups sugar

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp. salt

3 cups chopped walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Butter and flour a 12x18x1 baking sheet.

3. Melt together the butter, 1 pound of chocolate chips, and the unsweetened chocolate in a medium bowl over simmering water. Allow to cool slightly. In a large bowl, stir (do not beat) together the eggs, coffee granules, vanilla and sugar. Stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

4. In a medium bowl, sift together 1 cup of flour, the baking powder, and salt. Add to the cooled chocolate mixture. Toss the walnuts and 12 ounces of chocolate chips in a medium bowl with 1/4 cup of flour, then add them to the chocolate batter. Pour into the baking sheet.

5. Bake for 20 minutes, then rap the baking sheet against the oven shelf to force the air to escape from between the pan and the brownie dough. Bake for about 15 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake! Allow to cool thoroughly, refrigerate, and cut into 20 large squares.

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I left the nuts out of mine (my family doesn’t like nuts in brownies) and cut mine into much smaller squares. 

I took the kids to El Pollo Loco for lunch on Saturday. I had the Black Bean Chicken Bowl and loaded it with salsa, hot sauce, cilantro and onions.

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 We went to my son’s team’s basketball game to cheer them. He still has a cast so he can’t play yet. 

That evening I took my son to a Bat Mitzvah party and then went over to Alicia’s for dinner. They brought in Piacere Mio. Alice and I shared some Caesar Salad, our favorite Pappardelle Wild Board and Chicken Piccata. 

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So good!

Breakfast Sunday:

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I got some stuff done around the house. Lunch was a chicken salad sandwich, chips and veggies with ranch. 

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For dinner we met some friends at Alfonso’s of La Jolla. It used to be in La Jolla (obviously) but has moved to Solana Beach. I hadn’t been since the move. 

I had the fish tacos with a side salad instead of beans and rice. 

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Both were delicious. The salad dressing was fabulous on the fish tacos. I would definitely go back. 

Monday’s breakfast:

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The kids didn’t have school so I just went for a walk through our neighborhood. I took them for lunch at Souplantation. 

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For dinner I made a new recipe, Skinnytaste’s Madison’s Favorite Beef Tacos (recipe to come). They were delicious!

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Yesterday’s breakfast:

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After I took the kids to school, I met with my trainer at the gym. Then it was off to a Phillis Carey cooking class. The class was “Marvelous May Entrees”.

The first recipe was Grilled Flank Steak and Onions with Ancho Chili Rub and Onion Blossom Horseradish Sauce:

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The steak and onions were good but the sauce was what stole the show!

The second recipe was Fresh Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Basil:

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Another easy and good one!

The third recipe was Orange Miso Glazed Broiled Salmon with Sesame Seeds and Scallions:

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Really enjoyed the sauce on this one!

Next was Peanut Crusted Spicy Glazed Pork Tenderloin with Hunan Sauce:

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Another winning sauce!

Dessert was Chocolate Chip Salted Caramel Cookie Torte with Vanilla Ice Cream:

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What’s not to like!?! So good!

Last night my husband and I went to a school event in La Jolla. They had yummy tacos for dinner so I had some of those before we called it a night.

Today’s breakfast:

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I’m feeling a bit under the weather so I skipped the gym this morning. The rest of the week is pretty busy so I need to feel better fast!

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  1. Hi Melissa! There's alot of yummy food on your blog! When you go to your cooking classes..does she give you the recipes too?

    1. Oh..you are so lucky to have fun places like that to go too! I hope you will share some of the yummy desserts!

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