I made these brownies to take to a Super Bowl party in my new neighborhood; you know that game last Sunday with my beloved Broncos?
Well, that sure didn’t go well did it? My congrats to the Seahawks and their fans…they sure deserved this one and if we had to lose, I was glad it was to a team that had never had a Super Bowl victory before; that was exciting and I was actually happy for friends from that area.
Still, I love the Broncos; they had a great season and I’m proud of the boys. I have to admit I’m especially enamored with Peyton Manning. Beyond his obvious talents he has been a great addition to this community and by all appearances is just a great guy. I would make these brownies for you anytime Peyton; call me, maybe?
I even named my new cat Peyton. Or re-named him I guess. My daughter’s cat originally, she had named him Weaselby; it’s the Harry Potter lover that she is.
In 2013 she made the difficult decision to find a new home for him. As sweet as he is and as much as he wants human companionship; it was unfair to have him live out his days with Emily’s Corgi; the sweet but very active Ginny.
She thought he was her personal toy; however he did not like the ‘chase the kitty’ game like Ginny did so he had reverted to spending every moment under a bed in a room with a gate. Poor Kitty.
Several months ago Emily found him a new home and all things seemed to be good. Then she moved to North Carolina the first week of December and the woman who adopted him decided to move a couple of weeks ago and not take the cat with her.
So she contacted Emily; who now lived on the other side of the country. Long story short, he came here. I thought for some interim period until a new owner could be found but that little guy has wormed himself into my heart.
His anxiety is so great that the progress I’ve seen (took 2 weeks for him to take that walk into the kitchen!) makes it clear he needs a lot of loving patience and the absence of a lot of noise and ruckus.
I love seeing him start to come out of his shell. While he has nothing to fear from my dog Abbie…he knows when she is kenneled and comes out in the main part of the house only then.
I hope eventually he will realize Abbie is so not Ginny and visit me in other than nighttime hours! In the meantime I will soothe my own frazzled nerves with chocolate.
Soooo…back to brownies. REALLY good brownies. These brownies are from America’s Test Kitchen…I don’t think any of their recipes have ever failed me; this one included.
I just wanted to pump up the volume a bit with some booze in their recipe and then I added a frosting with more bourbon and a bourbon drizzle.
More a dessert bar so they would stretch and feed lots of people. There were kids there too so I took some plain ones for them…these are definitely adult only’ brownies! I decided to cut them and decorate each square with the frosting but it can also be smeared on top of them while in the pan; totally your call.
The distillery that produces this premium bourbon, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery, has a rich history in the making of bourbon and at one time their production was more than ten times that of Jack Daniels but in 1909 Prohibition forced them to close their doors.
Heirs of the original owners became interested in resurrecting the brand and in 2009, one hundred years after closing, Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery was back in business.
Kicking off their resurrection with the release of Belle Meade™ Bourbon! Originally produced by Charles Nelson in conjunction with Sperry, Wade & Co. this bourbon was known for its bold character and smooth finish.
Charles Nelson bottled and sold Belle Meade™ Bourbon in his day and now his great-great-great grandsons are doing the same. The owners have hand-selected barrels to create this unique family blend and have come up with something they know would make their ancestors proud.
I loved the story of the horses on the front label; they have a history that goes back to the days of the famous Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville, Tenn.
The horse on the right-hand side of the label is Bonnie Scotland, one of Belle Meade’s leading sires. Some of Bonnie Scotland’s descendants include War Admiral, Man O’ War, Seabiscuit and Secretariat, along with most of the horses that run in the Kentucky Derby today.
Appropriately enough, one of Bonnie Scotland’s fillies was named Bourbon Belle. The horse on the left-hand side of the label is Brown Dick, whose great-great grand sire was simply named Whiskey.
The response to these was perfect…everyone loved them! I think the best compliment was that no one thought them overly boozy. Perfect…the whiskey is supposed to enhance the components but not overpower them.
We all had such a great time meeting each other that the game as secondary. Good thing huh? 🙂
I was provided with a bottle of Belle Meade Bourbon Whiskey to sample but all opinions are my own.