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Twelve Days of Christmas: Peppermint Brownies with Dark Chocolate Ganache

Originally posted on Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide:

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In no way is there a secret layer made of mayo

These triple-decker babies are rich, perfect for a party or a big crowd or perhaps just to get a serious chocolate fix.

Peppermint Brownies with Dark Chocolate Ganache

For Peppermint Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened at room temperature for about 30 minutes)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. flour
  • 1/2 cup hard peppermint candy, ground to a powder (we used a coffee grinder)

For brownies

  • 6 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3.5 to 4.25 ounce bar of peppermint bark (reserve one square)

For Ganache

  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Preheat oven to 350 and butter square brownie pan. With a hand mixer on medium speed, blend ingredients for topping  until smooth. In a…

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S’mores Cookies

Originally posted on creative noshing:

These s’mores cookies are a new cookie for this year’s basket. A chocolate chip oatmeal cookie base with the addition of graham and marshmallows. Gooey and delicious!

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup crushed graham crackers
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups quick-cooking oats
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups marshmallows
1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, graham crackers, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats, walnuts, and chocolate chips and marshmallows. Drop by heaping…

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Uninsured Blacks Eligible for More Aid under Affordable Care Act

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:

 Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, talks with enrollment specialist Jaileene Tavarez, right, and Shaheda Jenkins, center at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, talks with enrollment specialist Jaileene Tavarez, right, and Shaheda Jenkins, center at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit Friday, Nov. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – As President Obama continues a revised campaign to shore up American confidence in the Affordable Care Act, a new report released today points out that six out of 10 uninsured African Americans who are eligible for insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces – 4.2 million people – may also be eligible for federal options and/or financial assistance with healthcare costs.

According to the report from the Department of Health and Human Services, 2.2 million may qualify for either tax credits to help purchase plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace, while the other 2 million may qualify for free to low-cost coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)…

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A Moment Of Silence For Newtown Connecticut And Sandy Hook Elementary School.


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A moment for Newtown


On December 14th, one year ago tomorrow, we lost 26 fellow Americans to gun violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. We lost 20 of our youngest students, and six dedicated school workers.


To mark the anniversary of that senseless tragedy, President Obama will honor those lost at Sandy Hook with a moment of silence tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. ET. We’d like you to join.



Street artist Panzarino prepares a memorial as he writes the names of the Sandy Hook Elementary School victims during the six-month anniversary of the massacre, at Union Square in New York



Join the moment of silence tomorrow, and help honor the victims of Newtown, Connecticut.


Sandy Hook: “Evil did not win.”


Published on Dec 6, 2013

A mother who lost her 6-year-old daughter at Sandy Hook shares what tragedy has taught her during the past year.




Children killed by guns since Newtown


Published on Dec 11, 2013

Mother Jones‘ special report on children killed by guns in the year since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.




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Published on Dec 4, 2013

Saturday, December 14 marks one year since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Moms Demand Action will commemorate the anniversary with No More Silence, a campaign to honor the victims and show our resolve never to be silent again about gun violence. The campaign will include a week of action culminating on December 14, with events in more than 35 states. Each event will include a communal ringing of bells—a moment of No More Silence—to remember the victims and to show that the time for silence is over.













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“12 Years a Slave” Leads Golden Globes Nominations; Idris Elba and Kerry Washington also Among Honored

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:


The Hollywood Foreign Press Association yesterday announced the nominees for the 71st annual Golden Globes. Fox Searchlight’s 12 Years A Slave garnered seven nominations (tied with American Hustle), including Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Director (Steve McQueen), Best Screenplay (John Ridley), Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o) and Best Motion Picture – Drama.  Ejiofor also picked up a nod for his performance in the miniseries Dancing on the Edge, competing in that category with this year’s other double nominee, Idris Elba, who was recognized for his work in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom as well as his television series Luther.

Other television nods went out to Kerry Washington for her work on ABC’s Scandal, and Don Cheadle for his leading role on Showtime’s House of Lies.  The 2014 ceremony will again be hosted by “Parks and Recreation’s” 

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