All our favorites, 124pp
by staff from Surgical Services
University of Nebraska Medical Centre, 1995
Cooking on page 32
About two minutes after arriving at my sister, Susan’s, house in Tulsa Oklahoma, I was burrowing through her cookbooks to find gems on page 32s. I found quite a few that we made during my stay, but this little ring-bound book delivered the biggest surprise of all.
Page 32 has a recipe for brownies—obviously my own mother’s brownies—submitted by another sister, Jane.
Jane has spent 30 years as a nurse at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She and her colleagues from the Operating Room, Post-Anesthesia Recovery Unit and University Surgical Center contributed the recipes for this little fundraiser. Proceeds were shared with a variety of charities.
I’m so pleased to be able to share mum’s recipe, thanks to two of my sisters. And please notice the chocolate smudges on the cookbook cover.
1 1/2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup + 2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp salt
1 cup liquid oil
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup whole nuts
Place all ingredients in mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 3 minutes. Pour into greased 9×13-inch pan. Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.
How it played out
Great-nephews, Georgie and Charlie, helped me make this kid-friendly recipe.
Georgie is six years old, a keen cook and a lot of help in the kitchen. He also has an acute sense of taste and smell—perhaps a budding chef.
At 15 months, Charlie is primarily interested in making a mess while he copies his big brother.
We left out the nuts to keep the brownies kid-friendlier. We didn’t bother with icing/frosting either.
Recipes don’t get much easier than this! In next to no time, the three of us made a mess and some delicious chewy brownies. Definitely a go-to recipe for future use. But fancy having to come halfway round the world to learn a new recipe from my mum who died 14 years ago.