The Good Vs. The Oh So Bad…

Since I’ve been cooking my Farmer’s Market veggi’s like crazy, I thought I’d add in a bonus asparagus recipe along with my newest favorite brownie concoction. Kind of hard for asparagus to compete with brownies in the same post, but they do just fine on their own if you ask me. It’s definitely my favorite way to cook up asparagus these days. Ok, let’s start with the Good….(even though there’s cheese and pancetta, I’m still counting this as good)

I’ve made this recipe 2 times in the last 3 days and find myself licking my fingers clean it is so good. This is definitely more for the older child/adult. My 10 year old niece loved it but my little guys not so much. I’m still working on them, I don’t think they can appreciate goat cheese just yet!.

The crisped pancetta and goat cheese are the perfect pair here. I highly recommend this one, I’m sure I’ll be making it tomorrow too! I’ve also been fiddling around with fresh haricot vert (fancy for green beans) and I am in love with those too, the recipe and pics will be coming soon.

Crisp Pancetta Sauteed Asparagus with Goat Cheese Crumbles

2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
4 thin slices pancetta, diced
1 Bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, about 1 lb
Pinch of salt
Crumbled Goat Cheese

1.Heat oil into a large skillet over medium heat.When hot, cook pancetta until starts to brown, reduce to medium low.

2.Drop asparagus into boiling water for 60 seconds.With a large slotted spoon, transfer asparagus to skillet.Season with a pinch of salt.Cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until heated through.Transfer asparagus and pancetta to a serving plate and top with crumbled goat cheese.

Ok, so now for the Oh so bad.Yes, these Chocolate Stuffed Butterfinger Brownies are certainly not in the healthy food group but let me tell you, this simple little brownie recipe I put together last week had everyone at our last birthday party raving.No one could believe they were from a mix, shhhhh don’t tell anyone.They really take just minutes to prepare and you’ll be on your way to impressing all your family and friends.Just don’t do like I did and give most of them away before everyone had one.It didn’t go over well at all!

Go and round up those Giant Hersey’s Bars when they are on sale, you’ll break it into squares and hide them inside the brownies. You’ll find a fun chocolaty surprise!

The Butterfinger top gets slightly crisp and wonderful. Love these.

Chocolaty Centered Butterfinger Brownies


1 brownie mix 9×13 size
1 6oz bar of chocolate broken into 12 pieces
6 fun size Butterfinger Bars or 2 full size, crushed (I used a rolling pin)

1. Prepare brownie batter according to package directions. Use a cookie scoop and fill paper lined muffin tins ½ full of brownie batter. Place 1 chocolate bar square into each cup and top with remaining brownie mix. Top with crushed Butterfinger.

2. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 29-32 minutes or until brownies are cooked through. Make sure they are cooked through completely or the centers will cave in the middle.I took mine out at about 29 minutes and they were great.Let cool for 10 minutes, then dig in!

Here’s me and my cutie pie “Bunka” on his 78th birthday last week. When I was a little tyke I called him Bunka instead of grandpa, now he is known as Bunka by just about everyone. Isn’t he the cutest thing!? Love you cutie!



Thank you so much to Kimberly from Take a nothing day, make it all worthwhile, for thinking of me for this Smile Award! She has a fantastic uplifting blog. If it wasn’t so darn late, I’d pass it on to some fellow bloggers right now, but I’ll put that on my list for next week. Thanks again!!

Coming up soon are 2 breakfast/brunch recipes that’ll send your tastebuds through the roof and of course some more fun farmer’s market cooking. Have a great weekend!

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46 Responses
  1. Michelle

    I was wondering if you would share what kind of brownie mix you prefer to use in your recipes?
    I always get turned off by the taste of the oil in them when I make them – I wonder what kind of oil you use too?

  2. Andrea and Casey

    I just bought the butterfingers and hersheys bars. I’m making this tonight! Thanks for a great recipe.

  3. Sara

    Jenny, I made these brownies last night and they were a hit!!! I love a good brownie, always. My husband isn’t a brownie eater, but I scored with this one! He said it is the best brownie he has ever had! Thanks! I can never go wrong with your recipes.

  4. The John

    Next time you make the asparagus get some good Balsamic vinegar reduce it and drizzle over the dish! We kind of do the same dish but wrap the asparagus in thin slices of pancetta or procsiutto.

  5. Beth

    I made the brownies last night and they were to die for!!! I loved the chocolate center! Unfortunately, I only let myself have one and am giving the rest away! Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Andrew's Mom

    I made this Saturday night – we had some friends over – I made them in a 9 x 13 pan – and everyone loved them – the whole pan disappeared!

  7. Jenny

    You are funny, I’ve done that before with my sister’s account. Please do add me to your blogroll!! Thanks!

  8. ~Priscilla~

    okay, you were probably wondering who that was commenting (hyeknitter) – sorry that was me logged in my sister’s account!

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