What happens when you are in the middle of a deep, dark recession and you find that you are spending one-third of your income on food magazines?
Secretary Paulson gives you a billion dollars! No? Well maybe I'll just drive to DC and ask Congress. Hey wait a minute, I live in DC, I'll just walk to the capitol building, which will make me appear humble and serious about change. Dear Congress: I need a bail out because I spent all my money on food magazines. What will I do with the bail out money? Keep buying more magazines, I suppose. Pundits: It's unclear what Congress will do; if they don't act it will have RIPPLE EFFECTS across the economy.
exaggerating about the one-third of my income part, but, seriously, I
do spend too much cash on magazines. I just looooove them so much.
Here's a recipe from Martha Stewart's FOOD magazine, which sells for $3.50 on news stands, a true bargain by magazine standards.
- 4 tbs unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour, plus more for the pan
- 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 3/4 cup whole milk
- 1 bag (12 ounces) cranberries
- 2 tsb turbinado sugar for topping (not optional!)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees; butter and flour a 9-by-5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, combine butter, egg, and milk.
- Add wet mixture to dry mixture, and whisk to combine; fold in cranberries
- Pour batter into prepared pan; sprinkle with turbinado sugar.
- Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes clean, about 1 hour (the recipe said 1 hour and 15 minutes, but mine was done at 1 hour)
- Transfer pan to a wire rack; let bread cool 30 minutes.