It’s Time for the Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies, Scrumptious Leg of Lamb, and Picking the Right Sparkling Wine.

Make a batch of these brownies for the peanut butter lover in your life.
Baking Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies

If you love chocolate and peanut butter, we have a delicious treat for you. To make sure every bite of our Ultimate Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownies lives up to its name, we use two types of peanut butter and three types of chocolate to create brownies with a rich peanut butter flavor and chewy texture. 

Our goal with this recipe was to create a dish so easy the ingredients could be kept on hand, and a batch made any time anyone in your house started to crave chocolate – which in our house is pretty much every day, all the time.

What makes these brownies stand out is how we incorporate the peanut butter into every bite by creaming it with the butter and sugar to distribute it throughout the brownies and then adding in peanut butter chips for little bursts of flavor and texture.

One thing that helps me when I’m planning a holiday dinner is to use the flavors in the main dish as a guide for the rest of the menu. One of my favorite holiday recipes is our Sous Vide Leg of Lamb, which uses fresh rosemary, thyme, and garlic to create bright Medeterrian flavors. 

Sliced Leg Of Lamb

It’s the type of dish that looks stunning as the centerpiece of a holiday meal and pairs beautifully with this Herb Risotto with Rosemary and Thyme and these Roasted Carrots with Rosemary and Fennel

Serving dishes with similar flavor profiles ensures that each bite your guests have complements the other. In this case, the rosemary acts as a bridge between the crunch of the fennel, the creaminess of the risotto, and the richness of the lamb. It’s a simple way to make a meal feel more composed.

If you’re in charge of bringing the bubbly for New Years take a read through Understanding the Difference Between Champagne, Prosecco, and Cava. It’s an illuminating piece that dispels a few myths and makes it easy to pick the right sparkling wine for every occasion.

And for those days when the holidays are done, the tree has been taken down, and it’s time to get back to work. We have A Few Tips for Making Better Coffee to help make that little cup of pick-me-up-and-go taste even better.

I’d like to wish you and yours happy holidays and add a special thank you to everyone who took the time to read and share Umami this year. We greatly appreciate your support.

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