Rachael’s b-day is today!

Happy Birthday, Rachael!

Every year I have to make one of Rachael’s favorite treats, Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies, for her birthday. They are impossibly chocolatey, fudgey, nutty, chewy, and tasty. Ellyn, an old friend and real foodie gave my this recipe when I got married almost thirty years ago. The story goes that it is actually Katharine Hepburn’s family recipe that was printed in a newspaper in Connecticut at some time in the thirties and has been passed on though bridal showers ever since! The only thing I can say is that people do LOVE them. Even I, who don’t have a sweet tooth at all, munch a couple of these.  I always have to make a double batch. And they couldn’t be easier to make. I will put the recipe right here below. and it’s also on my DishandDine website if you ever lose it.


Happy Birthday, dearest Rachael, and enjoy your brownies today!

Katharine Hepburn’s Brownies


  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 stick butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla


Melt chocolate and butter together in a saucepan. Stir in sugar, eggs, and vanilla; and beat mixture well. Then stir in flour, salt and walnuts. Pour into a buttered and floured 8 inch square pan and bake in preheated oven at 325° for 40 minutes.

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Cheryl Carlesimo is one of ten children, wife, mother of twins, author, independent filmmaker and television producer with her company, Stone House Productions. Food-related programs include Rachael Ray: Chefography and a number of prime time specials with Rachael Ray, Cooking Thin, 115 episodes of Food 911 with Tyler Florence, and Ham on the Street with George Duran for Food Network. Cheryl is also the founder of, a grassroots online food community with the look and feel of a real world marketplace – YouTube meets Facebook for Food  — where food lovers everywhere can highlight their niche food interests and share treasured family recipes and memories.

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