Dear friends, Mrs. Jones Could Use a Beer is all about simplifying our lives and not keeping up with the Joneses. In that vein, today, I’d like to bring you a simple hangover cure.
Not to be confused with just any hangover cure. This is an Election Hangover Cure.
I don’t care if you’re in the basket of deplorables or if you’re a nasty woman, everyone is road-weary and tired after one of the craziest elections this country has ever seen. It’s safe to say the whole nation has an election hangover, and I feel that one of the best ways to recover is comfort food.
This is not paleo, gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, organic, green anything. This is pure unadulterated “eat-your-feelings” goodness. Join me or not, I’m going in.
Raw “Wounds” Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
(I’ll kindly ask you to save your chastisement over eating raw eggs for another time.)
This is an interpretation from our friends with the classic Nestle Tollhouse recipe.
- 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
- 1 cup chopped nuts
- *I also like to add a teaspoon of corn starch to make it extra fluffy, but do what you please
“Reach Across the Aisle” Red
This isn’t an actual wine, but it should be. And admittedly, this could cause another type of hangover tomorrow, but we’ll weather that storm when it gets here. In the meantime, any red will do. The pricier the better. We deserve it.
“But I Don’t Want to be a Grown-Up” Brownies
In an election where it felt like we were watching 2nd-graders throw down on the playground for 18 months, it’s understandable that some of us feel like being the actual grown-ups is exhausting. Have a brownie. Have a whole pan. I can’t think of any problem brownies can’t solve. (Well, except for diabetes. Brownies can’t solve diabetes.)
This is an Alton Brown recipe from our friends at the Food Network.
- 4 large eggs
- 1 cup sugar, sifted
- 1 cup brown sugar, sifted
- 8 ounces melted butter (2 sticks)
- 1 1/4 cups cocoa, sifted
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup flour, sifted
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher saltDirections:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Butter and flour an 8-inch square pan.
In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, beat the eggs at medium speed until fluffy and light yellow. Add both sugars. Add remaining ingredients, and mix to combine.
Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-inch square pan and bake for 45 minutes. Check for doneness with the tried-and-true toothpick method: a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan should come out clean. When it’s done, remove to a rack to cool. Resist the temptation to cut into it until it’s mostly cool.
*Look, I know it says to sift like four of these ingredients. I don’t see how we’ve got time for that.
Because everything is better with cheese.
I know comfort food isn’t a healthy option, but if only for a little while, it sure does make me feel better.
For some, this has been a hard day. For others it feels like a victory. No matter which side you’re on, let’s all remember that these United States are ours. We are writing our own story. Our differences don’t have to divide us.
No matter how impossible it seems, we can come together, we can listen, we can be heard, and we can always, always, always be kind.