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“Every day you learn something new.”

That is the absolute truth.

Today I learned that 15 minutes of exercise a day can add 3 years to your life … I would like to know if it doubles if I do 30 minutes? And will all that exercise lead to immortality?

I also found out that, “every single hour of TV watched after the age of 25 shortened the viewer’s life expectancy by just under 22 minutes”.

I watch 5 hours of Reality TV-junk a week… and I’m 33.

According to the Math I just did in my head, I’ve lost a month of my life to TV?!? 

Can I gain back that month, and the many more to come, if I exercise 15 minutes a day, every day? Thanks in advance, genius study/research people.

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MSNBC just informed of another study; 60,000 pounds of ground beef was recalled due to E.Coli.

That’s just one more reason to have dessert first.

Have a brownie, please!


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ENJOY! And don’t watch the news. icon smile Double Chocolate Brownies


Double Chocolate Brownies
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Serves: Serves 12
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup good quality semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • handful of roughly chopped walnuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl sift together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder; mix in the chocolate chips. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl add in the eggs, butter, sugar, and vanilla and whisk just until combined.
  4. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients just until combined; do not overmix.
  5. Spread the batter into a lightly greased 8-inch square pan and sprinkle the top with walnuts.
  6. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into brownies comes out with a few crumbs.
  7. Let cool.
  8. Cut and Serve.
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Serving size: 1 Brownie

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  1. DessertForTwo August 30, 2011 at 8:53 AM - Reply


  2. jenjenk August 29, 2011 at 8:03 PM - Reply

    oh noooo! i’m 40 and my favorite hobby is watching tv!!! i’m screwed!! ;) I’m going to make myself these brownies now!

  3. Firefly August 22, 2011 at 11:38 PM - Reply

    ROFL :) I guess we both balance it somehow LOL I love this brownie recipe :) Yum Yum and I love nuts on brownies :)

  4. Terra August 20, 2011 at 7:04 PM - Reply

    I wonder if you watch exercise reality shows, what that would do to the life expectancy? LOL! You brownies look so moist, and chocolatey! I made my hubby come and look at the delicious pictures:-) Hugs, Terra

  5. Kim Bee August 19, 2011 at 9:18 PM - Reply

    Okay I love these brownies and I’m just going to forget that bit of news I cannot remember you told us now.

  6. Sandra August 19, 2011 at 7:25 PM - Reply

    Congratulations Kate!

  7. leslie August 19, 2011 at 3:45 PM - Reply

    I totally agree…dessert first. I might just eat the whole pan of these brownies!

  8. Mercedes August 19, 2011 at 12:08 PM - Reply

    OH NO! Those are not the statistics I want to hear! But, I’m with you, if we are losing minutes by watching our favorite t.v.shows, might as well pile on the desserts and enjoy our time while we are here! And these brownies look like a great way to indulge.

  9. Mina @ Angellove's Cooking August 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM - Reply

    This dessert is a one to die for, Kate!!I love anything with chocolate and if the chocolate is doubled :) then I’d like that even twice more :)! And congrats on Top 9 again!!!

  10. Luciana August 19, 2011 at 10:26 AM - Reply

    Congrats on Top 9! Lovely brownies!

  11. Elies_Lie August 19, 2011 at 10:17 AM - Reply

    Ohh! This Brownies will be a totaly browniess!
    Love u use a semisweet choco chips & unsweetened choco powder!
    & even more love when u said : let’s have brownies! LOL
    Tq for sharing the recipe kate! & Congratz for the top 9 on foodbuzz! ;)

  12. Cookin' Canuck August 19, 2011 at 10:16 AM - Reply

    I’d happily give up watching TV (shocking statistic) for a couple of these gorgeous brownies.

  13. sensiblecooking August 19, 2011 at 9:58 AM - Reply

    I am always dessert first and your double chocolate brownies looks to die for. After work gathering the ingredients and getting to work to make my own double chocolate brownies.

  14. emily August 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM - Reply

    This would be great with REESES.

  15. Cristina August 19, 2011 at 8:26 AM - Reply

    This is sweet, double chocolate decadence deliciousness. Nicely done, Kate! ;)

  16. Lin Ann August 19, 2011 at 8:25 AM - Reply

    Congrats on Top 9! Beautiful photo and double chocolate brownies will get me off the couch, stat!

  17. Bo W August 19, 2011 at 6:25 AM - Reply

    What if you exercise and watch tv at the same time? Brownies are always my favorite. These sound awesome.

  18. Sandra's Easy Cooking August 19, 2011 at 12:07 AM - Reply

    Ohh that looks soo soo good! Congrats on top 9!!!!

  19. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar August 18, 2011 at 11:24 PM - Reply

    Yay on the Top Nine Kate! These deserved it!

  20. marla August 18, 2011 at 10:49 PM - Reply

    Love the extra chocolate in these brownies and I am a sucker for anything with nuts too :)

  21. Lil @ sweetsbysillianah August 18, 2011 at 10:07 PM - Reply

    i’d eat this brownie before dinner any day! brownies are my fave….this looks so moist and fudgey. mmm…

    ps – we are the same age (well, i will be in about 1 hour EST)! lol! ;)

  22. Ann August 18, 2011 at 9:19 PM - Reply

    These brownies look delicious and your post was great! I read it out loud to hubby…. and we both wondered – does the loss of TV life include news watching? If so – we’re in big trouble…we’re news junkies!

  23. torviewtoronto August 18, 2011 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    delicious yummy looking brownies

  24. Baking Serendipity August 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM - Reply

    Eek, should I even think about time lost spent online!?! I’m thinking these brownies are the perfect distraction…I love the extra chocolate :)

  25. Ramona August 18, 2011 at 6:38 PM - Reply

    Okay… this is just down right naughty! Those brownies will definitely take a month my life off because I would eat the whole darn pan!! : ) They look unbelievably good. I think this is a perfect brownie recipe.

  26. Feast on the Cheap August 18, 2011 at 5:58 PM - Reply

    Oh man, give me these brownies! My sweet-tooth has been insatiable lately

  27. Peggy August 18, 2011 at 4:48 PM - Reply

    That’s exactly why I don’t watch the news lol Too depressing!

    But I will definitely take your advice and eat these brownies first =)

  28. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz August 18, 2011 at 3:45 PM - Reply

    Great stats but the most important is missing. Do you gain living time by eating a lot of this great brownie recipe?

  29. briarrose August 18, 2011 at 3:16 PM - Reply

    You had me at double chocolate. ;) Lovely brownies.

    Is it just me that thought I could sneak in a little exercise while I watch TV and I’m gold?

  30. Elyse@ The Cultural Dish August 18, 2011 at 12:41 PM - Reply

    I love how fudgey they look and the beautiful crinkled top is making me hungry!

  31. Charlie August 18, 2011 at 12:36 PM - Reply

    I’ve been craving chocolatey desserts for a couple days and your brownies look amazing!!!!

  32. myFudo August 18, 2011 at 11:45 AM - Reply

    wow they look delicious. so mouth watering. Can have them anytime of the day.

  33. Becka (The Elegant Eggplant) August 18, 2011 at 11:19 AM - Reply

    YUM!!!!! beautiful brownies.. dessert first is a great idea :)

  34. CouponClippingCook August 18, 2011 at 10:14 AM - Reply

    This recipe sounds so good and they look so delicious and moist too.

  35. Angela FRS August 18, 2011 at 9:36 AM - Reply

    Or just have dessert instead! Great post.

  36. claudia lamascolo August 18, 2011 at 9:31 AM - Reply

    Brownies RULE!!!

  37. Sommer@ASpicyPerspective August 18, 2011 at 9:03 AM - Reply

    Hey girlie, I’ve got brownies on my site too! How about we load up a shoebox and swap. ;)

    • Kate@Diethood August 18, 2011 at 12:23 PM - Reply

      DEAL!! I’d LOVE to eat a batch of your creation!!!

  38. Lolly's Sweet Treats August 18, 2011 at 8:28 AM - Reply

    I think baking has to be good for your health too- tack on another 5 days to your life expectancy ;)
    These brownies look wonderful and must be the perfect treat for a chocoholic!

  39. Parsley Sage August 18, 2011 at 7:23 AM - Reply

    And that’s why I don’t have cable :)

    LOVELY brownies. I want to drown in them.

  40. Liz August 18, 2011 at 6:54 AM - Reply

    Yeah, I’ve never gotten sick off a brownie! And isn’t chocolate good for you ;)

  41. sawsan@chef in disguise August 18, 2011 at 5:12 AM - Reply

    That is why you can never go wrong with dessert :)

  42. Hester aka The Chef Doc August 18, 2011 at 2:44 AM - Reply

    Hi Kate,

    As I was thinking about what I need to pack for my cooking/baking date with my cousin, I realized I never made your brownies. So, I’m off to make these but, I think you’re missing the egg addition in your directions. I was wondering if I misread it but, you don’t mention when to add the eggs so I’m going to assume it’s with the other wet ingredients? Please confirm this. Thanks so much :-) I’ll do a post on this!

    • Kate@Diethood August 18, 2011 at 8:46 AM - Reply

      Fixed! Thank you for catching that, Hester! xoxo

  43. Tina (PinayInTexas) August 18, 2011 at 12:28 AM - Reply

    Stunning brownies, Kate! As long as I have those, I wouldn’t worry about anything! :)

  44. Sandra August 18, 2011 at 12:11 AM - Reply

    Yummy brownies Kate, guess we were thinking alike today. I say we eat brownies while watching the news. At least we’ll enjoy part of it!

  45. Anne@frommysweetheart August 17, 2011 at 11:51 PM - Reply

    Kate! These brownies are beautiful! I heard that piece today that only 15 minutes of exercise will increase longevity. But I don’t know. I think I’d rather believe in the power of dark chocolate that you used to creative these beauties! (Wonderful photo, too!) : )

  46. Marsha @ The Harried Cook August 17, 2011 at 9:48 PM - Reply

    LOL :D I read that study just a few days ago myself, and I have resigned myself to the fact that my TVs going to kill me. But I love the way you think :) I hope the genius research people see this post and answer the question… the brownies look incredible! And the nuts on top are perfect! Thanks for sharing :)

  47. Kathy Howe August 17, 2011 at 8:51 PM - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the brownie recipe and the interesting facts as well.
    I guess I should limit my TV viewing!

  48. Evan Thomas August 17, 2011 at 8:19 PM - Reply

    Good Lord these look delicious. Nuts on top are the perfect touch to any brownies.

  49. Curt August 17, 2011 at 7:29 PM - Reply

    Sounds weird, but I love brownies with nuts on them. A brownie without nuts isn’t a brownie at all. Like pizza without peppperoni.

    • Kate@Diethood August 17, 2011 at 10:09 PM - Reply

      Curt, I’m so with you on that!! I can’t have a brownie without nuts. Then it’s just a cake. :)

  50. Michelle August 17, 2011 at 7:21 PM - Reply

    These chocolate brownies look AWESOME!

  51. janet@fromcupcakestocaviar August 17, 2011 at 7:20 PM - Reply

    Kate, just wait till next week. Then “they” will tell you that everything that was bad for you last week is now good for you and everything that ws good for you is now bad. :-D

    But bad or good, I want those brownies. Before I lose any more minutes off of my life.

  52. Cassie @ Bake Your Day August 17, 2011 at 6:32 PM - Reply

    I love dessert first, yes!! These look so decadent. I love making brownies from scratch, yours look so delicious!

  53. Lindsey@Lindselicious August 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM - Reply

    Oh deng, I watch way too much TV. Is the same said about the Internet too? I volunteer to conduct a study on if I eat one of these brownies a day, if it motivates you to work out for 30 minutes a day as well. These look so good!

  54. Happy When Not Hungry August 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM - Reply

    WOW! My mouth is watering. These look perfect!

  55. kankana August 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    I shouldn’t crave for those .. no I shouldn’t! By the way if i add white chocolate will I still call it brownie ?
    They looks so damn perfect!

  56. Claudia August 17, 2011 at 5:33 PM - Reply

    Does stirring count as exercise? Then, I’m in. And I’d love to stir myself to 3 extra years of life with those delicious brownies!

  57. Kelly August 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM - Reply

    I can always expect to find scrumptious things when I stopped by here. Yum!!

  58. Val August 17, 2011 at 3:48 PM - Reply

    I think this study refers to the real couch potato’s who spend all day in front of the telly. For those of us that do other things as well as watch T.V. (with some sport in there somewhere) then I don’t think we have anything to worry about. I do totally agree with eating dessert first though!

  59. Juliana August 17, 2011 at 3:30 PM - Reply

    Kate, this brownie look so good, love the dark color and the texture of it…almost creamy.
    Hope you are having a great week :-)

  60. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts August 17, 2011 at 3:13 PM - Reply

    I will take a brownie! I hate the news! It is always bad, and it is always changing. Reality and junkie celebrity news is at least entertaining!

  61. Hester aka The Chef Doc August 17, 2011 at 3:02 PM - Reply

    Kate, these look sooooooo moist and delicious! And they’re from scratch! I love you! I’ve never made brownies before but this recipe looks so easy! Totally going to make some later so that I can bring them over for my cooking/baking date with Emmy tomorrow :-)

  62. Junia @ Mis Pensamientos August 17, 2011 at 2:46 PM - Reply

    ahhh these double chocolate brownies look decadent… who ate these all??? :D

  63. Tina@flourtrader August 17, 2011 at 12:56 PM - Reply

    Ooh these look like a chocoholics dream! By the looks of the picture it is a dream come true. Thanks for sharing this special treat-Yum!

  64. Alida August 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM - Reply

    I’m always looking for an excuse to have dessert first (or instead)! Beautiful photos of what looks like an incredible treat.

  65. Kelly August 17, 2011 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    These look absolutely delicious and your pictures are gorgeous as always! Love this! :)

  66. Steph@stephsbitebybite August 17, 2011 at 11:43 AM - Reply

    I’m just gonna say that you should feel proud to only watch 5 hours or Reality TV a week, my number is much higher. And these brownies are going to my TV watching partner!

  67. Celia August 17, 2011 at 11:24 AM - Reply

    “Life is short, have another brownie”? That’s totally a philosophy I can get behind…especially with fudgy, extra-chocolate brownies like these…

  68. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. August 17, 2011 at 11:04 AM - Reply

    Haha! Great post! That’s good to know about the 15 minutes of exercise because I woke up late today and that was all I had time for! Though, I watch way too much Bravo, so I might be in trouble there! Btw, those brownies look SO good! I’m a brownie fanatic!

  69. Tiffany August 17, 2011 at 9:54 AM - Reply

    You can gain that time back by eating brownies! :D

  70. Lori August 17, 2011 at 9:32 AM - Reply

    Mmmmm…..Brownies…..double chocolate…..*wipes drool from keyboard*….Now what if you exercise during the comercials of your reality shows….will that cancel each other out? Just curious! Brownies are fantastic!

  71. Yuri August 17, 2011 at 9:15 AM - Reply

    I just tweeted the 15min-of-exercise-a-day link :) thank God I don’t watch TV, just the occasional CSI and of course TrueBlood… These brownies look delicious, I use the same recipe to make brownies but will try this one next time I crave them :)

  72. Kristy August 17, 2011 at 9:08 AM - Reply

    I made my son double chocolate cookies for his birthday party and he was in heaven. These might absolutely blow his mind. ;)

  73. RavieNomNoms August 17, 2011 at 8:50 AM - Reply

    You had me at double chocolate! These look fantastic…really really reallllly fantastic. I have such a soft spot for brownies

  74. Since I think chasing a 5 year-old all day counts of exercise, I guess I’m going to live forever. Those studies always crack me up. First eggs will kill you; then they’re the healthiest thing you can eat; then they’ll kill you with cholesterol. It never ends.

    If these weren’t chocolate (double, no less), I’d be all over them. :)

  75. Claudie August 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM - Reply

    You just made me laugh :) I’d like to know the answers to the questions you asked too, I wonder how they’ll combine the results together hehe.
    As for the brownies: yum! I love this recipe. I’d have the dessert first, no matter what happens to beef :P (Though I have to say, I’m sick of seeing everything being recalled because of e. coli… it happens way too often!)

  76. Julie @ Sugarfoot Eats August 17, 2011 at 7:14 AM - Reply

    Oh no! I watch a ton of reality TV too. Maybe we should jog in place while we watch it!!

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