The brownie bites were good, but I think I put too much of the chocolate batter in the minimuffin tins so didn't leave enough room for the cream cheese batter. Pat liked them but thought they could use more cream cheese filling. I think his actual comment was "Are these supposed to have cream cheese in them?"
I have never made (or had) corn chowder before but I think it turned out pretty well. Pat suggested more celery and green onion and less spice. I think more of a savory flavor would have been to our liking. Now that I am over my aversion to soup in the summer time I will hunt up more corn chowder recipes to try. It might have to wait until next summer though, we don't have too much sweet corn left around here.
The fourth new recipe was the banana feather loaf from The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. I plan to attempt this bread again another day so I will save a review for later.
I also canned my fourth batch of pickles from the garden and froze several bags of sweet corn. I think it will be my last batch of dill pickles for the year. If I get more cucumbers I may attempt to make sweet pickles. In the previous three years of canning I have always meant to make a list of what I preserve so here is my list of what I have put up so far this year:
13 - quarts of dill pickles
3 - 1/2 pints of blackberry syrup
3 - 1/2 pints of strawberry syrup
6 - pints of strawberry lemonade syrup
5 - 1/2 pints of lemony strawberry jam
2 - pints of lemony strawberry jam
1 - quart of blackberry brandy
1 - pint of blackberry brandy (I used one full bottle of Korbel brandy)
1 - gallon bag of strawberries
2 - gallon bags of blackberries
10 - 10 oz bags of corn
Remaining from 2011
2 - pints of pickled hot peppers
1 - pint spiced strawberry jam
2 -1/2 pints maple apple pear butter
3 - 4 oz jars balsamic red pepper jelly
4 - quart jars of grape juice
1/4 - gallon bag sliced green peppers
3/4 - gallon bag sliced hot banana peppers