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What is the best boxed brownie mix?

  • Best Fudgy Brownie Mix Runner-Up
    Betty Crocker Dark Chocolate The "simple chocolate flavor," the "crisp, chewy edges," and the "moist, almost molten middle" made these crowd-pleasers. $2 for a 19.9-ounce box.
  • Best Fudgy Brownie Mix Winner
    Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge The intense flavor prompted one tester to exclaim, "It tastes like my favorite dark chocolate bar, turned into a brownie!" $1.80 for a 19.8-ounce box.
  • Best Cakey Brownie Mix Runner-Up
    Ghirardelli Chocolate Syrup Brownies Testers found the texture to be "exceptionally moist," "spongy," and "crumbly in a good way." And, the flavor was "about as rich as it gets." $2.50 for an 18.75-ounce box.
  • Best Cakey Brownie Mix Winner
    Cherrybrook Kitchen Fudge Brownie The perfect cakelike texture and the dark chocolate flavor was pleasing to adults and kids alike. Contains no trans fats, dairy, eggs or nuts. $5 for a 16-ounce box. Available at Jewel Food, Super Target.

Drusilla's Health and Wellness Recipes
Green Beans with Sweet Red Bell Peppers

June is green bean season. Maybe you call them string beans, or snap beans or pole beans; you will find the best fresh green beans in early summer. Visit the farmers market and buy some.

1½ pounds fresh green beans, trimmed
a cup diced sweet red pepper
4½ teaspoons olive or canola oil
4½ teaspoons water
1½ teaspoons white wine vinegar or cider vinegar
1½ teaspoon spicy brown mustard
¾ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

Place beans and red pepper in a basket over 1 inch of boiling water in a saucepan. Cover and steam for 7–8 minutes or until crisp-tender.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients for the vinaigrette. Transfer bean mixture to a serving bowl; add vinaigrette and toss to coat. Yield: 9 servings.

Nutrition information: One serving (1/2 cup) equals 43 calories, 2 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 207 mg sodium, 5 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Cooking Tips

  • Peppers with three bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
  • Peppers with four bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.
  • Easy Deviled Eggs—Cut eggs in half. Slip out yolks and put in a zip lock bag. Seal bag and mash well. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing until thoroughly mixed, cut a small tip off a corner of the baggy; squeeze mixture into egg. Throw bag away when done for easy clean up.

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