I am so behind the times. I don’t read off a Kindle (give me real books any day). I don’t watch TV on my computer (that’s what the giant TV is for). And I don’t listen to podcasts. I should say I didn’t. I’m too busy to add podcasts to the list of things to make time for and it’s not exactly convenient to listen to them.
But then I was introduced to The West Wing Weekly. I grew up practically living and dying by The West Wing. It was my favorite show. I couldn’t miss it and watched repeats regularly, so much so that there are some episodes I know many of the lines to.
I hadn’t seen it in years, but when I heard about the podcast, hosted by Joshua Malina from TWW and Scandal and Hrishikesh Hirway, I knew I had to listen, and in doing so I wanted to watch the episodes again. So one by one, though I am a couple months behind currently, I watch an episode of TWW and then listen to the corresponding episode of the podcast.
I must admit that some of the episodes have withstood the test of time better than others. It’s hard to compete with the shows today that push the line with every single opportunity. The acting is still superb and many of the lines are memorable.
What’s the best part though is then listening to the podcast, thinking about the show in different ways, hearing from the cast and crew. Behind the scenes tidbits and new perspectives are the best and allow me to see the show in different ways.
I now also see blondies in a different way because I took blondies and combined them with pie. You guys, pie and blondies, blondies and pie all in one dish. Cherry Pie Blondies are the bomb, so good in fact, they just might be better than TWW.
A chewy blondie is mixed with pie crust cookies sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. If you have extra pie dough on hand, roll it out, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, and bake until crispy and golden. If not, make a batch or buy some at the store. I won’t tell. Then I added super rich and flavorful Luxardo maraschino cherries that are so much better than the neon ones that are so typical.
Make a batch of blondies, watch TWW, and listen to the podcast. It’s a cozy winter day of perfection.Print
- 1 ½ sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup packed light brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup baked pie crust crumbles or cookies
- 18 Luxardo maraschino cherries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 inch square pan generously.
- In a large bowl, cream the butter, vanilla, and sugars until light and fluffy. I did this by hand but a hand or stand mixer will work too. Beat in the eggs one at a time followed by the flour. Fold in the pie crust crumbles and pour into the prepared pan.
- Smooth the batter into an even layer and press the cherries into the batter wherever you want them, covering them with the batter as much as possible. Drizzle any leftover liquid from the cherries over the top of the batter.
- Bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Serve warm or cool completely in the pan. Blondies may be stored in an airtight container for up to 5 days or frozen, wrapped in parchment and foil and placed in a zipper bag for up to 3 months. Thaw at room temperature a couple hours.
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