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National Cream Cheese Brownie Day!

Today is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day.  This day is observed annually on February 10th.

Who doesn’t love brownies? Brownies are my all-time favorite easy snack to bake and today is dedicated to a special type of brownie.  These brownies are combined with cream cheese, a double whammy deliciousness. It is like eating a chocolate fudge but creamier, and just perfect for the Valentine season.

Cream Cheese Brownie is just divine, a combination of sweet and tangy flavors, making you more hungry for a second serving and eat all of it.  We all know that brownies are an American favorite cookie bar.  I am a chocolate lover, and these cream cheese brownies have satisfied my cravings many times, and thanks to Betty Crockers’ recipe I was able to make it at home.

A dessert called “brownies” have been around since the 1800s, the cake-like confection we know and love today can be traced back to 1906. Culinary historians credit The Boston Cooking-School Cook Book with the first published recipe for the modern brownie, but this early recipe was far less chocolatey than what we’re accustomed to nowadays. It only called for two squares of baking chocolate!

Today there are hundreds of different brownie recipes. Many incorporate interesting add-ins like peanut butter, walnuts, caramel, peppermint, banana, or (of course) cream cheese.

So, today celebrate National Cream Cheese Brownie Day by enjoying the sweet, rich, and creamy flavors of a cream cheese brownie!  Share your recipes on social media using #CreamCheeseBrownieDay.

2014 Iconic child star Shirley Temple dies at 85

On February 10, 2014, Shirley Temple Black, who as a child in the 1930s became one of Hollywood’s most successful stars, dies at her Woodside, California, home at age 85. The plucky, curly-haired performer sang, danced and acted in dozens of films by the time she was a teen; as an adult, she gave up making movies and served as a U.S. diplomat.

Born on April 23, 1928, in Santa Monica, California, Temple began taking dance lessons when she was three. In 1932, she was discovered by an agent and cast in a series of short films called “Baby Burlesks.” Her career took off in 1934, when she appeared in the film “Stand Up and Cheer” then went on to star in such movies as “Little Miss Marker” (1934), in which she played a girl left with a bookie as an IOU for her father’s bet on a horse; “Bright Eyes” (1934), which featured her signature song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”; “The Little Colonel” (1935), the first of four films she made with African-American entertainer Bill “Bojangles” Robinson; and “Curly Top” (1935), which included another one of her hit songs, “Animal Crackers in My Soup.”

With America in the midst of the Great Depression, Temple’s sunny optimism lifted the spirits of movie audiences and helped make her the nation’s top box-office draw during the second half of the 1930s. (President Franklin Roosevelt once proclaimed, “As long as our country has Shirley Temple, we will be all right.”) Among Temple’s other films credits from this era are “Heidi” (1937), “Wee Willie Winkie” (1937) and “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm” (1938).

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