This past weekend, my dad was hosting his annual ASTO picnic. Which is silly because ASTO no longer exists, but many years ago I made signs that say "ASTO" with arrows for people to find our house on the Magothy so its still the ASTO picnic. Dad invites his coworkers and the contractors, as well as family friends to the house my great-grandfather built in the 1920s on the river, provides burgers and dogs and shrimp and crabs, and the guests bring drinks and desserts and side dishes. I usually bring a dessert of some sort,and this year I had decided on Baking Bites
' Lime Curd Thumbprint cookies
. I was about to make it, having just returned from the grocery store, when I realized the recipe mentions coarse sugar, though it doesn't list it in the ingredients. I didn't have any and I wasn't going back out. It probably would have been fine, but the first time I do a recipe I don't want to mess with it at all--messing is for the second time! So I decided on brownies.
Saturday morning before the picnic, I started on brownies. I used the last of my sugar, combining all the dry ingredients in my stand mixer's bowl. I had bought eggs, but there were 4 left in my old pack, so I decided to use the old eggs first. Should have cracked them into a separate bowl first, it turns out. They were rotten, and blackish green. The stink was surprisingly subtle at first, then insidiously creeped through the apartment after I threw them out. So no brownies either.
It all turned out fine, as there were enough brownies, blondies, and cookies to satisfy a mob of small children. Next year I'll have to be better prepared!