Marcona Almond Blondies and August in August

It’s time to get Fancy. My medicine firm this Friday decided to go to brunch after our Friday morning didactics, and we chose to try August, John Besh’s fancy flagship restaurant in New Orleans, chandeliers, champagne, bouquets and all. I was reminded how not fancy I am when en route from the door to the table I was asked by three separate staff members if I wanted to check my moped helmet.

“Oh no it’s fine, I’ll put it under my seat.” “It’s no trouble, I’ll take it.” “Oh don’t bother.” “No, I’m taking it.”

“Okay. Sorry.”

The meal was incredible and obviously each step so labor intensive. I couldn’t pronounce anything, ordered things I could only hope would be foods I liked. The portions for the prix fixe menu were like meager servings of cat food. But oh such Fancy Feast. And in particular, the company was the real treat.

red firm out at august red firm at august august menu

Now I can say in an affected snooty accent, “Oh you simply must go to August in August, dahling.”

August restaurant august chandelier

Speaking of fancy, these blondies are the best. I didn’t know what marcona almonds were, and almost substituted regular almonds but I’m so glad I found marconas. They are fancy and make all the difference. Enjoy enjoy enjoy.


Marcona Almond Blondie and August

Adapted from Food and Wine


2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter, plus more for brushing

3 1/2 cups light brown sugar

5 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup roasted almond butter

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups marcona almonds, chopped (9 ounces)

1 3/4 cups chocolate chips (11 ounces)

blondies marconas

Preheat the oven to 325º. Lightly brush a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan with butter.

In a medium saucepan, cook the 2 1/2 sticks of butter over moderate heat until golden brown, 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and let cool to room temperature, 30 minutes.

Add the sugar, eggs, almond butter, vanilla, salt and cinnamon to the butter and whisk until smooth. Stir in the flour, then fold in 1 1/2 cups of the almonds and 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate chips. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and spread it evenly with an offset or a nonstick spatula. Scatter the remaining 1/2 cup of almonds and 1/4 cup of chocolate chips over the top. Bake for about 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the blondies cool completely before cutting.

blondie pan

Haiku #227 August 15th

A dining room so

lacquered with color and sine

to treat our first guest.

Haiku #228 August 16th

Hours on the porch

with neighbors and lemonade

and only good news.

Haiku #229 August 17th

Those least skilled with vein

stabbing are those assigned to

put lines centrally?

Haiku #230 August 18th

An electronic

medical record improves

with friends, cheese and wine.

Haiku #231 August 19th

The exam table:

both the dunce corner and

an art pedestal.

Haiku #232 August 20th

It has always been

harder for me to write my

day than to live it.

Haiku #233 August 21st

At the Avenue

Pub I was offered sting ray.

Salt leather taffy.

Haiku #234 August 22nd

Birthday for a three

year old in Audubon Park.

Swimsuits and sunshine.

One thought on “Marcona Almond Blondies and August in August

  1. Ooh la la, I love the looks of August! You and your colleagues know how to live 😉 LOL at your cat food and Fancy Feast references! And I too am a believer in Marconas after having tried them in some fancy party food, so delectable (plus the name is fun to say 🙂 )!

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