Am I alone in feeling like bridge parties and bridge nights should come back? Let me just make a case… you get together regularly with friends to play cards, you have a cocktail, eat some little sandwiches with the crusts cut off, eat some delicious squares and have coffee. Where is the downside to that?
OK, so the only drawback to the whole scenario might be the actual bridge part, but let’s say you substitute any card game instead. Poker, Hearts, Euchre or if you’re from Nova Scotia you could play Forty Fives aka Auction.
A lot of my Mom’s cookbook (which I’ve written about before here) is dedicated to squares. Those lovely, tasty little bites that we were never allowed to sample other than the edges that she cut off so as to have a prettier presentation for bridge night. I have fond memories of Mrs. Bishop’s Squares, Honeymoon Squares and Pineapple Orange Squares but the granddaddy, the most favourite of all squares were these Cream Cheese Brownies with Maraschino cherries.
I think there’s a reason why book clubs have become so popular – they have replaced the card party. Right here I’m starting a social movement to bring back the card party.
You can find out a whole lot about a person by how they handle a rough game of cribbage.
Cream Cheese Brownies
- 1/2 cup cream cheese
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1/2 cup Maraschino cherries chopped
Beat cheese and egg well. Blend in sugar and flour. Stir in cherries. Set aside.
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup cocoa
- 1/2 tsp salt
Beat the eggs well, add the sugar, flour and salt. Melt the butter and mix in the cocoa. Add to batter and stir. Spread about 2/3 of this mixture in an 8 x 8 inch pan. Carefully spread the cheese mixture on top. Cover with the rest of the chocolate mixture note the cheese mixture will not be completely covered. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes.