Bridge Night Squares | squares

cream cheese brownies

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.

 

New Year’s Party playlist | New Year’s Playlist

Happy New Year! Anyone left standing? The only way to make it to midnight and not have the party fizzle out is to keep things lively. The music below should help with that.

Hogmanay playlist

1. The Barra MacNeils Haven’t Got a Care

2. Matt Mays Queen of Portland Street

3. David Myles So Blind

4. The Stanfields The Dirtiest Drunk

5. Two Hours Traffic Heros of the Sidewalk

6. Paper Lions Travelling

7. Old Man Luedecke Baby, We’d Be Rich

8. George Canyon Drinkin’ Thinkin’

9. David Myles How’d I Ever Think I Loved You

 

For the big finish at the critical point, either of the two versions of Auld Lang Syne from below would be perfect.

1. The Barra MacNeils Auld Lang Syne

2. Matt Andersen Auld Lang Syne

 

And because we all like to sing along:

 

Should old acquaintance be forgot
And never brought to mind
Should all acquaintance be forgot
And auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

And surely you will buy your cup
And surely I’ll buy mine
And we’ll take a cup o’kindness yet
For auld lang syne

We too have run around the slopes
And picked the daisies fine
We’ve londoned many weary foot
Since auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne

We too have paddled in the stream
From morning sun to night
But the seas between us broad have roared
From auld lang syne

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup o’kindness yet
For auld langs syne