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Jody Hall of Cupcake Royale is heading to Washington D.C., and it’s not to try to woo President Obama away from his Fran’s. Hall wrote in an e-mail that she was one of the small business owners chosen for a roundtable with¬†Nancy-Ann DeParle, Director of the White House Office of Health Care Reform. Hall is making a push for public health insurance, and speaks from the perspective of a small business owner who actually offers it. Here’s some of what she wrote on the CR blog:

We have 51 employees here at Cupcake Royale, and as a company, we spend almost as much on insurance as we do on rent for all three stores. That’s pretty nutty. And if things don’t change, it’ll only get worse. Insurance rates continue to climb, (ours just spiked 40% - neat!) and small business owners are being forced to purchase plans with inadequate coverage, or to drop their policies completely, adding to the millions of already uninsured and underinsured Americans. Those who continue to fork it over to private insurance companies are giving out a good chunk of dough in some pretty tough financial times. Clearly, none of this is good for anyone.

Want to learn more? She’ll be representing this group.

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Starting on Thursday, March 19, I’ll be blogging here with my usual mix of food news, interviews, and recipes. If you’d like to reach me in the meantime, please e-mail me or drop me a line.¬†

And, if you were just coming for my mom’s brownies, I don’t think she’d mind me sharing them here. I believe she originally found the recipe in a fund-raising cookbook from Delaware, my home state:

Mom’s Senate Brownies
2 sticks butter
4 squares unsweetened chocolate
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
1 1/2 cups walnuts
6 ounces chocolate chips

Melt butter and chocolate in saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat.

Stir in sugar until combined.

Add eggs, 1 at a time.

Stir in vanilla, flour, and one cup walnuts.

Spread in greased 9×13-inch baking pan

Top with 1/2 cup walnuts and chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

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