Friday, January 15, 2021

Home Eat & Drink Mary's Recipe: My Sister's Shortbread

Mary's Recipe: My Sister's Shortbread


My sister, a chef, just finished making shortbread for 115 people when she dropped by to see me and my parents, so she gave me the recipe the ingredients for which were dusted all over her black chef’s pants. You’ll want to make this often. Here ’tis:


1 pound of butter, at room temp
1 cup powdered sugar
2 cups flour
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsps. vanilla
pinch of salt


Mix all ingredients until smooth.

(If you want, and Helen did, you can divide the dough in 3 parts and make each one differently. Like 1/3 cup currants in one part, and 1 Tbsp almond paste—broken up in a food processor with some almond slices—in another part and 1/4 cup chopped candied ginger in the third part.)

Put the dough into a 9 x 13″ lightly greased pan. (Or refrigerate it and roll it out later.)

Smooth the dough out so it’s even and level.

Score it into serving portions with a sharp knife.

Bake it at 325 for about 30 minutes, until lightly golden. It will not necessarily be firm.

When it’s done and still warm, re-cut on the scored lines.When fully cool, remove from pan.

Give’em to your neighbors, give’em to teachers, eat’em yourself with a nice glass of good whiskey.

-Mary Brown Malouf

Our Jan/Feb issue is out on stands now! This issue means so much to us. Made with lots of love and tears. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it. ❤️ ...

Here's one from our upcoming Jan/Feb issue out on stands in just a few days. We hope you’ll grab a copy and enjoy every moment of reading it.⁠

Mary photobombs Lisa Barlow at the premiere party for Real Housewives of Salt Lake. Below is a snippet from Mary's last editor's letter:⁠

"It’s all a little crazy.⁠
Sometime in 2020, the world stopped making sense for a lot of us. Between one of the ugliest election cycles the U.S. has ever been through and the most mysterious disease most of us have ever experienced, normal was canceled. We can’t get together with friends, hug our loved ones, be in the room with them when they die. But somehow we have to go on, right? Somehow we have to continue to work and love and laugh. This issue of Salt Lake magazine holds a lot of frivolity, the main one being an extremely silly TV show, The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City. There I am in a pink fur coat in a car with our cover housewife, Lisa Barlow and her boys."⁠

Pick up our Jan/Feb issue at your local grocer and read the full letter. ❤️

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We love you so much, Salt Lake ❤️⁠

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Be merry, be bright and be good for goodness sake! ✨

Skip the milk and cookies this holiday and leave out something that Santa really wants 🍺😉🎅⁠

Check out our local holiday beer round up for last minute gift ideas! Link in bio!

Mary's last-minute holiday gift ideas from last year are still as true and relevant today...⁠

"The planet we live with and the creatures on it need all kinds of things. Polar bears need presents, tree frogs in the Amazon need gifts, our Utah canyons and our national parks need help."⁠

Check the link in bio for full write up.

There was never a time there wasn’t Mary Malouf. Until now. Today, Mary died when a rogue wave swept her out to sea off the coast of Northern California. Only she – perhaps the world’s foremost lover of Bronte, BBC mysteries and, of course, Moby Dick – would appreciate such poetic drama.

“I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, I'll go to it laughing.” — Mary Brown Malouf. Ooops. Herman Mellville.