Labor Day Weekend is coming up and there is no better way to savor the fleeting summer sunshine than with a delicious cookout. Whether you are hosting your own BBQ or bringing your signature dish to a friend’s house, it is important that you follow food safety guidelines. This is part 5 of a week-long series that will look at common food poisoning culprits, easy ways to avoid them, and tasty recipes that you can safely and confidently serve to your friends and family


Earlier this week, we looked at common food poisoning culprits and easy ways to avoid them.  Now that we are armed with the proper techniques, it is time to put them to good use.  Since there is no better way to end a meal, we will finish the week with a delicious dessert that you can safely and confidently serve to your family and friends with Labor Day weekend.

This recipe for Brownies is from Cooking Light.  It makes 16 squares.


  • 4.5 ounces all-purpose flour (1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoaFood Safety Blog Post 5
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup 1% low-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 large egg
  • Cooking spray



  1. Clean your hands and all surfaces and utensils before beginning.
  2. Preheat oven to 350˚F. 
  3. Place butter and chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl, and microwave at HIGH for 45 seconds, stirring every 15 seconds. 
  4. Stir until smooth, and set aside. Cool slightly. 
  5. Add 1 cup sugar, milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, egg yolks, and egg; stir with a whisk to combine.
  6. Add butter mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. 
  7. Pour batter into an 8-inch square metal baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  8. Do not consume raw dough.
  9. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out almost clean.
  10. Clean anything that came into contact with the raw eggs, including your hands.

For more information on foodborne illness, contact the Boston Public Health Commission at (617) 534-5611 or visit our website.


Rachel Bocchino is the IDB Social Media Outreach Intern for STI Education.  She attends the College of the Holy Cross, is a Classics Major/Chemistry Minor and in the Pre-Health Program.  She will graduate in 2014.