Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Nigella's cheesecake

We had a special birthday around our house last month, and the requested dessert was a peanut butter and chocolate cheesecake.  Having made my 1st cheescake in April, I was a teensy concerned about the time factor of a Saturday night birthday party and a completed cheesecake.  This recipe, however, came to my rescue.  I did it on Friday night and it was completed before 9 p.m.  Say what!?  Yes, I started it at 7 p.m. and was on the couch watching House Hunters by 9 p.m.!

It turned out delicious, particularly for my PB and C fans. I am not going to call it "light," but it isn't too heavy, either.  I'm a dessert lover, for sure, but the ones that make me fall out of my chair in a sugar coma after one bite? Well, those are not my favorites; I prefer to savor it the entire way through.  This was a deliciously balanced endeavor, and one that I plan to make again.

The recipe is Nigella's, another reliable favorite of mine.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Real Simple's book

Real Simple magazine has a great new book out: Easy, delicous home cooking.  RS's books are always good - clean spreads, ideas to use up extra ingredients, new takes on common ingredients.  Their books are always wonderfully visual, too - a picture for everything (just the way I like it.)

Something I loved in this book was a little visual frosting help.  By just taking various basics (butter, powdered sugar, chocolate, cream and sugar), you have 6 options on hand to choose from!  There is nothing better than homemade frosting.  Nothing.  Start using it and it will change your cake baking life.   I'm very phobic about canned frosting anyway - they all have trans fat, so watch out.

Also included in the cake seciton of this book are basic recipes for chocolate and yellow cake and tips for baking and frosting your cakes.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012


I love guacamole.  Love.  I eat it for lunch a lot at work because it makes me happy and because I consider it healthy. (Yes, avocados have a good amount of fat.  But they grow on trees and are not purchased at McDonald's.  So.)

My go-to recipe is Martha Stewart's.  Here it is:

2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and lightly mashed
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1 jalapeno chile, minced (remove seeds and ribs for less heat)
  • 1 plum tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Coarse salt

  • If I'm in a hurry or don't have an ingredient on hand, guacamole is very adaptable and eater friendly.  I sometimes just use salt and lime juice and I'm still okay, but I'm an avocado fan, so that is easy. 

    Monday, June 4, 2012

    Sweet Potatoes with Rosemary

    Since sweet potatoes are a power-house, by all means, let's eat them more.  Jason made this dish and it was so simple and so, so good!  They're a bit like sweet potato fries, but the insides seem softer, more substantial, and definitely less fried.  The outside is crispy enough for a great taste - rosemary making these really shine.  Does anyone else use garlic salt with as much frequency as us?

    Slice your sweet potatoes and toss in oil (we to use Canola this time).  Lay out on a baking sheet and sprinkle with garlic salt and rosemary.  Bake  @ 350 for 30 minutes, turning at the half-way mark and sprinkling the other side with a pinch of garlic salt and rosemary.

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