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Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake August 19, 2010

Filed under: Desserts,The Herald Columns — lindsayrose @ 2:38 am

The brain of a woman doesn’t always make all that much sense.  I am aware of that and happy to admit it.  It is good, however, to have confirmation that your brain isn’t the only one that works in a dysfunctional sort of a way.

Over the past few months Ross has started working out.  While I know that should make me happy and proud of him, it has frustrated me.  I have tried to figure out why I had this underlying feeling of bitterness when he talks about working out, but I haven’t been able to make sense of it in my head.  Similarly, when I go to put a dab of butter in the vegetables at dinner, he’ll ask to serve his before I add the butter.  While I know I should be proud of him for being healthy (and maybe go ahead and skip the butter myself), it just brings up those same feelings of frustration.  Then, like women do, I get frustrated at myself for being frustrated.  Which means I am just a big ol’ mess.

A few weeks ago while taking a day trip for work, I tuned into a morning radio show.  A man called in explaining that he had been working out and was in the best shape of his life.  Much to his dismay, instead of being excited for him, his wife was annoyed with him.  The female host of the show explained that while it doesn’t make sense, when the man in the relationship is taking better care of himself, it automatically makes us feel guilty for not doing so.  We then tend to express this in frustration and/or anger.  While it sure sounds ridiculous when you hear someone else talk about it, I felt better knowing that I wasn’t the only crazy one out there!  Maybe I’m normal after all!

Since I have no interest in starting a workout regime at this point, or to cut out desserts, I’ve got to try to convert Ross to my unhealthy lifestyle instead of the other way around.  It’s hard to get him to eat desserts, but I can usually tempt him with a cheesecake.  Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake is a delicious, refreshing treat.  And, since it has fruit in it, it’s healthy.  It’s easy to make and if you really work that mixer, you can get a good arm workout in while you’re preparing it!

Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

1 ready crust chocolate pie crust (6 ounces)

6 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk

1 egg

3 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Preheat oven to 350.  With a mixer, beat cream cheese until fluffy; gradually beat in condensed milk until smooth.  Add egg, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well.  Arrange raspberries on bottom of ready crust.  Pour cheese mixture over fruit.  Bake 30-35 minutes or until center is almost set.  Cool, top with chocolate glaze.  Chill.

Chocolate Glaze

In small saucepan over low heat, melt 2 (1 ounce each) squares semi-sweet baking chocolate with ¼ cup whipping cream.  Cook and stir until thickened and smooth.  Remove from heat.

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Sweet Sunday July 19, 2010

Filed under: Baking,Crock Pot,Desserts — lindsayrose @ 3:37 am

Sunday always has that double-edged sword feel to it.  I try so hard not to spend Sunday thinking about all that lies ahead of me for the coming week.  I try to spend my week being sure that I am caught up, so that I don’t have to spend all day Sunday catching up – feeling as though I am losing a whole day of my weekend.  Cleaning bathrooms, dusting, grocery shopping, folding laundry – not my favorite ways to spend one of my two days per week off.

Today, my in-laws came over for lunch.  I wanted to enjoy the time that we had over the weekend and not feel as though we were running around like crazy trying to get our lives in order and trying to get everything ready for both the day AND the week ahead – I wanted it to be enjoyable, not stressful.  I found a quick and easy recipe to make for lunch, slow cooker pulled pork.  We made baked beans and my mother and father in law brought corn on the cob.  It was all pretty tasty, and took about 10 minutes to throw together on Sunday morning.

For dessert, I tried a new cake.  I found the recipe for Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cake and thought it sounded worth a try.  Well, everyone agreed that it was delicious – even Ross who is not a dessert lover (crazy man).  We served it with a scoop of coffee ice cream, and the flavors went together really well.  Some of the reviews mentioned adding cinnamon, which I intended to do but forgot.  It would be good, but isn’t necessary – it is super tasty just like this.  In fact, I think I am going to go get another piece right now…

 

Catching Up January 30, 2009

Filed under: Comfort Foods,Crock Pot,Desserts,Entrees,Life,Products,Soups,Vegetarian — lindsayrose @ 4:03 am

I am supposed to be doing work right now, but I am really not interested so I figured it would be a good time to catch up on my blog. 

 

We’ve had some very random meals lately.  Many were not at all bad, but just not really worth mentioning.  Here are some of the highlights (some good and some not so good).

  • Chicken Pot Pie.   I originally wrote about this recipe in this post.  I love this recipe.  The thyme is very tasty and the wine adds a very nice flavor.  I made this one day last week when we were stuck home in the snow.  I decided to switch it up in a few ways.  First, I made it in the crock pot.  I made up the sauce on the stovetop and poured it over 2 large chicken breasts in the crock pot.  I added carrots, celery and onions and cooked it on low for about 6 hours.  Once the chicken was cooked through, I removed it from the crock pot and shredded it up with a fork. While I was shredding, I added a cup of frozen peas to the sauce in the crock pot and let them heat through.  I mixed the chicken back in with the sauce and put it in an 8×8 baking dish.  Now – here comes the special trick that made it extra tasty –  a few Sunday’s ago, Ross made homemade biscuits for breakfast.  He makes awesome biscuits and I always beg him to make them for me.  I think this was the second time, so hey, I can count on them once every couple of years or so.  Anyway, he froze extra dough.  I thawed it out and rolled it into an 8×8 square.  I placed it on top of the chicken mixture and baked it at 350 for about 25 minutes.  It was awesome.  I don’t know his recipe for biscuits, but any recipe would work.  It is much tastier than a pie crust, I  promise you that!
  • Tonight, we had another crock pot meal (I’ve been on a crock pot roll lately).  I was in a hurry this morning, so I just put some chicken in there and poured Lawry’s Caribbean Jerk marinade over it.  It was horrible.  I hardly ate any.  It was the saltiest stuff ever, so salty that I couldn’t even taste any of the flavor of the sauce.  I will definitely never buy that again, or probably any Lawry’s marinade.  It was that bad. 
  • In addition to the chicken (thank goodness we had something else with it) we had a Southwestern Corn Chowder.  I didn’t make it; this one came in a box.  Yes, a box.  It was a V8 soup.  Who knew V8 made soups?  I don’t think I could force myself to drink a V8 juice, but soup I could try.  It was great!  As advertised on the box (looks like an overgrown juice box) there is a full serving of veggies inside.  That along with a great flavor and hearty, thick texture, you can’t go wrong!  Apparently there are several other flavors.  I want to try the Butternut Squash and the Garden Broccoli!

  •   I have one other random note, and I add this only  because Amy Burns of Amy’s Confection Company isn’t making cakes so much as her other sweet treats anymore.  After finding out that Amy couldn’t make my wedding cake, I went on a long and difficult search for someone to do the job.  We ended up going with Once in a Blue Moon Bakery in Cary.  I am pretty sure that other than “congratulations”, the comment I heard most on my wedding was “where did you get that amazing cake?”  Not only did it look beautiful, but it was the best tasting cake I have ever had (again, only saying this because I’ve never tasted one of Amy’s!).  I mention this because I just ordered another cake from there for a gathering I have this weekend.  I ordered the same flavor as my wedding cake, chocolate with hazelnut mousse and cream cheese frosting.  I can’t wait to eat it.  They are also super cool because you can place your order online if you do it 72 hours in advance.  If you ever need a great cake for a special event, I highly recommend them!  They also have a really cute little cafe where they offer breakfast treats,  lunches and other sweet treats.  Check them out!

This isn’t the best picture of our cake, but it was the most convenient one for me to put here. 

OK, now I am off to go do my work!  Yay for tomorrow being Friday!!!

 

Birthday Party January 3, 2009

Filed under: Desserts,Entrees,Family,Life,Products — lindsayrose @ 6:20 pm

My sister’s birthday was last Monday, but we didn’t get to celebrate with her until last night.  She offered to make dinner as long as I brought her a chocolate birthday cake.  Kara loves chocolate, and she loves brownies.  So I started by just googling chocolate brownie cake.  Well, what I found Kara and I have decided to call Chocolate Butter Brownie instead.  Any recipe that calls for butter in terms of pounds rather than tablespoons is a bit scary… and automatically delicious.  It really just calls for 1/2 lb, which is 2 sticks, but when you say it in terms of pounds it just sounds like more.  Plus, there is an additional stick in the frosting.  And a pound of confectioners sugar.  And a brick of cream cheese.  Wow.  The recipe for Chocolate Brownie Cake is from Emeril and is definitely worth a try.  It isn’t too hard to make and tastes great.  The frosting recipe is a good one to keep on hand, it is a great chocolate buttercream frosting that could be used for anything, not just this cake recipe.

 

For our main course, Kara made fried black bean cakes which were awesome.  Just as great was the cilantro cream sauce she made to go along with them.  We also had Mexican pie (not sure what it’s really called, but that is what I call it) which is just layered tortillas, refried beans, salsa and cheese put in a pie plate and  baked in the oven. SO good.  We were stuffed!

 

Before dinner, Kara’s boyfriend Mark tested out a theory.  He wanted to prove that wine tasted differently after breathing.  He set up a pretty high tech tasting where we each got 4 mini glasses of wine, 2 had breathed and 2 hadn’t.  We had to match up the 2 that were the same, determine which ones had breathed and determine which ones we liked better.  I was surprised at what a difference there was.  I wasn’t surprised that I totally messed mine up.  I had to taste about 2 million times and eat 48 crackers in between to try to figure it all out.  I ended up having them not even matched up, I got so confused, but it was fun and I learned that for even an unsophisticated palate such as mine, there is a definite difference and it does taste much better after breathing.  It was fun!

 

After dinner, we played a new game that Ross’ sister Lara gave us for Christmas.  Smartass is the name of the game, and as advertised on the box, you can win even if you are a dumbass!  We actually played it twice, and had a ton of fun.  Nights with Kara and Mark are always some of our favorites. 

 

As a side note, I must add that one of my many wonderful Christmas gifts this year was a Slanket.  A Slanket is a blanket with sleeves.  Best. Invention. Ever.  I am sitting here typing on my laptop and my entirebody is warm, not just my lower half.  I am covered in blanket from neck to toe and all the way down to my wrists.  I can play the Wii and stay warm, and I can lay on the couch and read a book, reach for my coffee, the remote or the phone and not have to suffer through that terrible cold breeze that comes when you have to pull your arm out from under the blanket to do any of those things.  It’s great!  I still have my piles of regular blankets everywhere else in the house that are perfect for sleeping and laying around, but this one is a nice addition to use when you want to be warm, but need to be doing something at the same time!

 

 

Sugar Cookie Pops! December 14, 2008

Filed under: Desserts — lindsayrose @ 4:45 pm

Tonight, my sister Kara is hosting a cookie exchange at her house.  I am super excited because I have never participated in a cookie exchange before.  Everyone is bringing 4 dozen of one type of cookie and we will all go home with a big variety of cookies to share with family and friends. 

 

I really searched to find a recipe for this.  I wanted to find something that was holiday-ish (not just an everyday sort of cookie, but something special), tasted good, and was cute.  I don’t know why, but I really wanted my cookies to look cute.  I think it is because I have a complex about my cookies always being flat with craters in them and it makes me so frustrated. 

 

I found the recipe for Sugar Cookie Pops in my Southern Living Christmas 2007 cookbook.  They seemed easy, inexpensive to make, and they were definitely cute.  Sugar cookies coated in different sprinkles sitting atop a stick, made to look just like a lollipop!

 

I love these . They taste good, but mostly they are just cute and fun.  Here are some pics Ross took while I was working on them this morning!

 

These were pretty easy to make.  Once I mixed everything together, I just let them chill for awhile, rolled them into balls before I went to bed last night, and this morning I just rolled them in the sprinkles and baked them. 

 

I can’t wait to come home with a whole bunch of tasty treats!

 

You Must Try November 9, 2008

Filed under: Desserts,Products — lindsayrose @ 1:36 pm

Limited Edition Old Fashioned Candy Cane Creme Oreos. 

 

Oh my goodness.  These are so tasty.  They look just like regular Oreos (the package has a candy cane on it) but they have just the right amount of peppermint flavor.  Not too overwhelming, but just enough to make it so delicious.

 

I am thinking of making Ice Cream Cake with these Oreos and vanilla ice cream as a holiday treat.

 

One of my other favorite treats from childhood was my Dad’s milkshakes.  In first grade, my class came up with a class cookbook as a gift for our parents.  We had to include our favorite recipe that our parents made.  My mom made homemade meals every night, always something new and delicious.  However, for my favorite recipe from home for this cookbook, I chose my Dad’s milkshakes!  Poor Mom.

 

Anyway, I think milkshakes would be awesome with these Oreos, too.  Put some vanilla ice cream in the blender, add a few Oreos, some vanilla (or some peppermint extract, depending on how pepperminty you wanted them to be) and a bit of milk and you’ve got a tasty treat.  You could even add red food coloring to make it festive.  Hey, if you really  wanted to impress, you could make  a red batch and a white batch and layer them in a glass to look like a candy cane!  Whoa.

 

Hot Fudge Cake October 30, 2008

Filed under: Desserts,Kitchen Products — lindsayrose @ 1:29 am

This is one of my favorite “I need chocolate and I need it now” recipes. 

 

When I first moved to NC and lived on my own for the first time in my life, I found myself craving chocolate badly one night, but didn’t have the dorm stash of junk that I was used to and didn’t have Mom’s home baked desserts always waiting on the counter.  I also didn’t have eggs.  I started searching the labels of the baking ingredients in my apartment for a recipe I could make without going to the grocery store late at night.  I found the recipe for Hot Fudge Cake on the inside of the Hershey’s cocoa label.  (I find it hilarious now to think of myself alone in my tiny apartment tearing apart labels at 10 pm trying to find a recipe I could make with chocolate and without eggs.  I must have really been in a rough spot that night). 

 

Well, as we were sitting here tonight playing the Wii, I felt a strong need for some chocolate and I knew I wanted this cake.  It is quick and easy and soooooo good.  It is very much like Molten Lava Cake that some random restaurant serves.  But better, of course, because it is homemade.   It ends up being like a homemade chocolate brownie/cake with a hot pudding like goo running through it. Sounds gross yet delicious at the same time, right? It is best served with vanilla ice cream, but is also good with homemade whipped cream, which is what I am about to make while this bakes in the oven.

 

Hot Fudge Cake

1 c flour

3/4 c sugar

6 T cocoa (divided)

2 t baking powder

1/4 t salt

1/2 c milk

2 T vegetable oil

1 t vanilla

1 c brown sugar

1 3/4 c hot water

 

Combine flour, white sugar, 2 T cocoa, baking powder and salt.  Stir in milk, oil and vanilla until smooth (I stir this together right in the 8×8 pan that I bake it in to save washing a bowl).  Spread in ungreased pan. 

Combine brown sugar and remaining 4 T cocoa.  Sprinkle over batter.  Pour hot water over all.  

Bake at 375 35-40 minutes.

 

Allow to cool, but eat while still warm or re-heat!

 

Also, this is a good time to mention one of my other favorite cooking tools.  This Oxo measuring cup is the coolest ever.

It is slanted so that you can look straight down at it and see how much stuff you have in it.  You don’t have to bend over and get at eye level so that you can make sure you have the right amount.  Call me lazy, but I think that is the best thing ever.  Thanks, Mark!