Tuesday, February 20, 2007

In celebration of the first nap my son has had in 3 days

...and for my poor husband who has been through the wringer a bit lately.

I made these:

They may not look pretty, but holy hell are they good.

I made them up on the fly and have rarely been so please with myself. Maybe not since the time I made homemade macaroni and cheese with 3 different cheeses and cheese filled tortellini.

I started with your classic cheesecrack crust: graham crackers crumbs, butter and sugar, and pressed it into a dozen muffin tins lined with paper.

And then, oh lord, this is where it got really good, in a moment of genius I melted some white chocolate and poured a dollop into the center of each crust:

For the batter, again a very basic cheesecake recipe: cream cheese, eggs & sugar, to which I added a puree of raspberries made with a bit of sugar, lemon juice and almond extract.

After pouring the batter on top of the crust and, ahem, white chocolate, I baked them for about 15 minutes.

(There is probably even a magic way to turn them gluten free ala Ms Melanie, but you'd have to make your own graham crackers. Which she can do. Because she's got fancy flours. A lot of fancy flours.)

Really, I mean GOD these things were good enough to make my son remember every bit of etiquette that we've ever drilled into his head.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

First things first

There are many things that have happened during these silent weeks since the Holy Days, but I will start with this:

Today I am blonde.

And older.

My son woke me up this morning with "Happy birthday, mom! Where's my cake?"

Good question, little man.

Bring on the cake.