Sunday, January 13, 2013

#39 Cheesecake

a birthday cake for David
#39. Cheesecake

Chevre Cheesecake with Poached Cherries
Serves: one small tart pan
Preheat: 350
Cheesecake Mix
    5 ounces goat cheese
    1/2 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 large eggs, separated
    2 tablespoons flour
    1/2 cup cherries pitted
    2 cups water
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 tablespoon of lemon juice
pinch of flour
    1/2 granola
    2 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 graham crackers
    2 table spoons almonds
    3 tablespoons butter softened
    pinch of cinnamon

    Combine water, sugar, and lemon juice in saucepan. Stir on low heat. Raise the temperature to a boil. Stir in cherries. Add pinch of flour for thicken ing. Reduce heat and simmer for ten minutes. Chill in the refrigerator for thirty minutes.
    Place graham crackers, granola, brown sugar, cinnamon, and almonds in a baggy. Crush (I used a hammer) until it is reduced to crumbles. Pour into a bowl and add softened butter and mix well. Lightly coat a small spring form tart pan with butter and pat down mixture. Cook for five minutes in the oven and remove to add mixture.
    Combine goat cheese, sugar, and vanilla into a bowl and beat together. Beat or stir in egg yolks. Beat in flour. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until fluffy. Beat 1/3 of the fluffed egg white into goat cheese mixture and then fold in the rest. Pour into your spring form tart pan. Bake for fifteen to twenty minutes. Test with a toothpick or fork- if it sticks, it needs more time. Pour on topping and- bang- babay, you got a cherry cheesecake.

Food for Thought:
My friend Shivaughn told me about YummySoup! Software- a software that auto-converts online recipes to singularly formatted 4x6 recipe cards. It also creates a grocery list!  

Saturday, January 12, 2013

A New Year's Resolution

Welcome to my new year's resolution; cooking 101 new dishes I've never made before all from scratch). Actually, it was last year's resolution... but I'm back with some intestinal fortitude and recipe cards from Hallmark. I've been pumping out recipes day and nite. The cooking list I selected ranges from butter- which has one ingredient, to Chile en Nogada- which is supposedly one of the hardest dishes to make in the world. All dishes are made vegetarian; all card recipes are written with the appropriate carcass but I will let you in on what alternative I used. To the right is my recipe box. Some are worth hundreds of dollars, often given as a wedding present engraved with the lady's new initials. I got this one for fifty cents at a second-hand store- I think it'll hold up!

Food for thought: Did you know the U.S. Army has recipe cards? Here is a link to an index. The bonus in their recipe cards is that they include calorie intake but remember, it's made to serve a hundred people!

Friday, January 11, 2013

The List

The List
1. Guloush
2. Potato Chips
3. Roasted Red Peppers
4. Pate
5. Souffle
6. Mole
7. Napoleon
8. Hummus
9. Croquettes
10. Harissa
11. Sun Dried Tomatoes
12. Compote
13. Caramel
14. Peanut Brittle
15. Toffee
16. Marshmallows
17. Crackers
18. Wafers
19. Rock Candy
20. Butter
21. Tortillas
22. Pickles
23. Scone
24. Yorkshire Pudding
25. Cornish Ice Cream
26. Egg Roll
27. Ravioli
28. Pesto
29. Panna Cotta
30. Sausage
31. Marzipan
32. Spartzle
33. Crepe
34. Karpatka
35. Creme Fraiche
36. Poached Eggs
37. Samosa
38. Palak Paneer
39. Cheesecake
40. Chile en Nogada
41. Bearnaise Sauce
42. Sheppard's Pie
43. Squab Pie
44. Chowder
45. Gumbo
46. Jumbalaya
47. Tamales
48. Egg Noodles
49. Donut
50. Manicotti
51. Polenta
52. Chutney
53. Salsa Verde
54. Veloute
55. Bechamel
56. Vodka Sauce
57. Hollandaise Sauce
58. Bougatsa
59. Pfeffernuesse Cookies
60. Eclair
81. Cannoli
62. Merenge Pie
63. Truffle
64. Taramisu
65. Bread Pudding
66. Baked Alaska
67. Chocolate Mousse
68. Baklava
69. Macaroons
70. Cream Puff
71. Strudel
72. Danish
73. Chief Chieli
74. Pineapple Upsidedown Cake
75. Butter Tart
75. Peach Cobbler
76. Slump
77. Custard
78. Flan
79. Gingerbread
80. Homity Pie
81. Pumpkin Pie
82. Derby Pie
83. Cherry Pie (this one will be a hand pie)
84. Coconut Cream Pie
85. Knish
86. Mince Meat Pie
87. Gnocchi
88. Pastilla
89. Tora Caprese
90. Pretzels
91. Bagel
92. Beer Bread
93. Sourdough Bread
94. Croissant
95. Ciabatta
96. Pinwheel
97. Muffins
98. Ratatouille
99. Puzzille
100. Shortbread
101. Granola