I knew it! Science has finally given me an excuse for being bad at sports. All of them. Science says: we are not like all the other animals. All we are good at doing is long-distance running thanks to tendons and hairlessness (I’m gleefully ignoring this), and being smart enough to know how to make ice cream thanks to wicked smart brains.
If I quit trying to occasionally swim faster, this isn’t resignation. I’m just at peace with evolution and nature, is all, because, sharks! Fast! Am I right or am I right?
This isn’t my first time at the Goat Cheese and Chocolate Rodeo. Ever since, I’ve wanted to do it again and add berries. I thought about cupcakes. I thought about cheesecake. I thought about layer cake. And then I thought, those things are MAD HARD sometimes.
Gang: There are 362 shopping/baking/decorating days left! Pleeeennnty of time for you to bake up one of these for the next round of holidays, no?
I bet you can see right through me. I made this for Christmas. For me and my family to eat. Not to put it up here with plenty of time for you to, if you find it inspiring, do the same. Selfish, totally selfish and slackery, and I’m sorry. The good news is, this would also be wonderful for a New Year’s celebration. Or a winter birthday. Or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. OR I just need to step up and be a better blogger.
Posted in Cake, Cheesecake, Dessert, Entertaining, Holidays, Winter
Tagged cheesecake, chocolate, cranberry, cream cheese, orange, tart, winter, winter fruit
Guys. Guys! Let me state the obvious. It’s almost Christmas. My shopping has never been more proactive. My nails are red and sparkly. There are cookies everywhere I go. Everywhere! It’s madness. I have a haphazardly strung dark green light thing across my windows in the living room. It’s trashy and heartwarming at the same time. Look:
In other words, I think I’m ready. Let’s embrace everything red, pretty and sweet. Let’s make cupcakes that have ALL the things we like: chocolate, vanilla, bright color, whipped cream, cream cheese, almond extract, sprinkles… It’s a lot, but we can handle it, especially this time of year.
It was literally in between those first-few-dates “So, tell me about yourself” conversations that my boyfriend told me how much he loves peanut butter. Right in between “Do you have brothers and sisters?”, “Do you torture animals for fun?” and “What kind of music do you like?” That last one is obviously the most important (joking!). I have a lot of foods I adore, but I can’t say I’ve ever seen a person-food love affair quite like this one. The man would sleep in a vat of peanut butter if he could. And I think he loves me more than peanut butter only because a jar of peanut butter can’t throw itself into a mound of chocolate and make this happen:
The manfriend’s working on a campaign at the moment, and Wednesday nights are potluck nights. With themes! This week was all-American week, and he signed us up to make dessert. I had a few ideas rolling around in my head, but here’s how the conversation went:
“Or how about red velvet cake?”
You don’t say “no” to that kind of enthusiasm… Not that I didn’t want to make a delicious milk-chocolate-and-gooey-marshmallow thing. So it works out.
I took these to a picnic without feeling like I need to explain myself, and that is why my friends are oh-so-awesome. If I didn’t have such cool, adventurous friends, I probably would have chickened out at the last minute and bought chocolate chip cookies from a store, or stammered something about running out of cream cheese and all I had was goat cheese and I know it’s weird but, and… Sigh. But! I didn’t have to, and these babies were gone pretty quickly.
Goat cheese. Chocolate. Together.
These are on the fudgy side of brownie business. They are also on the awesome, perhaps unexpected but definitely delicious, side of brownie business. Goat cheese belongs in everything, including dessert.
That said, you can substitute all of the goat cheese for cream cheese. But, man… You’d be missing out, and nobody wants that.