Archive | May, 2011

Lemon Curd Cheesecake

26 May

It’s my Momma’s Birthday today! Happy Birthday Mom! I decided to whip up a Birthday Cake for tonight’s dinner and when I asked her what she wanted me to make she said either Red Velvet Cake or Cheesecake. I chose to make a cheesecake because although I love Red Velvet and I have a great recipe which I will share later, Red Velvet cake kind of makes a huge mess! I always seem to get Red Food coloring every where and my hands end up being pink for a few days. So I decided to go with the easier, less messy option. 
I have a couple Cheesecake standbys, one being Dulche de Leche which is quite sweet and with the richness of the Cheesecake itself can be quite heavy. I wanted to make something a little bit lighter. Cheesecake is considered a light food right? 
I stumbled across a Lemon Curd Cheesecake recipe on Epicurious.com and I think my Mom will love it.
Here we go:
For the lemon curd: 
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh lemon zest
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
For the crust: 
1 1/3 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs 
1/3 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
For the filling: 
3 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
Make lemon curd:
Whisk together zest, juice, sugar, and eggs in a saucepan. Add butter and cook over medium low, whisking, until curd is thick enough to hold marks of whisk and first bubbles appear on surface, about 6 minutes. 
Force lemon curd through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and set aside to cool completely.
Make and bake crust:
Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together crust ingredients in a bowl, then press onto the bottom and 1 inch up side of springform pan. 
Bake 10 minutes, then cool crust completely in the pan on a cooling rack.
Make filling and bake cheesecake:
Reduce oven temperature to 300°F. 
Beat together cream cheese and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer at medium speed until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low and add eggs 1 at a time, beating until incorporated. Beat in sour cream and vanilla until combined. 
Pour two thirds of cream cheese filling into cooled crust, then spoon half of lemon curd over filling and swirl curd into filling with a small knife. Repeat with remaining filling and curd. 
Bake cheesecake until set 1 1/2 inches from edge but center trembles when pan is gently shaken, about 45 minutes. (Center of cake will appear very loose but will continue to set as it cools.) Transfer spring form pan to a rack and immediately run a knife around top edge of cake to loosen. Cool completely, about 2 hours, then chill for at least 4 hours. Remove side of spring form pan before serving. 
I think this is going to be really good but I have to wait until tonight to try it, so I will let you know!

** Update: This cake was fabulous! Creamy, Dreamy and Delicious. Next time I think I would make a blueberry compote to drizzle over the cake for serving. MissDelish**

Pasta a la Easy Peasy Rose Sauce

25 May

So last night my sister was graduating from high school. Sigh. I get misty eyed when I think about it, but she has sure grown up without me noticing. Until my mom gave me one of her graduation photos. I fainted and when I came to, I questioned why she was receiving them so early. Apparently its the end of May already. Nobody told me.

Anyways the whole point of this story is that we had almost zero time to make/eat dinner last night so I decided to whip up a quick vegetarian pasta dish with what I already had on hand.

Here’s what you need:

You’ll need Olive Oil, a couple cloves of Garlic, Half an onion, Fresh Tomatoes, Red Pepper Flakes, Dried Oregano, Tomato Paste, Tomato Sauce, Half and Half, Salt, Pepper, Dried Pasta and some Parmesan. Measurements to follow.

Throw a big pot of water on to boil and while you are prepping the sauce have the pasta cooking so it is all ready at the same time. Cook the pasta as per the package directions.

Start by chopping your veggies. We need to dice up the tomatoes and set them aside, finely dice the onion and mince the garlic.

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat and add the onion. Saute for a minute or two until softened and then add the minced garlic. Make sure you stir so the garlic doesn’t burn, once the garlic is fragrant, add oregano, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and tomato paste. Stir together until the tomato paste is combined with the other ingredients.

Add the fresh tomatoes, tomato sauce and half and half and stir. Taste it and add more salt and pepper to taste if needed. I also ended up adding about a tablespoon of sugar because I felt like it needed it. Let it simmer away for a few moments until nice and hot.

By now the pasta should be done. Drain the pasta and toss with the sauce in a big bowl or serving dish. Grate a generous amount of Parmesan cheese over the top and serve with some garlic bread for dipping. YUM.

Make this for dinner tonight if you are short on time like me! If you have lots of time make something much more elaborate and time consuming and then if you can just stop by with some for me, that would be great. Thanks.

1 Tbsp Olive Oil
2 Cloves of Garlic
1/2 Onion
2 Tomatoes Diced
1 Tsp Oregano
1 Tsp Red Pepper Flakes
Salt and Pepper
1 Tbsp Tomato Paste
1 Cup Tomato Sauce
1/4 Cup Half & Half
1 Tbsp Sugar (optional)
1 Package of Dried Pasta ( I used a crazy shape that I found at a specialty store but normally I would use linguine or penne)
Grated Parmesan cheese to taste.

Dinner Disaster

20 May

My boyfriend, you can call him Mr. Delish, and I moved into our place about a month ago and before that we lived with family, so we are still missing some of the things we need, especially kitchen supplies. I had originally thought we had pretty much everything we needed. I love to cook so naturally I am drawn to kitchen gadgets whenever I see them in stores, so I had definitely stocked up before we moved, but it became entirely evident that we were missing some things when we invited my Mr. Delish’s parents over for dinner the first time.
We had invited them over for dinner on Saturday night because we had the day off and then we would have lots of time to cook and get organized. We had planned to make an appetizer of caprese salad, gnocchi with a spicy tomato sauce for our entree (as well as a nice big green salad) and then butterscotch pie for dessert.
Early in the day we got a call from a friend of ours who had just recently had a baby and the day after she had the little boy, her husband had to go away on business for a few days. So she was on her own and needed us to drive her to the hospital for a checkup. A routine checkup that should have taken an hour, tops, ended up taking 4 hours. We got through the door at 4:30pm and our guests were supposed to be arriving at 6. We hadn’t started anything! I was having a major anxiety attack, how were we going to have a full, 3 course meal, on the way in an hour and a half?
We didn’t really have a choice but to get started and hope for the best. We whipped up the caprese salad really quickly so at least we would have something to feed them. Then I started on the pie crust so it could rest while I made everything else. Chris left to get some wine and I got started on the tomato sauce, after sauteing the onions and garlic I went to open the cans of tomatoes when I noticed that we didn’t have a can opener. By this point I was getting frustrated, if I waited longer my onions and garlic would burn and then I would have to start over again. I looked around and grabbed my pair of kitchen shears. I definitely took some of my frustration out on that poor can of tomatoes, but it got the job done.
After that, I had a series of incidents such as having no mixing bowls, burning the filling for the pie so I had to start over and once the gnocchi was made, dropping half of them on the floor. I swear I am not normally so accident prone, I am usually very calm and organized but I think with the lack of time I was definitely a little high strung. When Mr. Delish’s parents arrived, the kitchen was a disaster but everything was done. We had a delicious dinner and a few glasses of wine and everything worked out in the end.

Day 1

20 May

Not that I think anyone is reading my blog at this point, but I guess I should introduce myself in the case that someone does stumble upon this. My name is Jill and I live in a suburb outside of Vancouver, BC Canada. I am living in a small home with my boyfriend, you can call him Mr. Delish. We love to cook for ourselves as well as entertain guests as much as we can. It can be hard in such a small space but we try our best!
I made this blog because I want to write about food. Hopefully I can record the recipes I make on a daily basis and maybe someone will read this and be encouraged to try a new recipe. If you do, you better let me know how it went!

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