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my twist on a classic…

With a soaking rain wreaking havoc on the day, I decided that it was the perfect excuse to bake up an amazing cheesecake!
I had been experiencing a severe craving for the creamy and luxurious dessert, and thought it would help lift my spirits to whip one up.
This cheesecake was different from your typical variety, as I used both cream cheese, along with goat cheese for an added tang and fuller depth of flavor.
The basic elements still went into the baking process, however I added gorgeous vanilla bean seeds in for a beautiful speckle and flavor, as well as a special homemade vanilla sugar.
The silky mixture was poured gently into a homemade graham cracker crust that I molded into my springform pan… It was then into the oven for roughly an hour until perfect.
Once cooked, it was time to set up and then take a doze in the fridge to really come together… As soon as the cheesecake was ready to be sliced, there was no stopping the diminishing that became evident!
The crisp and buttery crust hugged the velvety smooth mixture and just added to the sinful act that was occurring… I’m fine with committing that sin, and there will be no confession from me!

at a low simmer…
















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it’s hot out here, but this time the sun isn’t causing it…

Since today is such a beautiful day, I found it only fitting to whip up some margaritas by the pool. Margaritas [for once] are not the star players, but rather some über spicy tomatillo-based salsa full of serious zip! It’s a pretty simple salsa actually and you can obviously cater to individual palates regarding heat…
I use eight decent sized tomatillos that I quartered up, two serrano chilies [I prefer to leave the seeds in, but you can remove to make less spicy], three to four garlic cloves, a good handful of fresh cilantro and some salt of course…
I add everything into the food processors and pulse, pulse, pulse until everything is blended, but not babyfood. I prefer to feel the textures as I scoop everything up and devour…
Once blended I taste for heat and salt and go from there… if not salty enough, add salt and if not spicy enough
well add another chili… you can play around till your taste buds sing.
Hope this makes you want to run to your local market, pick up these ingredients and whip [well blend] this salsa up!

at a low simmer…


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