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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…
-R

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an old childhood favorite…

A craving filtered through the house earlier for some delicious, creamy rice pudding… not just any old rice pudding, but an old family recipe passed down.
It starts with your typical ingredients that are expected in rice pudding, but with some extra special ingredients that can only stay with me…
The cooking process takes time and is not one to rush… a great deal of elbow grease and willpower is needed, but the end result… well that is nothing short of magnificent!
Creamy, smooth, slightly sweet and full of exotic, intoxicating spices… bite after bite of this chilled, textural wonder makes enjoying just one bowlful almost an injustice.

at a low simmer…
-R

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vodka… not just for shots!

As if I didn’t get my fill of vodka at this weekends wedding extravaganza, I decided to cook with it tonight! Just a simple vodka sauce made with some of the sauce that was freshly made yesterday. Some heavy cream, freshly grated pecorino, basil and of course… VODKA!
The vodka offers a nice bite, while the cream provides a smooth and velvety texture in addition to a wonderful, almost sweet flavor!
What a simple, yet elegant dish this can become in a short amount of time! Why isn’t everything this easy…

at a low simmer…
-R

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