Thursday, June 17, 2010

Recipe #49: huckleberry swirl cheesecake

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Okay, I did read this recipe beforehand and knew it would be time-consuming. So I tried to plan accordingly! But sometimes life just gets in the way.... Since I was at the office longer than anticipated, I ended up having to set my alarm and finish the final baking step at 1:30 in the morning! Well worth it though; this dessert was pretty darn scrumptious. Last year we had a big reunion on my dad's side of the family, and this year it was on my mom's side of the family. -Perfect event to take my rich, homemade, Huckleberry Swirl Cheesecake! As I mingled with cousins I hadn't seen in a long while, I licked every last crumb on my plate. Mmm, mmm. And among our jam-packed schedule, we left this get-together (which was also a baby shower) to quickly catch a wedding on my dad's side of the family. What a busy day! This next event happened to be along the Yellowstone River at Oscar's Dreamland, at the exact location Travis & I got married. Just 12 days shy of our wedding date, so obviously we took some 5-year anniversary photos on this beautiful-sunshiny-birds chirping-Sunday-afternoon. Lovely, just lovely.
~Rating of Huckleberry Swirl Cheesecake: 6 stars (out of 10) from Pa, 7.5 stars from cousin Jody, 8 stars from Ma, 7 stars from Travis, & 8 stars from me.
~Quotes of the day: "The heart in love never grows old." -Turkish Proverb I put on the wedding gift. "Love makes the world go round." -French Proverb I put on the baby gift.
~Music while cooking: Funk Volume 2.

Recipe #48: Macaroons in Minnesota? NOPE!

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I knew these Coconut Macaroons would be a challenge. My cousin Erica has been trying to perfect these lil beauties since taking a French cooking class last fall (when she got married at La cath├ędrale Notre Dame in France). When I asked for advice, she replied with, "Good luck! Don't try to make them if it has been raining, the humidity really makes a mess of them!" So as I baked these precious goodies around midnight one evening, I tried THREE times to make them look how I thought they should look! They kept oozing into one huge mess each time I put them in the oven (see photo), and it wasn't even raining! Well, it wasn't raining at that particular moment anyway. It was pouring earlier; I should have paid closer attention to Erica's advice. Perhaps I'll try them again mid-summer when the weather is super hot and DRY!
In the end, these cookies did taste fantastic, but just looked like a big heap of baked gooeyness all squished together. My hubby isn't a fan of the chewy coconut ingredient; we were planning to take these to our nephew's cowboy-themed graduation party in Minnesota (took mints instead on account of this disaster). But he managed to eat the entire batch after I'd gone to bed!! So evidently presentation was two thumbs down, but flavor was two thumbs UP!!
~Rating of Coconut Macaroons: 3 stars (out of 10) from Travis, 6 stars from me.
~Quote of the day: "Nom Nom Nom." -Cookie Monster.
~Music while cooking: A documentary Travis was watching about addictions.