Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I Heart Dairy

This time of year all I think about is cooking. It is all I want to do.
Have you ever made Blue Cheese dressing? So good on wings, celery, sometimes I even dip my pizza in it. Yum!
This is by far my favorite recipe, and I have tried lots!
I cup mayo
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup parsley ( I have used dry and fresh, but tend to like the dry better for this)
1-2 tbs. lemon juice, or red wine vinegar
1 tsp minced garlic
6 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
salt and black pepper to taste
mix all ingredients and add 4 oz. of crumbled blue cheese.

Jack tried some for the first time the other day. He ate about half a bag of celery with it! He calls it " the sauce."

We had a dinner party this weekend and I made a chocolate cheesecake with ganache. To die for!!
Here is the recipe for that one, because I know you want to make that too!
5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, grated or chopped- I just used chocolate chips.
24 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
Graham cracker crust:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
2/3 cup finely chopped almonds
2 tbs. sugar
4 tbs butter, melted ( I used about 8 tbs. because my mixture looked dry)
1/4 cup plus 1 tbs heavy cream
3.5 oz. semi-sweet chocolate grated or chopped
To make crust:
Preheat oven to 350. In a medium bowl stir graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and almonds, then stir in butter. Press into the bottom of a of an 8 inch springform pan. Bake for 10 minutes and set aside. Reduce oven to 325.
In a double boiler melt chocolate.
Beat cream cheese with electric mixer on medium until smooth. In a small bowl combine sugar, cocoa and salt. Add to cream cheese, beat in eggs, vanilla and melted chocolate. Pour into crust and bake for 45 minutes or until sides are puffy, but middle is still very soft.
Cool for 20 minutes, then run a sharp knife along the sides. Let cool completely in pan. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least two hours.
Remove sides of pan and transfer onto serving plate.
To make ganache:
In a saucepan, bring heavy cream to a simmer. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate until melted. Se aside for 20 minutes, until thickened. Pour over cheesecake and spread.


Christina Scovel said...

Thanks for the recipes. Sauce looks great and there is nothing wrong with a little chocolate (or a lot of chocolate)!

Hilary said...

Um, YUM. YUMYUMYUMYUMYUM. I have never made blue cheese dressing before, but I sure want to now!!

Linda said...

Yum--two of my favorites--blue cheese and chocolate (not together, of course:) )

QuiltedSimple said...

oh yum that cheese cake looks delicious!

Nature Knitting said...

As always something good to try, I will try this dressing, sounds so good.

Jessica said...

I don't know which one to try first!!!!

cathleen said...

Oh, that looks totally delicious, Katie. Thank you for the recipe.

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