5 pounds potatoes
3 cups heavy whipping cream
2 cups shredded smoked Gouda cheese
2 cups shredded Havarti cheese
- Using a mandolin slicer or food processor, slice the potatoes as thinly as possible. Chop the shallots. Saute the shallots in a little olive oil over medium heat for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from the heat, strain off the oil, and set the shallots aside.
- Shred the cheese using a food processor or coarse grater.
- Preheat the oven to 375.
- Oil or butter a baking dish liberally. Place a single overlapping layer of potatoes into the pan. Sprinkle the slices with salt, one layer of each cheese, and some of the sauteed shallots. Pour a small amount of cream over the top. Repeat, layering the potatoes, salt, cheeses, shallots, and cream until the pan is full. Press on the sliced potatoes to remove any air. Fill the pan as completely as possible. Bake for 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours, until the potatoes are tender throughout. Cover with foil when the top starts to brown, after about 45 minutes. Can be baked ahead, covered with foil, and held for a couple of hours. Serve hot.
4 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsley chopped
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
1 TBSP instant espresso powder
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup all purpose flour
Preheat oven to 325. Lightly grease the bottom and sides of a 9 x 3 springform pan. Cut an 18 inch square of heavy duty aluminum foil and wrap around the outside of the pan.
In the top of a double boiler, melt the chocolate with the butter over barely simmering water, stirring occasionally. Transfer the mixture to a medium bowl, and stir in the espresso powder, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk in the sugar until combined. Whisk in the eggs one at a time, until blended. Stir in the flour until no traces remain.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Bake the brownie for 25 minutes, until a toothpick into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging to it. Place the pan on a wire rack and let cool while you make the filling. Leave the oven on.
Or do as I did and use a plain brownie mix...following package directions, but substituting butter for the oil. Add in espresso powder.
1 1/2 pounds of cream cheese softened
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 TBSP vanilla extract
2 tsp. espresso powder, dissolved in 1 TBSP hot water (I used 1 TBSP hot coffee instead of hot water)
2 TBSP Kahlua or coffee liqueur
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1 TBSP cornstarch
4 large eggs
In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese at medium low speed until creamy and smooth, about 2 minutes. Gradually add the sugar and beat until blended. Add the vanilla extract, espresso mixture, Kahlua, salt, sour cream, and cornstarch and mix until well blended. At low speed, add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed.
Scrape the batter onto the brownie base. Place the pan in a roasting pan or large baking pan. Pour enough hot water into the roasting pan to come about 1 inch up the sides of the springform pan. Bake the cake in the water bath for 70-80 minutes, until the center is set but slightly wobbly. The cake will continue to set up as it cools. Remove the pan from the water bath and cool the cake completely in the pan on a wire rack.
Refrigerate the cheesecake for at least 4 hours before serving.
To serve, slice the cake with a thin-bladed sharp knife, wiping the knife clean after each cut. Garnish each slice with a dollop of whipped cream and a few chocolate-covered espresso beans.
This recipe comes from The Cake Book by Tish Boyle. There are so many great recipes in this book...from coffee cakes to cheesecakes and mousses. My only complaint about the book is that there aren't many photos...I like to see what it's supposed to look like! There is a great photo of this cake on the Cream Puffs in Venice blog.
Herb and Garlic Marinated Pork Loin with an herbed stuffing
Potatoes au Gratin (featuring Smoked Gouda, Havarti, and carmelized shallots)
Green Beans and Mushrooms with garlic butter
Home made dinner rolls with herb butter
Grand Marnier Cranberry conserve
And for dessert...Brownie Latte Cheesecake from The Cake Book.
Pictures to follow!
I realize that I'm supposed to nominate 5 people for the award, but it's so hard to choose; there are so many talented women out there in blogland that amuse, inspire, and and influence me in some way. Here is but a small listing of my favorite almost-daily reading:
- The Inspired Room-Sweet Escapes (especially the current one) are wonderful!
- Cherry Hill Cottage-For home dec, recipes, and decorated letters from Mika.
- My Cozy Home-great writing, and she's a mystery lover!
- Notes from A Cottage Industry truly inspiring; Tracey's ideas are wonderful and she's so talented. Her weekly "words to live by" inspire...
- My Romantic Home - Cindy has a wonderful decorating style; her blog is always an interesting read.
- Daisy Cottage-I love this house...Kim has such a creative decorating style with bold colors and her pictures of Dear Daisy Cottage are exceptional.
- Chez Fifi- Good Fifi or Bad Fifi, she's always an interesting read. How does this woman do it?
- French Poppy-Nice art, good writing...a joy to read.
- The Feathered Nest-Manuela has a lovely blog with great photos...and a wonderful new screened porch.
- Hedgerow Hollow great fall photos from Canada
- Little Red House I love the book quotes Mary pulls from those old books. Very amusing! Her tour of her town was wonderful.
- The Decorated House - Donna has some gorgeous items in her Etsy shop; I love the Cottage Fairy and her Halloween items.
- Lavender Hill Studio-Penny creates beautiful cottage-y chic mosaics. Her blog and website are beautiful.
- Fresh Vintage-You must watch this woman's Vlog...not only does it make you smile...you actually laugh out loud! Her weekly yardsale/thrifting finds make me a bit jealous; we never have anything that good around here!
Thank you for the inspiration!
Last night in class, the instructor talked about a book she just loved...I've heard a few other good comments about the book, but didn't really know what it was about...I just remembered it had an interesting cover (an aside...when you work in a library, you get all kinds of requests for "I was reading a book awhile back...it had a green cover and a picture of something or other on the front near the corner"...it becomes 20 questions in book descriptions/characters/etc.). Anyway, this morning on my way home from running errands, I stopped at Borders and picked up a copy...this after checking our catalog and discovering the book had 36 holds on the 8 copies we have in the system. So...my new acquisition is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I read a bit during my break this afternoon and it is really well written.
to see some beautiful mosaics and shabby chic cottage charm. My Queen of the Pumpkin Patch is a piece from Nicol Sayre's collection. I just love her pieces. Mr. Pumpkinhead, a candy holder, is a Dee Foust piece. Now that Hoffman publishing has brought Victoria back (and I still haven't received my magazine...), I wish that Dee would bring back her Holly Berry Hill catalogs. I would always get the best ideas from them.
Some people have already received the long-awaited new issue of Victoria Magazine...I can't wait to receive mine. It has always held a special place in my heart...I received the premiere issue of the original Victoria while I was in the hospital delivering my first -only- child. The friend who brought the issue to me thought it would be something I'd enjoy. I always looked forward to the arrival of the newest issue and would savor it. I still have all of the issues...they've survived several moves since 1987, and even though they take up lots of room I can't bear parting with them.
Now that the Monday evening class is over, I can get back to fretting about my BUNCO menu and getting my drapes finished. Not too much more work to do on them, but it will be at least Wednesday before I get a chance to work on them again...and I'll need to take pictures of my Halloween "finery."
I'm so jazzed about making draperies for my livingroom!! I visited Lowe's this afternoon and purchased a dropcloth 12x15. That will be enough fabric for both windows in the livingroom. All I have to do is cut the fabric and run a hem down the long side. I have some really cool iron curtain brackets with a cutout for a wooden shelf, but I think I'm going to do this the quick way and use upholstery tacks. Grapevine has been pulled off the back fence; I'm using it for tie-backs. I'm sure I can find some fall floral picks to fill it in with.
Really nice pots of mums were on sale at Lowe's for $1.99. Hope I can keep them alive for a few days inside...we're expecting cooler temps by mid-week.
In the "good recipes" department, I found a wonderful recipe for Stewed Red Cabbage with Italian Sausage and White Beans from Champaign Taste . Too hearty for our current 95 degree temperature, but it will be a --good thing--later in the week.
I received my BOO letters in the mail from Mika at Cherry Hill Cottage. They're so cute...I'm going to redo the entryway tomorrow with Halloween things.