Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Fine Toast (Mushrooms with Thyme)

Dear: Mother Nature,

I would like to formally thank you for the incredible tease that you laid upon our wonderful city this week. You showered us with mild temperatures, sunshine and the smell of dog crap spring in the air, and then proceeded, as you often do, to throw upon us a blanket of snow, slush and cold. What gets me through winter in times like these? Two things: The Nuit Blanche festival, and good food. 



As I prepared myself to spend a night prancing around in the snowy abyss that our city has become, I decided that the best way to begin would be by indulging in a little bit of comfort - food, that is. I'm not talking Kraft Dinner (that was Wednesday), and I'm not talking grilled cheese - I'm talking about something real, something with substance, and something that will keep me satisfied.

Enter Mushroom Toasts!
I now present to you my favourite appetizer of all time.

This stellar simple recipe combines four wonderful things: olive bread, mushrooms, thyme and goat cheese. Oh, and did I mention butter? You can omit the butter, if you're going the healthy route, but come on, this is comfort food we're talking about here! You want it to stick to your ribs and warm you from the inside, remember? Now that that's settled...

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Easy As Cheese Pie

So... you know that feeling when you've got so much going on that it feels like you've got no time to think of cooking, let alone baking, but all you really want to do is eat cheesecake? Or maybe, you just generally want to eat cheesecake? In either case, I've got the solution for you! I present to you my super easy, five ingredient cheesecake. Though, technically, this is more pie than cake, as it's baked in a pie shell. In any case, it's delicious, and you should probably go ahead and drop whatever you're doing and make it. Now.



Easy As Cheese Pie
an original recipe by Allison Sklar

what you'll need
1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 stick butter, melted
1 block light cream cheese (250g), at room temperature
2 eggs
1 can light sweetended condensed milk
topping: 1 can pie filling of your choice
note: to make this pie even EASIER, you may substitute a ready-to-bake deep dish graham crumb shell (available at most supermarkets in the baking section.)

how to do it
combine crumbs and butter. Press into 9'' deep dish pie plate.
combine cheese and sweetened condensed milk. Beat until fluffy. Add in eggs, beating well after each addition. Pour into pie shell. Bake at 310F for about 45 minutes or until set. Note: oven times and temperatures may vary. Let cool. Top with your choice of any of the following; canned pie-filling, jam, chocolate sauce, spiced nuts, whipped cream or fresh fruits. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.
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