Cooking is work. It is under appreciated and, thank you God, readily available outside my kitchen.
Genetics. Laziness. Call it what you will. I just don't see the point. (And besides, haven't we all eaten enough?)
In Christmases past, we've been known to enjoy gourmet Chinese in homage to Ralphie and his turkey-less family. Alas, our out-of-town company were scandalized, so I was compelled to dust off the roasting pan and deal with necks and gizzards. Yuck.
I admire all of you adventurous cooks out there, but from a distance. And with zero longing.
In honor of the season, however, we are hosting a petit gathering on Sunday evening. Everyone is bringing something, but I am doing dessert, thanks to the inspiration of my neighbor Beth. She owns nearly every gizmo purveyed by Sur la Table, including mini-cheesecake pans. Seriously. She served up a herd of these babies at book club. I have read the recipe and believe that even I can make these. Or not, which is why white fudge Oreo cookies are my back up.
Here's Beth's recipe:
Canned cherry pie filling
Lemon curd with blueberries or blueberry pie filling
Hot fudge with mixed nuts OR crushed peppermint candies (candy canes)
Orange marmalade with cranberry orange sauce
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
For a simple graham cracker crust:
1 C graham cracker crumbs
¼ C butter, melted
¼ C sugar
Mix the crust ingredients together. Spray pan lightly with PAM and divide the mixture equally between cups and press down.
¾ C white sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 egg whites
¾ C sour cream
Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large mixing bowl with electric mixer until well blended. Add egg whites, mix well. Then add sour cream and mix thoroughly. Pour equally into cups , almost to the top.
Bake 20 minutes or until center is almost set. Turn off oven, leaving oven door open for another 15 minutes. Remove from oven and refrigerate until chilled. When ready to serve, top each with a topping (or let guests fix their own).
Now, if I can just figure out where this whole project will go wrong, I'll be prepared with those cookies. And lots of champagne.
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