For our third anniversary, Chef Husband and I had a delightful picnic of pasta salad with tortellini, fruit salad, and (store-bought) fried chicken!
Then later that day we made this decadent key lime cheesecake: http://theculinarychronicles.com/2011/05/06/key-lime-cheesecake/
My photos of the preparation came out an odd color because I left my camera on the wrong setting. I apologize for the yellowed hue!
Making the graham cracker crust:
Gathering ingredients and allowing them to come to room temperature:
(Various drinks not included in cheesecake!)
Using the box grater to zest the tiny key limes. (We just bought a true zester! But alas, it was too late for this recipe.)
Key lime carnage:
Mixing the filling:
Peeking into the oven!
Cooling. (The most difficult part of the recipe was waiting for the cheesecake to cool overnight before we could eat it!)
Finally, a delicious slice of tangy, fluffy key lime cheesecake!
This was my first successful bread-making experience! Cooking with yeast always made me nervous because I didn’t really understand what to do with it. I tried to make pizza crust once and definitely killed the yeast. It ended up being a little, dense brick of crust when it was done. But look! I MADE this with my HANDS!
Crazy. I followed this great recipe: http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2012/04/04/italian-easter-bread-recipe/
I completely destroyed a couple of oranges in the process of zesting and juicing them.
Rubbing the zest into the sugar was a lot easier than I expected.
Heating the milk:
Look at that puffy yeast! I was so amazed by this process.
I was not so sure about the dough at this point. I just kept adding flour and stirring.
Kneading! This part was really fun.
That looks better:
It was a bit difficult to shape the dough into the pretty braided circles.
My bread didn’t come out looking perfect, but it still tasted good!
I put the glaze on one and left the other plain. Both were delicious!
For lunch today, I made a delicious sausage, potato and kale soup! Here’s the recipe I used:
It turned out really well, even though I would probably drain the sausage a bit better next time.
I even made a healthy dessert: berries with homemade whipped cream! yumyumyum
I’m starting to really enjoy trying new recipes!