This is not how I’d expected this post (recipe) to go.
I was going to come out, all my culinary guns a’blazing, showing off my growth with an awesome cheesecake to celebrate 200 posts.
But, alas, that was not to be.
Instead, things did not quite go right…
So, Wednesday was my husband’s birthday – and I had the whole day (foodwise) mapped out. Breakfast in bed, lunch out, tasty dinner, and a lovely cheesecake (his favorite) since last year’s did not go according to plan. I was going for gorgeous looking and delicious this year.
The morning was a whirl – as I cooked breakfast, made the cheesecake, and set up dinner in the crockpot.
The cheese cake was a recipe I’d found on foodnetwork.com and had almost 500 reviews with a culminating score of five stars. I was confident it was going to be a snap. And it seemed as if it were. The only thing that threw me off was that the recipe said to take the cheesecake out after baking for 45 minutes and that it should be jiggly. It even stated ‘do not overcook.’ So, I left it in about 5 minutes longer and then forced myself to remove it, jiggly, as the recipe said.
After that it needed to cool and then be placed in the fridge for 4 hours to firm up. No problem.
And when I finally took it out and released the springform mold, it looked gorgeous!
It wasn’t until I began to slice, that things started to go wrong.
I was so thankful at this point that we did not have guests.
(Did I mention that I wasn’t feeling well, so our friends cancelled?)
(Oh, and the dinner I made was not eaten – I’ll share that story next post.)
All in all, it was not turning into great day for him (or me).
(And yes, I also made a delectable strawberry coulis that was totally wasted – for those interested, mix strawberries, honey, and a little lemon juice to taste in a blender until smooth. Delish!)
I was so sad. I really felt like I’d let Hubs down on his special day. But, of course, he found the silver lining of throwing away the rest of the cake, “At least we won’t eat all those extra calories, right?”
Sure, I guess.
But I was so looking forward to all those calories. (And I felt that I’d let him down.)
Anyways, after a little introspection, I’m feeling that this recipe was a lesson for my 200th post. It was the Cooking Gods letting me know that I still have so much to learn – so they gave me a little humbling experience to drive in the point. They wanted me to renew my desire to continue to grow as a cook; to take chances and gain from the successes and the failures.
So, that’s what I’m going to do.
(And, as the Cooking Gods are my witness, I will make a perfect cheesecake before post number 300!)
(Oh, and I’m going to spoil Hubs rotten on Father’s Day to make up for it. So don’t feel too bad for him.)
Anyways, on to the really fun part of this post… the giveaway!
In celebration of 200 posts, I am giving away a $20 gift card to Williams-Sonoma to one of my lucky, lucky readers. They have a ton of amazing culinary toys that are sure to please everyone.
To enter, leave a comment for the following:
First Entry: Share your favorite recipe (and a link if you have one). (I’m really looking forward to seeing these – always looking for new things to try. )
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(Make sure that each of these is in a separate comment. Enter your email in the comment form, so I can contact you if you win. I will be choosing a comment using Random.org next Friday, June 22nd at noon, Pacific Time.)
Thank you all, once again, readers, for keeping me positive and encouraged – you certainly help me keep going after days like Wednesday!