Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

In testing recipes for Papa’s Desserts, I tried the above, which was in a word, amazing. So light, so decadent, and so delicious. Banana chocolate chip layer cake, sandwiched around a banana cheesecake and frosted and filled with White Chocolate Cream Cheese icing. One of the best desserts I have ever made. OMG. Amazing. Look for it on the Papa’s Desserts line up this fall!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake!

Banana Chocolate Chip Cheesecake!

Spaghetti Sauce

So on the way home last night in that torrential rain storm, I asked Rand what he wanted for dinner and he casually responded, how about some spaghetti sauce?  Not one to disappoint him, I said yes and then went on to figuring out how to make the spaghetti sauce which typically requires about 4 hours, in about 2.  Well it was easy.  Remember back when I told you all about spaghetti sauce and how it didn’t require the better part of the day.  Well that is still true, especially in this case, where I was using ground beef and sausage, instead of the chuck roast beef that I would roast in the tomato sauce for hours until it fell apart.  So here we go:

1 pound ground beef

1 pound Italian sausage, hot or sweet (out of its casing)

1 small onion chopped

3 cloves of garlic, minced

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 cup red wine (pinot, cab)

3 tablespoons tomato paste

2 large cans tomato puree

1 large can water

That’s it!

In a little olive oil, in a large dutch oven, sautee the onion and garlic until transluscent, over medium heat.  Add the beef and the sausage and cook until no longer pink.  Add the tomato paste and fry the tomato paste for a few minutes, then add the balsamic vinegar and cook until almost dry but still a little moist.  Add the wine, cook for a few minutes to cook out the alchohol.  Then add the tomatoes and the water, and salt and pepper it to your liking.  Cook for about 1.5 hours, covered and over low hear and it’s ready.  This meat sauce was so delicious, and unattended, it can cook itself (just make sure you are on LOW).  Enjoy!


PS.  On pizza, this sauce is amazing!p1010088

I’ve been so busy!

OMG I am so sorry I have not written in now, almost a month!  I am not worthy!  I’ve been so busy with other things that I can no longer discuss.  So for now, I will continue blogging about recipes and such, and am looking forward to making the Almond Cookies again this weekend for Debbie’s party!  Have a great weekend everybody!

Not so vegetarian stuffed tomatoes

Right out of the oven

Right out of the oven

So as I mentioned before I went with Italian sausage, basil, parsley and parmesan.  I have not posted the recipe because this is my monthly posting for phillyburbs and I do not want to bite the hand that feeds me! I had a tomato last night after it spent a day in the fridge and I must tell you it was delicious.  I had also tossed in a few toasted, sliced almonds.  When I attempted to eat one right out of the oven (and burned my mouth in the process) I admit that i did not love the taste; but, after an overnight chill, the almonds gave way a bit and provided that delightful little crunch that I simply loved.  The cayenne pepper in the background was just too much to bear it was so good.  These aren’t my mom’s stuffed vegetables! I’ll post the recipe just as soon as phillyburbs puts it up!  Enjoy your Labor Day weekend everyone. I am off to Annapolis where I will be reporting back with crab tales!  Enjoy!