Sunday, March 11, 2012

Before I turn 25

I turn 25 in 6 days
25 will be such a great year!
But before my birthday comes I want to:

1) Finish my masters thesis
2) Have my sickness go away, along with the return of my voice
3) Backpack in Canyonlands
4) Make a ton of awesome reeds
5) Lose one more pound (I have lost 6 since Christmas break. woot!)
6) Do more nice things for other people- Sometimes I forget to do this and I want to be better at it

This is a lot to do in 6 days

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Pesto Cheesecake Recipe

I made this for the reception that we had after my graduate recital.
We served squares of it with crackers. Also delicious to melt over hot pasta.
The recipe came from Shannon Jones. She always has such a beautiful garden.
A few people have asked me for the recipe so here 'tis!
p.s. it may sound complicated, but I made it successfully on my first try so you can too! and it is so worth it!

1/2-2/3 c purchased or homemade pesto
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup fine dry bread seasoned crumbs
2 Tbsp grated parmesan
16 oz cream cheese, room temp
1 C ricotta cheese
1/2 C grated parmesan
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cayenne, or to taste
3 large eggs
1/4 C pine nuts

Preheat oven to 325. Rub butter over the bottom and sides of a 9-inch spring-form pan. Mix breadcrumbs with 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese. Turn pan to coat with the crumb mixture.

Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese, ricotta, and parmesan, salt, and cayenne in a large bowl until light. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Transfer half of the batter to a medium bowl. Mix pesto mixture into remaining half. Pour pesto batter into prepared pan; smooth top evenly. Spoon plain mixture over; gently smooth to cover pesto layer. Sprinkle with 1/4 C pine nuts.

Bake until center is no longer jiggly, about 45 minutes. Transfer to rack to cool completely. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 6-24 hours before serving.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Moab Trip

This weekend we went to Moab
with our nature photography class.
It was freezing
but mainly beautiful.
I took 1,033 pictures in 2 days.
Most of them look like I don't know what I am doing
which is true.
Some are ok.
Some are really cool.
What a beautiful part of the world.