A puppy quietly snoring in my lap, excited laughter as Liv and her grandfather win another round of Sequence and a belly full of holiday treats are providing a beautiful sense of contentedness on this day after Thanksgiving. This day is always one of my favorites... today leftover treats from our baking and cooking marathon gave endless options after a quick trip to the Apple Store where we unfortunately came home empty handed (but not without a whole new wish list!).
Thanksgiving once again provided a wonderful day with family and friends. Our house guests were up early with Fran helping me in the kitchen from 7 AM until the last dish was washed at 9 PM. She and her husband Tom brought several bottles of absolutely divine wine that they bottled themselves. An impressive '08 Zin was my favorite of the evening, beating out our 92 point Cab with its beautifully balanced fruity flavors, lovely long legs and gorgeous garnet color. WhoDog is not available on the market and we feel extremely lucky to be on the receiving end of the bottle!
Mom and Dad arrived early with big smiles and appetizers in hand. Neighbors from up the street visited for a bit and then my husband's parents arrived to complete our guest list.
|Liv, my Dad and Kona|
Mom has made our Thanksgiving gravy ever since I can remember. I have never mastered her technique, and I'm not sure I ever will, but luckily, Liv was paying attention. She got her first gravy-making lesson this year and says that she has it down. The recipe and technique are in safe hands and appear to have made it to another generation.
|Gravy making techniques passed through the generations!|
Dessert is always something to look forward to with one never being enough. Mom supplied the popular Pumpkin and Pecan Pies this year and I fulfilled my husband's special request of his favorite Cappuccino-Fudge Cheesecake, once again with help from Liv. As our master decorator, she provided us with a gorgeous array of beautifully adorned mini cheesecakes bringing smiles not only to the cakes but to everyone's faces as well.
Cappuccino-Fudge Cheesecake is a pleasure that one doesn't easily forget. Its luscious, creamy texture combines with the coffee enhanced flavors layered with Kahlua laced ganache and a crunchy chocolaty crust to produce a dessert worthy of any and all special occasions. Oft requested by not only my husband, but other friends and family for special occasions, this exquisite indulgence will be the hit of your event.
Decorated with reserved ganache and topped with chocolate covered espresso beans the cheesecake is visually appealing as well as scrumptious. For years I used a 10 inch springform pan for the cake, but recently switched to using mini Panettone paper molds for individual servings. Far easier than making those perfect cuts while everyone is eagerly waiting for their piece!
Luckily we have leftovers... and I've come to the conclusion that cheesecake for breakfast is not all bad!
Cappuccino Fudge Cheesecake
adapted from Epicurious