Friday, August 29, 2008


Synonyms for original

Sense 1: First (vs. last)
Sense 2: Primary (vs. secondary)
Sense 3: (vs. unoriginal) avant-garde, daring, freehand, freehanded, fresh, new, novel, germinal, originative, innovational, groundbreaking, newfangled, new, underivative

Not me unfortunately. I'm at it again. Not original and making something mine from someone's else's recipe. So to begin, I really enjoyed the Zucchini-Ricotta cheesecake (101 cookbooks) and wanted to make a variation, again. It's not novel, first, or avant-garde but it's mine-ish. I LOVE mushrooms so I wanted to make a Mushroom and Artichoke cheesecake. I needed the proportions (egg and ricotta amounts) so that's why I feel like a poser. I also wanted the goat cheese IN the cheesecake this time to see how that tastes too.

Mushroom Cheescake:


1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tbsp. real butter
10 oz. sliced button mushrooms (I used Crimini)
1/4 cup sour cream
3 eggs
1/3 cup shredded parmesan cheese
2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
2/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint
2 Tbsp. chopped garlic
1/4 cup sliced shallots
1 1/2 cup diced marinated artichokes
1/3 cup chopped roasted red pepper (jarred is great too)
1 tsp. lemon zest


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a 7" Springform pan with oil.
2. In a large frying pan, over medium heat, brown the mushrooms in the olive oil and butter. Cook the mushrooms, stirring constantly, until they are "dry" and aren't juicy in the pan. Let cool.

3. Beat the eggs with the sour cream until fully incorporated. Add the parmesan, ricotta, and goat cheese. Stir well.
4. Add the oregano, mint, garlic, lemon zest, and shallots.
5. Add the artichokes, cooled mushrooms, and red pepper. Stir everything together well.
6. Put mixture in oiled Springform pan and place on a layer of aluminum foil to prevent any possible leaks from the bottom.

7. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes (an eeeensie jiggling in the middle).

8. Allow to cool in pan. Remove sides of Springform pan and slice. Have a glass of Chardonnay.

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