Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cheesecake Malfunction


You’ve probably heard the old saying “too many hands in the soup spoils the pot”, right? Well, in my case it wasn’t a pot, it was a freshly baked cheesecake.


I yiyi. (Oh and, Blogger is still having it's way with me--not saving posts and making font sizes crazy. Sorry.)


I was making Valentine’s dinner for my husband and four friends-- Short ribs, carrots and potatoes, all slowly cooked in the oven until the beef fell apart with the touch of a fork and the carrots and baby potatoes bathed in the flavors of deliciousness from the wine, rosemary and thyme gravy. It was seriously good if I do say so myself.


It’s a cold weather kind of dinner and a much heavier meal than this crowd usually eats, but it was a special occasion and I thought we could break our diets for one night.


We’re those people waiters and waitresses hate-- The kind that either only orders appetizers for a main course or worse-- each couple shares a meal. Oh, and none of us drink alcohol so a table for 6 really boils down to cheap dates and small dinner checks. But we do tip well to make up for it.


Anyway, for Valentine’s we were going to have potatoes and gravy and more calories than usual so of course I decided to go for the gusto and make a cheesecake too. I figured, if we’re going to blow the diets we might as well go all the way and spend extra time on the treadmill later.


At least that was the plan. And then, with very sore hands and wrists from arthritis, I mistakenly pulled the cheesecake out of the oven too fast and nearly dropped it. The only thing that saved it from falling was by grabbing the cake by the bottom and the top-- juggling it on my oven mitts as if in slow motion until I finally made my way to the countertop.


The end result was my giant oven mitt handprint smack in the middle of the cheesecake.


Not very appetizing.


No, I didn’t take a picture to share like a good blogger would. I was too busy curing like a drunken sailor while I mopped up cheesecake off my kitchen rug and floor. You see, after I smashed my mitt into the cheesecake that sucker became hotter than hot and I flipped it off my hand-- Which of course meant the mitt landed cheesecake side down on my floor.


Three pounds of cream cheese, two pints of sour cream and way too much sugar to admit later, I decided the universe was telling me to pay attention to our diets (and hearts, and sugar levels, and weight, and cholesterol, and everything else that goes with not eating fattening cheesecake) and did not rush to the supermarket to buy duplicate ingredients to start all over again.


Nope, for Valentine’s we had a wonderful short ribs dinner and fresh raspberries for dessert-- no sugar added.



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39 comments:

DJan said...

That's a real shame, Joanna! It was probably really good, but who knows for sure? Raspberries never sounded so good... :-)

bill lisleman said...

I have always heard it as "too many cooks in the kitchen".
But now that I read your post maybe it's too many oven mitts in the oven?

Brian Miller said...

i am crying...planning a funeral service for cheese cake i only wish i knew...smiles....

Izzy said...

Good choice! =) Sugar = bad, raspberries = love!

Cloudia said...

hey don't cry over spilled sugar, Hon - plenty more coming your way!



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Barbara Shallue said...

Ah, what a shame! But the raspberries were better for you (keep telling yourself that!) I'm glad you had a wonderful Valentine's Day anyway!

Simone said...

That sounds delicious! I like chicken tortilla soup for a cold recipe dinner.

Taradharma said...

ever hear the expression, "Shit happens."?? Too bad about the cheesecake, but, no sense crying over spilled milk (and it kind of WAS spilled milk....). The dinner sounds fabulous and is one of my personal favorites. How nice of you to cook for everyone!

Betty said...

I know these moments well. They usually happen when you are trying to bake something extra special. So I guess the birds got the cheesecake? :) They will be happy.

The short ribs sound delicious too!!

SueAnn said...

How awful!! Cheesecake on the floor is no fun at all!!
And I love cheesecake! Sigh
HugsSueAnn

Flartus said...

Oh, man, I was hoping you'd say you managed to change the mitt-print into a lovely heart filled with pink-tinged whipped cream and sprinkled with cinnamon hearts.

Well, raspberries are nice, too.

Webster said...

The short ribs dinner at my house would have been superceded by a cheesecake parfait, layered with raspberries.

Ms Sparrow said...

I'm shedding a tear for your "spilt"
cheesecake. Alas!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Bummer about the cheesecake.
When I waited tables, it never bothered me what people would order, just as long as they were nice, which I bet you are--your waitstaff probably LOVES to see you walk into a restaurant and order only appetizers and water!

Eva Gallant said...

What a bummer! I would have been tempted to sit down on the floor with a spoon and go at it!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love yummy and warm feel good meals like that, and I especially enjoy using my crockpot!

Nezzy said...

Oh darlin', I haven't allowed myself cheesecake (and I am a lover) in so long I fear I'd just grabbed a fork!

Really, I'm Nezzy...ya'll think my floor's not clean enough to eat off of??? Heeeheheheh!!!

Sorry, that was sooooo a Deep Clean Friday moment.

Sounds like ya'll had a great dinner anyway.

I adore puttin' a pot~roast in the oven with carrots and 'taders to cook slowly all day. Problem bein'...when I do that I have to bake homemade hot rolls. It's just something that overpowers me!

You have a beautiful blessed weekend sweetie!!! :o)

Tammy said...

You poor thing, all that work, but at least you saved your waistline, right. I think the raspberries sound better anyhow. Congrats on your 3rd anniversary!!

CiCi said...

You had good intentions, Joanna. The dinner sounds so good. So fresh berries for dessert was not only wiser but kinder it sound like. Sorry you had all that work and then had to let it go. I commend you for continuing to write posts and publish them. The font size is not a deal breaker for the readers. The words are what is important.

Christine said...

your dinner sounds delicious! Sorry about the cheesecake,maybe it was for the best in a way!

LadyFi said...

That was a shame! But fresh raspberries are delicious too.

fiftyodd said...

I can so relate to so many things in this post. Lovely stuff. The Valentine cheesecake photo is unbelievably beautiful.

Shrinky said...

Oh you poor baby, I think we've ALL been there at some time. Have to confess, I haven't much of a sweet tooth, but I ADORE cheesecake of ANY variety, so had that happened to me, I would have been livid! Still, the main course sounds to have more than made up for it - oh my, that sounds delicious, mmmmmn (insert Homer voice)!

Formerly known as Frau said...

Dinner sounds delicious and sorry about the cheese cake! But I think you salvaged it well....and your diet too! Have a wonderful weekend!

otin said...

And that is why God made toppings...to hide our mistakes...lol

CC said...

Oh no!!!!!!!!! I'm crying for the lost cheesecake. I love that stuff!

gayle said...

Did you save any of the cheese cake? I've never made one but I've eaten tons! Your supper sounds yummy!

JillsyGirl Studio said...

Sounds like it ended up being the perfect dinner anyway!

Sweet Tea said...

That is a tear jerkin' tragedy!
Cheesecake, where have you gone, blessed cheesecake?!
* sniff

Tracy said...

OHHHH NOOO! that is too bad about the cheesecake...but yur meal sounds scrumptious!

Joyce said...

Sometimes we just have to work with what we have and you did my friend!! It sounds like a perfect ending for a perfect beginning. xo

Michelle said...

And you didn't still serve it? C'mon, a handprint could have been turned into a heart somehow for Valentine's Day, right? So glad you didn't burn yourself. That would have been ugly!

WhisperingWriter said...

Oh no, poor cheesecake.

Raspberries are still tasty.

Davine said...

I can only imagine the mess you ended up with - oh well there will always be other cheesecakes I guess

Attila the Mom said...

I'd have scarfed it down, mitt print and all. LOL

Anne H said...

BLESS your sweet heart! What a story. I MIGHT have eaten it anyways.... .lol

Holly said...

Dear Snarky Sister!
I am disappointed that you did not call me to help you fix this No Drama situation!

You simply needed to let the cake cool, chunk it up, and load the chunks into smart look glasses and put raspberries sans sauce on top!

What's the matter with you?! Do I need to come out there and pinch you on the arm for being so wasteful?! geeze

Okay, my favorite cold weather meal is a roasted chicken with root veggies and smashed taters.

And, if we could be eating it together, that would be the raspberries on the chuncked up cheesecake of life. Oh, those are pretty glasses! Joanna, you are so freakin' clever!!!

Relyn said...

Still sounds delicious.

lacochran's evil twin said...

Sometimes the simplest offerings really are the best. On the other hand, even ugly cheesecake is still delicious! :)