Cheese is My Crack

23 Nov

If last week was sushi fest, this week is cheese fest. I have a love/hate relationship with cheese. Some weeks I will eat cheese like there is no tomorrow, other weeks I am kinda meh towards it. It started last night with dinner–homemade pizza made with Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Pizza Dough and topped with baby bellas.

So much cheese, so little time.

Then there was dinner tonight. I love quick meals. And I love quick meals which I can prepare in advance. Inspired by Janetha’s Chicken Puff recipe, I made Chicken Puffs but with phyllo dough.  I made the chicken last night on the stovetop with a new seasoning-Spike. I get so tired of my stand by’s I usually use like garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes this was a welcomed alternative. And the fact that I got it for free doesn’t hurt either.

 I used Trader Joe’s Chive and Onion cream cheese, red onions and mixed together with the chicken.

I then spread on a few thin pieces of phyllo dough, and rolled it into pieces….in no particular style mind you then brushed with extra virgin olive oil and topped with Spike seasoning. I let bake for 15 minutes or until brown.

Such a pretty puff

Not to be confused with Such a Pretty Fat, one of my fave Jen Lancaster books that I am re-reading for the umpteenth time.


I digress…..

I paired up with a baked potato topped with cheese since I can’t control myself

These were absolutely amazing! I didn’t want it this meal to ever end and will be making these again when I am looking for a quick, comforting meal. The cream cheese was obviously the star but I liked the extra red onions that I mixed it. I wonder how it would be with tuna and shredded cheese like a tuna melt?

Next on the cheese list was dessert. Many of you know I am not a huge baker but I am trying to expand my horizons. We have a Thanksgiving potluck at work tomorrow and I wasn’t going to participate. But then I was assigned dessert duty for Thanksgiving day and wanted to try out a recipe before I brought something rancid over for Thanksgiving. So, why not try it on people who I see 40+ hours or week? I had to make something good, yummy and something that would make them adore me. I went with my girl Paula Deen on this one because who doesn’t love Paula? I went to Food Network and looked up her Thanksgiving dessert recipes and finally settled on Pumpkin Cheesecake. Being a lover of pumpkin and cheesecake, it can’t be bad right? Bad for you maybe but taste bad? No ma’am. One problem though–I’ve never made cheesecake. And when I went to the grocery store to pick up the ingredients, I forgot the cream cheese…..for CHEESECAKE! Argh, this was going to be an interested experience. Surely if I followed the directions, it would turn out ok though. With a text and call to Miss Mo, I was on my way! Seriously, I need to start paying her for baking advice.

First thought- “That’s a lot of effin cheese

Pretty orange. I was a bit worried it was going to turn out the color of Oompa Loompas but all was well on the home front.

Soon enough, it was ready to go into the oven for an hour. Two hours of Family Guy was calling my name so this was a perfect way to occupy my time.

So I waited…..and waited….and waited and then the smell of pumpkin and cinnamon worked its way over to the living room and the buzzer went off shortly after.

I went to the kitchen to take it out. Half of me was nervous, another part was excited and the other part of me was hungry and bummed I wouldn’t get to try a piece since I’ve never met a cheesecake I didn’t like and I guess it would be a bit tacky for me to take into work with one hunk of it missing.

But then I noticed something….it was cracked, wtf? Another text to Miss Mo and she assured me it was ok and that hers does that sometimes. Phew! I was in my comfy clothes and not in the mood to go to the supermarket and buy a pie.

So I let cool and popped it in the fridge. Let’s hope the troops are happy with it. And yes, I will be say saying y’all all day tomorrow. Hopefully people will get it since I made a Paula Deen recipe…..or they will think I’m Britney.

I got a nice surprise in the mail today:

Should be as cheesy as the rest of my day, yes?

Anyone else working tomorrow and Wednesday? I feel like I’m the only one out there. Word on the street is after the luncheon we will be able to skedaddle (yes I just used that word) out of there and go home to enjoy the rest of my day. Since I have to go in at my normal time on Friday I am not going to even venture out for Black Friday which used to be one of my favorite days of the year. I have half of my Christmas shopping done already and the other half should be easy to find.

21 Responses to “Cheese is My Crack”

  1. sophia November 24, 2010 at 2:29 am #

    Hahahaa! And obviously, your dessert will have to have cheese, too. I love your love for cheese, my fellow cheese-whore! 😀

  2. April November 24, 2010 at 6:10 am #

    I hope you can use the bathroom after all the cheese LOL!

    I am working today(Wednesday) so I feel ya.

    • simplyshaka November 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

      LOL too funny… went well today HA!

  3. Amy @ Second City Randomness November 24, 2010 at 7:17 am #

    I’m working today! Ugh… hoping to leave early, but it still kinda sucks!

    Nice work on the pie- it sure LOOKS delish.

    I never really got into Jen Lancaster. Not sure why. She’s ok I guess- but I preferred other books to hers. Sigh…

    • simplyshaka November 24, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

      Ay chihuahua. Well, we all have different tastes. We can still be friends 🙂

  4. dianacheung November 24, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    dude I am totally working today!! and my pies crack too…I say it gives it more flavor!! hahaha have a great thanksgiving…and damn….next time buy won ton wraps and make stuff with that…you are giving me all sorts of good ideas with phyllo!

    • simplyshaka November 24, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

      Thanks! I keep telling myself to buy wonton wraps but always forget. Martha Stewart Everyday Food had like a five page spread this summer full of different recipes.

  5. christina November 24, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    bahhaha what the heck is that book title!? i love it. have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

  6. Tamara @ The Stretch Jean Incident. November 24, 2010 at 10:27 am #

    I am indeed working today and it sucks. I just want to go home, hop in my PJs and bake.

    • simplyshaka November 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm #

      I just got home and the first thing I did was hop in my comfy clothes. I think I will nap and save baking for later!

  7. Katie H. November 24, 2010 at 10:52 am #

    Cheese is definitely my crack too. 🙂 Have a great holiday!

  8. Monique November 24, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    I’m not a huge cheese freak. When I was younger I hated cheese. Then I moved to France and got brainwashed haha.

    • simplyshaka November 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm #

      Hated cheese? How does that happen??!

  9. Brittney November 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Made the same recipe- Paula Dean’s pumpkin cheesecake last night! I agree- I’m totally impatient and want to know how it tastes now!!

    • simplyshaka November 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm #

      The people have spoken and they said it was great! I had a bite and it was quite tasty 🙂

  10. Angela (the diet book junkie) November 24, 2010 at 9:55 pm #

    Jen Lancaster is awesome. i read her first book, and it was hilarious! looking forward to reading more of your blog! 🙂

  11. jen November 25, 2010 at 7:13 am #

    Yummmm. Cheese! I love cheese!!
    Your pie looks great!

    Happy Thanksgiving 🙂


  12. Lily's Health Pad November 25, 2010 at 9:44 am #

    Uh wowzers! That pie looks amazing. And I don’t even like pumpkin pie. That sucks that you have to work 😦 Stephen does too. I’ve never done any Black Friday shopping, but I’m thinking about it. Although…I’m not sure what stores to go to! Know of any good deals?

    • simplyshaka November 25, 2010 at 8:57 pm #

      Target is having a great sale starting at 4AM (I believe it’s a two day sale with many appliances for $3) and from what I’ve seen Macy’s and Kohl’s have some pretty sweet sales going on as well. Happy Shopping!

  13. janetha @ meals & moves November 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm #

    I love your spin on the recipe! And I really LOVE cheese.

  14. twobooswhoeat November 28, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    This post makes me want to eat tons and tons of cheese. YUM! I think your cheesecake looks really good!

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