The Moosewood cookbooks are pretty badass. I'm a longtime vegetarian, but my devoted carnivore boyfriend (he's both a devoted boyfriend who is a carnivore AND and devoted carnivore who is a boyfriend!) likes pretty much everything we've made from it. Also, The Gourmet Vegetarian Slow Cooker is good, although a little fussy.
A friend of mine inserted himself into the article on Peeps as their original inventor. The whole thing lasted for several years, and he was cited in the NYT a couple of times. It's not just undergrads who use Wikipedia as a primary source!
@all: Crust was excellent, but I didn't bake it long enough. For a weird pile of cream cheese and sugar, it still tasted pretty good!
Crust: package of Trader Joe's vanilla snap cookies, half a cup of pecans, 4 tablespoons of melted butter. Grind up in a food processer until it's the consistency of damp sand, then press into a springform pan.
Cheesecake: 3 packages cream cheese (I use neufchatel), 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 1.5 tablespoons flour, 2 teaspoons vanilla, a pinch of salt. Bring the cream cheese to room temperature, then beat the hell out of it with a mixer of your choice. Add the sugar, then the eggs, vanilla, salt, and flour. I usually just leave the Kitchenaid running while I'm making the crust, probably 5-10 minutes.
Pecan pie filling: 3/4 cup Karo syrup, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 3 eggs, 1 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1 1/2 cups pecans. Mix everything except the pecans and chocolate chips until the mixture looks smooth-ish, like diabetes in a bowl. Stir in the pecans and chocolate chips.
Baking and assembly: Preheat oven to 350. Pour the cheesecake batter into the crust so that it fills the pan about halfway, then carefully, gently, so very gently, spoon the pecan pie filling on top. Bake for about an hour, or until the middle is set.
Caveat baker: I haven't eaten this yet! It's an experiment!
@LacunaKale I knooooooowwww, but what if the layers mix and it doesn't set and then I go to cut into it at Fakesgiving tomorrow and it collapes into a weird pile of sugar and cream cheese, and everyone laughs?
(Answer: I will distract them with liquor)
As of this moment, the chocolate pecan pie cheesecake I have in the oven has 32 minutes left to bake. So afraid!
Ohhhh, man, I am in the middle-- well, beginning-- of doing my dissertation research on this very topic, which means I've read just about every piece of literature out there. It is astonishing how much handwaving goes on about an area where the evidence is truly conflicting and complicated.
@Reginal T. Squirge
Oh! I had one that was almost amazing and then totally wasn't. A couple of years ago, I was waiting on a flight home from a wedding and this very, very hot boy sat at a table next to me. He had a full-sized Scrabble set sticking out of his backpack and was reading a physics article, and we, you know, eye flirted for a while, probably 60% of which was in my head but I SWEAR at least 35% was real (5% margin of error). I chickened out in part because I am a wuss and in part because it was early and I was a gross, unshowered, hungover mess (on my way home from a friend's epic wedding).
Anyway, after I got home I kept thinking about Scrabble Boy and finally a posted a missed connections ad. And he wrote back! We exchanged pictures and everything! And we had a date set up, to go drink coffee and play Scrabble!
...and then he stood me up and never called me again, so yeah, missed connections are the devil.
Arriving in this thread to extoll the wonders of Elle MacPherson unlined bras for the top-heavier among us. They are both pretty AND comfy, and I wear a 34E. Every so often they show up on Gilt or Ruelala or one of the other terrible, terrible sale sites for $40, ish, but I kind of think they're worth it at full price?
Also, clearly vinegar-enabled bralessness is nutso.
@TheAnticouth Heh, well, when I say "I," what I mean is "all those bright shiny research assistants." Me, I analyze the data. But yes, fMRI.