Trouble with the Curve…

I watched Trouble with the Curve on Christmas night while snuggled up eating Chinese food (which was surprisingly a little too hard to find a place that was open)and of course all that ran through my head was the part in Christmas Story where they sing farararara-rararara. :D I liked the movie though the part with Clint Eastwood going blind makes me nervous and worry about my parents getting older. The part we will concentrate on though is how his lawyer daughter while good at her job realized baseball is what was in her blood.

I often watch shows like Triple D or other restaurant shows where they interview the owner and often they had a change of career. And more often than not it’s because their parents owned a restaurant when they were growing up. I learned about 10 years ago that while I enjoyed teaching in some aspects (the kids and inspiring part) it was really cooking/baking that I wanted to do with my life. I knew I didn’t really want to own a restaurant though tons of people nudge me all the time to open up a bakery (negative Ghost Rider). So in a way I combined what I liked doing (the teaching and inspiring part) and my love of food. I really think that is what blogging is…if done right.

The best part of blogging for me is when people come back and say I made this. Now if it doesn’t turn out I feel really bad as I try to put up only stuff that works as there is no point in putting up a recipe that didn’t turn out for me. Sometimes people try and fail. That happens to me as well. The big complaint I get is mine didn’t look like yours. Hi…I’m Peabody. I’ve been running a blog where I style things to look good for what will be 8 years coming up. Before that I went to pastry school. I don’t expect yours to totally look like mine if you are a novice baker. That’s okay…worry about how it tastes!

Hopefully you got a lot of cooking stuff for Christmas. This is the first year ever that I hardly got any cooking stuff. This was however the first Christmas where all but one thing was a complete and utter surprise. That my dear readers just doesn’t happen when you are an adult. All good stuff too. :) The cooking items I did get were a cookbook and Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 2-Quart Round French Oven, Cherry and Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 4-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Flame. I own bigger French Ovens but really needed some smaller ones. Super excited.

Quite a few people were curious as to what our Christmas dessert was. It was a spin in Smitten Kitchen’s Brownie Mosaic Cheesecake…but a Peppermint Bark version as I still have tons of peppermint bark (I went overboard with making it this year and then hoarded it thinking I was going to do more with it). This has a lot of peppermint flavor and next year I will probably do half peppermint bark and half chocolate chips because there was no doubt there was peppermint in there. The brownie mosaic makes it extra special but also takes time. This is a make people go wow dessert. Also know that if there are pieces of brownie in there it does make cutting easy. The piece you see is the piece I cut the best. :D

I’m off to spend my gift card on cookbooks…got any suggestions…


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  1. I saw Trouble with the Curve too, only I saw it on Christmas Eve with my parents. It was a good movie, but then again I like most movies with Clint Eastwood :)

    Your cheesecake looks great! I got several baking pans for Christmas that I can’t wait to try out. One was a 4 inch springform pan, so it’ll be nice to make a tiny version of this cheesecake. :)

  2. As a fledgling just out of the nest this year, I got a Ninja slow cooker and a Le Creuset 4.5qt oval in cherry for Christmas. I have spent over 24hrs trying to decide what to make first, mostly since I am forbidden from opening the boxes until I return home! (Suggestions welcome though!)

  3. I made a peppermint version of the recipe from Smitten Kitchen last year for the holidays. I put peppermint in the brownies and cheesecake too. In my mind you can never have too much peppermint! Happy Holidays

  4. What a beauty! A heavenly cheesecake.

    Happy Holidays.



  5. @jen yeah the peppermint mellowed a little over time. I didn’t even think about adding peppermint to the brownie! Good idea.

  6. @Ellen- mmm…a Ninja and Le Creuset! Nice. Well any of the slow cooker stuff on this site can be made in the Ninja. I actually use that exclusively now unless I have to have more than one crockpot!

  7. Notes from a Kitchen!

  8. Hi Peabody,
    Do you like the brownie component as a “stand-alone” brownie recipe? I’ve been wanting to try the 1-Bowl, unsweetened chocolate type of recipe, but I can’t tear myself away from the Baked brownie.

  9. What is the difference between a French oven and a Dutch oven?

  10. @carrie- good question don’t know

  11. Congrats on getting the Le Creuset cookware! I’ve been trying to get one of those for awhile, whilst trying to convince the hubby that it’ll be awesome for cooking dinner in the oven. One of my goals for 2013 is to bake more, so I need more baking pans. I finally got a loaf pan, and found an awesome heart shaped silicone shortbread pan and a large brioche pan. I’ve never made either, but I have some awesome recipes I’ve been wanting to try.

  12. We only care how things taste around here [which I’m sort of lucky for, since our stupid oven over-browns everything]. Early in our marriage I tried to make a pumpkin bûche for Yule & the cake totally stuck to the towel. I ended up peeling off as much cake as I could & mixing it with the frosting — we ate the entire thing out of the mixing bowl for the next two days. It still tasted awesome & my husband reassured me that he didn’t are about “fancy-looking” food as long as it tasted good. :-)

  13. @Carie & Peabody: They’re the same thing — Le Creuset simply called their pots French ovens & other companies started doing it too — but they’re all technically Dutch ovens.

  14. This looks so yummy! Love peppermint and chocolate anything but as a cheesecake! That’s even better! :)


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