First off thanks to all of those who have taken the time to respond to my homework request. If you haven’t done so please go here and help out. Thanks. Second let’s answer some reader mail:
You are so good with body acceptance and you seem to roll with the punches. Do you ever have “fat days” or days where you have a break down?
Of COURSE I have what most people call fat days. Days where I put on pants that fit literally three days ago that now somehow feel like sausage casings and I’m ripping through them. I try and remain calm and remind myself that there is no way I ate THAT much food in three days to gain that much weight to make the pants not fit. I also remind myself of what is usually the culprit…MDP doing the laundry. He does the laundry (and I fold it). He loves the dryer. He loves to put everything into the dryer. At the same temperature. The jeans eventually stretch out but that first hour in them makes me feel like I am in the garbage shoot from Star Wars with the walls closing in on me…except it’s the lycra closing in on me.
And do I ever break down and cry? Um, I’m a Cancer which is a water sign. I was born in a water year. I am pretty much made of tears. I cried today over the dog that was the baseball mascot who passed from away from cancer…they had a tribute video. I made the poor choice of watching it. Anything animal related gets me…like those darn Sarah McLachlan depressing pet commercials. I think they should make an ice cream flavor called “I just watched the pet abuse commercial with Sarah McLachlan” because I could totally eat a pint after watching that commercial.
You get hitched yet or what?
Let’s just say that I haven’t had my wedding yet.
You use vanilla bean paste a lot on here. I can’t find it at the store. Can I use vanilla extract instead?
I can’t find it at the store either. I started using it when I did a research and development job for a bakery and have been using it ever since. I order mine on line. Usually from Amazon, like this Nielsen-Massey Vanillas 4-oz. Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste..
But you can certainly use vanilla extract. There is just something about seeing the specs of vanilla that just make me more happy for some reason.
You said you have been reading more lately. What is on your summer reading list?
I tend to read more non-fiction as a general rule. I think it’s the science nerd in me. Right now I am reading NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children. I think it’s the former school teacher in me that wanted to read this. Next up to read is Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Sedaris tends to crack me up and the title is certainly interesting. And if you haven’t read it yet Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was my favorite book from last year!
Enough questions let’s talk food. I wanted tiramisu. I wanted Oreo’s. I wanted Oreo Tiramisu. But all of the Oreo Tiramisu I found used the Oreo as the lady finger and I didn’t want that. I wanted ladyfingers. I wanted mascarpone mixed with double stuffed filling. I wanted crushed Oreos on top of that. And I wanted mocha instead of espresso. Mission accomplished. Oh and I learned I don’t like mini Oreos…way too much cookie and not enough filling. Speaking of the cookie, don’t discard the cookie pieces you don’t use, save them to make a pie crust for later.
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1 package Double Stuffed Oreos, middles removed, cookies saved for another recipe
16 oz mascarpone cheese (you can sub cream cheese if need be)
1/3 cup granulated sugar
½ tsp. vanilla bean paste
¼ cup mocha coffee (I just went and got one from Starbucks and then just drank the rest of it)
2 packages ladyfingers (there were 24 small ones in each package) or sponge cake
2 cups crushed Oreos
Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream together the mascarpone cheese, sugar, and Oreo fillings until smooth, about 2 minutes.
Add the vanilla bean paste and beat for another 30 seconds.
Using an 8×8-inch dish (or individual cups) lay down rows of ladyfingers so that the bottom of the pan is covered. There will be gaps but that is fine.
Brush on some mocha with a pastry brush to get the ladyfingers moist with the coffee.
Pipe on a layer of mascarpone mixture. Piping is easier than spreading. When you try and spread on the moist ladyfingers it gets ugly.
Sprinkle about 1/3 of the crushed Oreos.
Then repeat until you run out of ingredients.
Top with more Oreos if you would like.
Refrigerate for a few hours to let the flavors get to sink in and get to know each other.