Saturday, November 18, 2006

Day 18: Dessert

Tomorrow, I'm having friends over for dinner.My grad school advisor, Don Compier, is in town for the American Academy of Religion conference. He's bringing a couple of his friends and I've invited a few friends. All told, there will be nine of us (possibly 10), but I digress.... I'm making beef stroganoff (seemed like a good thing to make on a cold, fall afternoon.) The conundrum, however, is dessert.

I have a Cheesecake Factory Original cheesecake in my fridge. I was going to make a raspberry-pinot noir reduction to go over it. My friend Rio Grande Valley Girl once said of my reduction, "This is better than sex." That's option 1.

Then I started thinking perhaps I'd make oatmeal cake instead. It's a recipe my mother made when I was a kid (and still makes) that is so incredibly yummy.

It involves oatmeal, coconut, walnuts and a topping made with lots of butter, brown sugar, more coconut and more walnuts. (I'm salivating just thinking about it.) When I make it, I usually "go European" and serve it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream on the side. That's option 2.

Decisions, decisions....

I can't decide....

Maybe I'll just make two desserts and give people options....

4 comments:

Sister Mary Lisa said...

When in doubt, do both! They both sound great.

Mary Ellen said...

Make both. Or serve the cake with whipped cream and raspberry pinot noir sauce...

Wish I could join you!

Janet M. Kincaid said...

SML: I think I'm going to do just that.

ME: It occured to me last night that perhaps I could offer a third option and the original reason for the pinot noir sauce: three scoops of iced delights--raspberry sorbet, lemon sorbet, and Godiva dark chocolate ice cream. But then that would be overkill and would look like I was trying too hard. Still...

Wish you were joining us, too!

Swizzies said...

Mmmm, I'll take one of each...