So what meal did I choose to start of my new year of challenges? An easy one, that is for sure. And one AJ has been asking for nearly every week of 2010.
Ok, well maybe he didn't ask for the Tiramisu, but I was a on a role of Italian food, and couldn't let it stop.
The alfredo is one friends made for us when we visited almost 2 years ago, and AJ loves it. Super simple. Here goes.
In a small saucepan melt 1/2 cup of unsalted butter. When it is all melted, add 8 oz of cream cheese. Stir with a spatula until the cream cheese has melted into the butter and it combines. Add 2 tsp of garlic powder and salt & pepper to taste. Once everything is combined, slowly whisk in 2 cups of milk, then add 2 cups of Parmesan cheese. Cook over a medium heat stirring constantly until it has reached desired consistency. Remove from heat and combine with cooked fettucini noodles.
Now onto dessert! Tiramisu is one of my all-time favorite desserts to order at a restaurant. It is super decadent and full of flavor but somehow not too heavy. Once I drove over 30 minutes away to get tiramisu with my friend - the town we lived in did not have the restaurant we wanted! This was a simple recipe that didn't have to sit, but can be made ahead. First I dissolved 3 Tbsp instant espresso powder in 3 Tbsp hot water, then added 1 1/2 cups cold water. Into a mixing bowl went 8 oz softened cream cheese, 3/4 c heavy whipping cream & 1/3 cup sugar. This got mixed until light and fluffy. I grabbed my dish and got ready. A very small amount of the cream cheese mixture was spread on the bottom of the pan, then I dipped lady fingers in the espresso mixture and layered them on the bottom of the dish. Once the bottom was completely covered, I added 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture and spread it out evenly. I repeated with 2 more layers of ladyfingers and cream cheese, ending with the cream cheese mixture. I covered it tightly with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for today. Before serving today I sprinkled with cocoa powder. Delish! There are many fancier recipes out there, and certainly those that contain marsala or even coffee liqueur. I like this one because it is simple, items you tend to have at home - save for the ladyfingers - and certainly child friendly!