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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Weeknight Italian Romance

 I'm at that point in life.
Right from wrong has been established, they can dress themselves,
clean their own rooms, and handle household repairs and chores.
My children are grown and close to edging out the front door and into their own lives.
And while they've become interesting people, proficient handipersons,
and excellent students, we have an unconquered frontier:
 Ain't no child of mine walkin' out of this house calling Ramen dinner.
 It doesn't matter how you chop an onion as long as you do it.
Last night, we had chicken portabella
and eggplant portabella,
(with two vegetarians in the house, separate entrees are a must)
Parmesan stuffed tomatoes, linguine and french bread.
How do you top off a meal like that?
 Tiramisu is one of those desserts people always think is a complex,
involved venture.
We're here to offer up an easy version you can have on the table on a Tuesday.
Bonus: mine is low fat!
Yeah, I like these size 8 denim shorts, know what I'm sayin'?

You'll need a few things...
1 cup of sugar
1 package of ladyfinger cookies
1 1/2 cups of strong coffee
16oz of reduced or fat free Neufchatel cheese
8oz of fat free non-dairy whipped topping
2 tbs vanilla
1/2 cup of Amaretto
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/2 cup of sliced almonds
 *Note the vanilla beans in the sugar bin. YUM, people*
 Beat the cheese and sugar until it's fully squished up, light, and fluffy.
 Add the amaretto....
 ...and the vanilla. We make ours. I think you know that.
 Whip until creamy.
 Fold in your tub of non-dairy whipped....stuff.
 In a baking dish, layer half of the cookies and sprinkle them with half of the coffee.
Spread half of the creamy mixture over this.
 Scatter half of the coco on top, then just repeat yourself.
Super complicated, huh?
After you put the last of the cocoa over it, sprinkle on the almonds.
Pop this in the fridge for a couple of hours, flick some cocoa on
your shirt and in your hair to make it look like there was an effort,
and kick back.
Get your AFTER pictures fast.
 If you don't, you'll be stuck with nothing but SOON AFTER shots.


PJ @ Planned in Pencil said...

Any dessert with coffee in it is aces in my book!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

*%$%!! Now why didn't I think to teach my kids to cook me an awesome Italian dinner complete with Tiramisu for dessert before they left home???!!! Lucky girl!

Michelle L. said...

THIS looks tripple-threat amazing! Coffee! Low fat! Easy! Love eet.

La Vie Quotidienne said...

Wow! What variety of orchid do you harvest your vanilla beans from? I never thought of do that.

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

I like how you're prepping them for the real world with desserts! :)