More than 17 million children struggle with receiving regular nutritious meals every day. This doesn't happen in some far off land. It happens right here in the USA. During the season of lavish parties, gifts, and merriment, many are struggling with receiving the most basic of needs.
How you can help: go to the Share Our Holiday Table's donation page and PLEASE make a donation.
How I'm helping: When my friend, Gaby, asked if I'd like to participate in a progressive blogger dinner to raise awareness of childhood hunger in the US, I jumped at the chance. I love this community I'm involved in and am always thrilled when I have the opportunity to join others in such a wonderful event.
My contribution is dessert, my favorite part of any meal. I'm not a big fan of overly sweet desserts so it took me a while to Frankenstein this dessert from various other recipes I had in my file and tweak it a bit. The shortbread crust is just buttery enough to pull it together beautifully; the tangy cream cheese is lightened up with whipped cream; and it's topped with a wonderfully tangy sweet Pomegranate Mousse that just tastes like silk in your mouth.
2 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup cold butter, cubed [2 sticks]
3/4 cup pistachio nuts [optional]
Place flour & sugar into a food processor and pulse twice. Add chilled butter and pulse several times until the texture is grainy. If you don't have a food processor, use a pastry blender or 2 forks to get to the grainy texture. Add nuts at this point. Press all the ingredients into a 9x13 pan or less than 1/2 the ingredients into a 8" tart pan. Bake at 350 for 15 - 20 minutes. Let cool.
Cream Cheese Filling:
1 8oz package of Cream Cheese, room temperature
16 oz of heavy whipping cream, whipped with 3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 - 1/2 cup of sugar, suit to taste
1 tsp vanilla
Blend Cream Cheese with sugar until well combined. Add vanilla, fold in whipped cream. Pour on cooled crust and refrigerate until set.
Pomegranate Mousse topping:
8 oz PomWonderful 100% pomegranate juice
1/3 cup sugar
Juice from 1/2 lemon
Zest from 1 lemon
1/2 package of gelatin
8 oz heavy whipping cream, whipped with 1 tablespoon sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla
Combine PomWonderful Pom Juice, sugar, juice, and zest in a medium sized saucepan. Reduce until half or until it reaches a syrup consistency [should coat the back of a spoon]. Let Cool. Once the Pom syrup has cooled, fold into whipped cream. Pour over cream cheese filling and refrigerate until set.
Decorate with Pistachio nuts & pomegranate arils, if available.
For more recipe ideas, please visit the talented and lovely blogs of my foodie friends.
December 14: Dessert
- Little Bo Bakes (read the post)
- Hunter Angler Gardener Cook (read the post)
- TableFare (read the post)
- Cooking On the Side (read the post)
- Devour The World (read the post)
- Hoosier Homemade (read the post)
- For the Joy of Food (read the post)
- Daydreamer Desserts (read the post)
- The Food Junkie (read the post)
- Tartelette (read the post)
- Cook It Allergy Free (read the post)
- Gluten Free Girl
- The Blog (read the post)
- The Urban Baker (read the post)
- Heather Christo (read the post)
- We Like to Cook, and Eat (read the post)
- Plum Pie (read the post)
- What’s Cooking (read the post)
- Dine and Dish (read the post)
- The Evolving Cook (read the post)
- Katrina Runs for Food
- The Whole Gang (read the post)
- Jenn Cuisine-- A mostly gluten free cooking blog. (read the post)
- Creative Cooking Gluten Free (read the post)
December 9: Soup
- edible cville (read the post)
- The Runaway Spoon (read the post)
- A Girl, A Market, A Meal (read the post)
- Ladles and Jellyspoons (read the post)
- Two Dollar Dinners (read the post)
- All About Alton Brown (read the post)
- Cookie Central's Great American Bake Sale (read the post)
- Celiac Teen (read the post)
- Celiacs in the House (read the post)
- Gluten Free Life with Jen (read the post)
- And Love it Too! (read the post)
December 7: Drinks
- Food Woolf (read the post)
- The Gringo Chapin (read the post)
- Neo-Homesteading (read the post)
- Three Many Cooks (read the post)
December 6: Appetizers