Today is my blog's birthday. One year old. If I'd planned better, I'd have started the blog two days later, on June 16, so Leopold Bloom and I could celebrate together. Happy Blogsday has a nice ring to it.
So, you get it now, don't you?
There is no such thing as a perfect pantry.
A pantry can be well-stocked, well-stacked, and well-rounded.
But it's always a work in progress, with new items coming in, and old ones discarded.
I've had so much fun opening the doors of my pantry. Thank you for peeking in! Your ideas inspire, amuse, encourage and teach me. I love the recipes you share, your wonderful comments to me and to each other, and your suggestions of new pantry items and sources.
A reader's comment led to the discovery that, yes, there are bookworms in my pantry; another reader has suggested an informal pantry exchange, so folks outside the US (or from one region of the country to another) could experience the joys of local favorites like Old Bay Seasoning, Miracle Whip, real maple syrup and New Mexico chiles. I'm working on that.
By the way, while you've been busy learning about ingredients, I've been poking around in the deeper recesses of the pantry. There are more shelves and cupboards, filled with what the Two Fat Ladies called, in a way that made it sound almost obscene, kitchenalia. My collection of more than 200 wooden spoons. Assorted cooking utensils (why does someone who doesn't measure have four sets of measuring spoons?!). Pots, pans, tagines, cazuelas. Blenders and processors. Mixing bowls made of glass, ceramic, stainless, and my newest passion — melamine bowls from the 1950s. A growing collection of Bundt pans and bento boxes. Skewers! Steamers! Strainers! Springforms!
We just might have to go there, one of these days.
Today, though, I want to thank each one of you for reading, sharing, commenting and laughing. You are my absolutely favorite ingredient in The Perfect Pantry.
(Here's where we met, a year ago.)
Chocolate outrageous pie
What better way to celebrate a blogsday than with something that's both chocolate and outrageous? I found this in a little black notebook of recipes cut out of newspapers and magazines, some as long as 25 years ago. I didn't note the source, so if you recognize this recipe, please let me know. All of the ingredients are straight from the pantry, as you can see in the photo. Note: this pie can be frozen.
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups sugar
4 squares unsweetened chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1 tsp pure vanilla extract or 1/2 tsp mint extract
4 eggs (I use large eggs)
1 baked 9-inch pie crust (I use Pillsbury, baked blind)
Whipped cream and shaved dark chocolate, for garnish (optional)
In the bowl of a Kitchenaid-type stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter and cream cheese together until fluffy. Slowly add the sugar and beat until mixture is creamy and sugar is dissolved. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla, and blend. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating for 4 minutes after each egg. Pour into baked pie crust and refrigerate 2-3 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and grated chocolate, if desired.
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