brownie-bottomed peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake

aka BBPBCCC or B2PBC3 or just straight up delicious. I originally found this recipe at Group Recipes, a food social networking site. I stumbled on it (actual, Group Recipes terminology) and knew I HAD to make it. Someday soon after that (sometime back in January), I dragged my poor boyfriend to the grocery store and then made him do all the heavy mixing of cream cheese and peanut butter when we got home. In typical, spontaneous-baking fashion, I had no intention to eat the entire cheesecake myself (and Matt doesn’t even like cheesecake) so I needed to bring it elsewhere .. so I could have a slice and not be tempted by the rest. I attempted to bring it to work on MLK Day, only to find the office closed, so it sat in my fridge a few days more and then I brought it to staff meeting that week and everyone there devoured it. Noga, my RD, made me promise to make it for her again for her birthday, which happened to be this past Friday (just like Sarah!)

Being home on spring break, I took advantage of my mom’s heavenly Kitchen Aid stand mixer and baked up my 2nd-ever brownie-bottomed peanut butter chocolate chip cheesecake. I’ve only got some beginning pictures and an end picture, with the cake still in the springform pan, seeing as transporting it any other way would’ve likely done some damage. If Noga saves me a slice, I’ll update this with a piece of the “cheesecake heaven” as she called it.

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a fitting beginning: a birthday.

The saddest part about this blog is that it took me so long to start it — who knew naming a food blog could be so difficult?! I’ve had other blogs in the past – though not dedicated to my cooking or baking adventures – and they’ve all failed at some point or another when I decide nothing is exciting enough in my life to post to the interwebs. BUT – I have faith in this here blog because this last year or so has been a whirlwind in the kitchen.

Rewind a few years and I was probably only in the kitchen waiting for the water to boil for macaroni and cheese or licking the bowl after my mom poured brownies and cakes into the pan. “Following in my sister’s footsteps” or “copying my sister” – something I’ve been doing for 20 years and has probably gotten on her nerves 20,000 times – I started baking and I remember thinking – all I’ll ever do is bake! Think of all the cakes and cupcakes and brownies and desserts to be made! Everyone loves dessert and chicken is just so .. bland in comparison.

And then sometime this year (probably around the time I decided I didn’t need want a meal plan) I realized the more practical thing to do is cook (this is a very easy realization when you don’t have a meal plan and are tired of eating out, but get hungry). Since then, I’ve done a lot of cooking and (still) a lot of baking and I’ve gotten good enough at it that when I mentioned to people that I was thinking of starting this blog.. they actually thought it was a good idea. So, here goes nothing.

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