Since Halloween is officially here I guess there is no better time to start posting Thanksgiving recipes. Growing up, my family and I would often travel to California to spend Thanksgiving with our family friends, The Meixels. We would go to Disney Land or Knott’s Berry Farm, go to the beach, play football, and eat a wonderful meal together. We did this for many years and then people went off to college and moved and things just got busy and we stopped going. After I met Cliff he and I would always travel somewhere over the Thanksgiving holiday. We went to Wisconsin Dells with his family for a few years, we went to Mexico one year, we went to London, Rome, and last year we went to the Amalfi Coast. But this year we all decided to head back to California to see our family friends. There will be about 13 of us and I am really looking forward to it.
Oftentimes I find myself laying in bed or on the couch watching Food Network and Cooking Channel. It’s a bad habit really since I will undoubtedly turn the TV off feeling ravenous. A couple weeks ago I was watching David Rocco’s Dolce Vita. I like his shows in particular because of the Amalfi Coast episodes. The Amalfi Coast is one of my most favorite places evahhh. Also, I think he’s kind of dreamy.
I cannot believe it is Sunday night and I have to go to work tomorrow morning. This weekend went way too fast. We had some friends visiting us from Virginia this weekend and we kept very busy going to museums and eating. Today, I surprised Cliff with Chicago Bears tickets and we all headed to the game. It was pretty cold up there in the 400 level seats but the last quarter of the game made it all worth it. Unfortunately, our friend’s flight was cancelled because of the hurricane. So they may be here for a little while. But Cliff and I still have to go to work tomorrow. Booo!
When considering what kind of desserts to make I have a few criteria that must be met. If I am going to take the time to bake something and then consume a criminal amount of calories it better be worth it! It must have chocolate or caramel or cheesecake. Bonus points if I can incorporate a cookie crust into this dessert somehow. The answer is usually to make a multi layered dessert with a little bit of everything. I like chocolate. I like caramel. I like cookies. Why not combine them all for a truly sinful dessert? My friend Melissa made this for my birthday this year. In January. We all really loved it, so I of course requested the recipe. She immediately sent it to me. I had planned to make it right away but when I looked at the ingredient list I saw vanilla caramels listed. What is a vanilla caramel, and where do I buy them? I puzzled over this vanilla caramel situation for awhile and before I knew it I had forgotten all about the dessert I loved so much.
Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I understand that to many people Cauliflower Soup may sound kind of…bleh. But I grew up eating my Grandma, Mom and Aunt’s cauliflower so I know how good it can be if prepared the right way, and now it is one of my favorite vegetables. So…to me this recipe sounded like something I had to try right away. My expectations were really high!