Girl Versus Dough

double chocolate mint cheesecake

double chocolate mint cheesecake on cake stand

Well, lookahere. I made a cheesecake. A chocolate cheesecake. A chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate crust. A chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate crust and a creamy mint topping.

If you’re not drooling like I am at this point, I don’t think we can be friends (just kidding. We can still be friends. But then I get to eat all the cheesecake).

Fun story about this cheesecake: It’s part of Betty Crocker’s annual Red Hot Holiday Trends! Oh, you don’t know what that is? Well you should, because it’s kind of amazing. Each year, Betty Crocker comes up with a list of upcoming food trends for the holidays. This year, there is some extra yummy stuff going on, like Sweet and Savory Cookies, Jam Cocktails (WUT) and Merry Mashups. My cheesecake is part of the Copycat Candy trend, because it tastes just like a freaking Andes mint, I kid you not, but in cheesecake form (OK, are you drooling now?).

cheesy southwest black bean egg bake

Southwest Egg Bake

Happy day-after-Thanksgiving, friends. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and are currently recuperating from massive food comas (I know I am). That’s why I’m here with more food for you.

But wait! Before you go because you can’t stand to look at another Thanksgiving or leftover-related food item, let me tell you this isn’t any of those things. Instead, it’s a thing you can make for the weekend ahead, a thing that works really well for brunch with your family and/or friends, a thing that you will actually want to eat even after eating so many things.

So anyway, here’s the deal: We’ve got an egg bake going on. But not just any egg bake, ho ho no — it’s an egg bake with black beans and cheese and other Southwestern flavors, then topped with sriracha (not so Southwestern, but still yummy). And that’s not even the best part. The best part? You can prep it tonight, sleep in tomorrow and still have it ready for brunch. Can I get an AMEN?

a little makeover + a happy thanksgiving

Girl Versus Dough redesign

Hi there! Just popping in before the big turkey day tomorrow to show you the little (read: Big. Awesome. Amazing.) pre-holiday makeover Girl Versus Dough underwent these past couple of days. The lovely and fantastic ladies of Wooden Spoons Kitchen literally took all of my random, garbled babbling about all the pretty things I wanted my blog to have/look like and turned it into THIS. They’re geniuses. And magicians. And I can’t thank them enough.

So have a look around (especially at the new recipe index!). Take a peek. Do some fiddling (not like with a fiddle, duh — unless you do that, too, in which case by all means, PROCEED). Let me know if anything seems weird or wonky, please. And enjoy settling into this fancied up new home with me.

I would have a recipe to share with you today, but 1) I’m about to be all up in Thanksgiving vacation mode soon and I assume you are, too, and 2) the next recipe I have for you is really quite perfect for the weekend ahead. So I’ll be back on Friday with some brunch-like yums for you.

Until then, a very happy, peaceful, food-stuffed and love-filled Thanksgiving to you all. I heart you so.

classic hot toddy

classic hot toddy cocktails on table

My amazing, wonderful, hilarious husband, Elliott, decided to take the blog reigns today for a guest post about cocktails (something he enjoys and I enjoy when, you know, I’m not growing an onion in my belly). In case you’re in need of a classic hot toddy for the holidays, for that nasty cold or because it’s got bourbon in it and that’s all you need to know… well, Elliott can fill you in more on how to make this tasty beverage (P.S. photos are still by me so the artist at work had both hands free to create his cocktails).

It’s 28 degrees and snowing in Minnesota today. I’ve just finished raking and bagging the last of the leaves. After my glasses fog up coming back inside, it’s time for something to warm me up. Because leaves are the bane of my existence.

How about something classic? How about something piping hot, sweet and containing alcohol? YES PLEASE.

Not just something classic, the classic. That would be the hot toddy thankyouverymuch (see what I did there, Stephanie?). There’s endless variations, but I like to start with the traditional: bourbon, lemon juice, honey and hot water. So let’s pretend it’s the 1800s and a hot toddy can cure you of that nagging cold or flu. Or the beginning of a long Minnesota winter.

turkey pancakes

turkey pancake on plate

Or, alternately titled, “When Steph Admits to the Interwebs That She Still Plays With Her Food.”

It’s true. I went and made some spiced Thanksgiving pancakes and then dressed them up like a turkey. Because I can.

But seriously — can’t you just see yourself and your family enjoying these festive pancakes for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning? I mean, you could just eat regular old pancakes, or you can spend 2.5 extra seconds making these and it will be like everyone is getting double the turkey that day, for which they will be doubly happy. And thankful. Happyful.

thanksgiving leftovers nachos

thanksgiving leftovers nachos in baking dish

Ohmygoodness, do you know what is happening here? Pretty much the combination of my favorite foods into one dish: Thanksgiving leftovers, and nachos. I just… I can’t even… ugh. I wish I still had leftovers of these leftovers.

Funny story about these nachos: I actually made them on Halloween. So while we were handing out candy to the costumed kids, we were simultaneously munching on Thanksgiving-themed nachos. Then we had Halloween candy for dessert. My head was so confused by the holiday mash-up, though my belly was all, “GOOD GRAVY GIMME MORE.” (Except there is no gravy on these nachos. Because that would be gross.) (Also, that’s my food baby talking. My real baby will be much more well-behaved.)

Anyway.