We finally pulled back into the driveway late last night after a week away from home. Before waking up this morning, I entirely intended to tell you about the trip, but with so many photos to sort through and an important historical event to soak in, I couldn’t quite compile it all together today. By the end of the weekend, you’ll begin to hear my stories, but while you wait patiently, I’ll give you an old one and recipe instead!
On the night before New Year’s Eve, my guy and I decided to celebrate it a day early to avoid the noisy and chaotic crowds. We drove to the movie theater to buy tickets to “Wreck-It Ralph,” and after the sugary candy scenery tempted our appetites, we walked across the parking lot for a late dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.
We ordered our favorites: the spicy Buffalo Wings and Shepherd’s Pie for him, the Fresh Vegetable Salad for me. And because their only desserts I’d ever sampled were the Godiva Chocolate Brownie Sundae and Black-Out Cake, my guy insisted (despite his lactose intolerance!) that we selected a slice of cheesecake to bring back to eat on the real New Year’s Eve.
With two totally different palates (me = chocolate, him = anything but), the waitress checked back three times before we settled on the Oreo Dream Extreme. She quickly bagged it up, along with our leftovers, and sent us off with a cheerful good-bye.
The following evening, we sat in front of the TV to see the ball drop in Times Square with the cheesecake on the table in front of us. I definitely hogged it—well, the fudgy chocolate cake layer anyway—but I let him steal as many bites of the big Oreo pieces as he wanted!
With my lightened rendition, I skipped that fudgy chocolate cake layer to make it more appealing to my guy, as well as adding extra cookie chunks (his favorite part) through the cheesecake. It’s every bit as sweet and creamy as the sinful slices from the official restaurant, but it comes with absolutely none of the guilt!