Yesterday was a good day in many ways, despite the sobering events of the week-end in Charlottesville. We went to church, where we heard a sermon I would have expected to hear, a sermon that reminded us that we are called to be better, both as individuals and as people.
I often sketch as the service is happening because I'm often at multiple services on a Sunday. Yesterday I made this sketch:
Years from now will I remember the context? Or will there have been events so much more extreme that this week-end's events will seem dwarfed?
We came home and relaxed. We had delicious grilled cheese and tomato sandwiches. We also made tiramisu. We were invited to a friend's house for halibut, and I volunteered to bring dessert. I made tiramisu primarily because I like it, but it's also light in a way, and it doesn't require turning on the stove, a plus in these hot, humid days.
We had a wonderful dinner with our neighborhood friends. Once again, there was a strange moment when we realized we all had once been at the same school but now no longer had those ties, not any of us. Happily, we didn't spend much time talking about the politics or the future of the old school. We also didn't talk about national politics much, although we did briefly talk about North Korea.
It was wonderful to catch up, good to remember why we go to the efforts that we do to live where we do.
And if you need an easy dessert recipe, this tiramisu couldn't be much easier, although it does require dirtying multiple dishes.
It's from Moosewood Restaurant Book of Desserts.
I doubled this recipe because I wanted to be sure we had enough; as is, this recipe serves 5 generously, 6 modestly
8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. cocoa
1/2 c. whipping cream
2-4 c. coffee (you can add in some coffee and/or amaretto liqueur)
Whip the cream in one bowl. In another bowl, beat the mascarpone cheese, sugar, cocoa, and vanilla together. Fold the whipped cream into the mixture.
Pour the coffee into a shallow bowl or pan. Soak the ladyfingers for a minute or two on each side. You can then create individual bowls or one big bowl. Put the soaked ladyfingers on the bottom of the bowl (and the sides, if you like). Add the whipped cream mixture. You could keep doing this in layers or not.
Refrigerate for at least an hour and serve cold. You can top with grated chocolate or cocoa or raspberries--whatever you'd like.
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