Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes with Cinnamon Whipped Cream

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I’ve been wanting to try making cheesecake for ages now, but until I moved in with the Boyfriend, there really wasn’t much of a point of making an enormous cheesecake just for myself (well…at least not a very healthy point!). I helped my aunt make one a few months ago when I visited her, just a basic NY Cheesecake and it kind of failed :( The flavor was good, but it had huuuuuge cracks all in it and the crust was soggy.

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See? You can tell there is way too much moisture from the pooling in the area where a slice was removed. I read that mini cheesecakes were more forgiving, so I went searching for yummy (easy) recipes.  The one I’m about to share with you is one from PinchMySalt, Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes. I usually tweak recipes on my second or third go-around, so this one is, for all intents and purposes, the exact same recipe. I am just sharing my experiences with it :).

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Mom’s Stuffed Jalapenos

Mom’s Stuffed Jalapenos

My mom used to make these fairly often for my dad and brother, who both like spicy food. I, however, do not like even a teeny tiny little bit of spiciness. Too much burning in my mouth! My boyfriend loves them, so I got the recipe (more like process) from my mom and dad. Hopefully you will enjoy them more than I do!

(Note: I have no idea how to make the pork stuffing, I recently moved in with my bf and my parents provided me with various pre-made things, such as dumpling meat, sauces, dough, and other frozen meats.  It’s basically ground pork, sugar, salt, pepper, napa, chives or some other green thing, chinese fivespice, and…other stuff.  I’m sure you can find various recipes for this versatile meat online.)

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Ingredients:
Jalapenos (a lot of them, usually the smaller ones are spicier so we use those, I think i had like 20 or 30)
Mom’s Ground Pork Dumpling Meat
Veg Oil
2 Minced Garlic Cloves
¼ cup Water
2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
Sugar
MSG
Chicken Flavoring?  (Box says Granulated Chicken Bouillon Flavoring)
(another note: this takes FOREVER, be prepared to spend at least an hour, if not more, preparing this)
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Intro

The standard first blog posting is to say basically this: “Here is my new blog! I plan to post in it A LOT! Make sure to check on me often! It will be SUPER INTERESTING”

THIS first blog posting is saying basically this: Here is our new blog. My sister and I plan to post in this whenever we have something we think you’ll like. Hopefully it will be interesting. :) Both of us enjoy trying new recipes and fiddling with them. I personally love baking the best and am just starting to learn how to cook. I can’t say what my sister loves most (not because I can’t, but because I just don’t know…what a good sister I am!)

I have some goals in mind for myself, things I’ve never made or never succeeded in making. Here are some of them :)

  • Bread (it just never rises…I don’t understand?)
  • Cheesecake
  • A full on frosted layer cake
  • Stuffed and roasted poultry of some kind
  • Xiaolong Bao
  • Pineapple Buns
  • Dan ta (Egg Custard Tart)
  • Pie with lattice crust
  • Pie with any crust…
  • Cream Puffs
  • Any sort of Risotto (never even tried this before)
  • Crème brûlée

-DumplingSkin