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Featured Recipe: White Chocolate & Lime Cheesecake Bars from Lindsay Bohl

Posted: March 31st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments: Dork out with us! »

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This week we are featuring the five winners of the 2009 New World Symphony Bake-Off, which took place on Sunday. We asked each winner to answer a few questions and share their recipes (if they so choose).

Our first featured baker is Lindsay Bohl, 2nd-year violist in the New World Symphony. Lindsay was the winner in the “Cookies & Bars” category with her White Chocolate & Lime Cheesecake Bars. They were super delicious. Sweet, but subtle, and the hint of lime that goes a long way. The oreo cookie crust is the cherry on top of the sundae!

We asked Lindsay a few questions about this recipe:

haircut3Where did you get the recipe? I got this recipe from epicurious.com. I love anything with lime which is why I tried it.

Does this particular recipe have any special or sentimental meaning to you? Obviously since I got it off the internet, it has no sentimental meaning to me, although it might now since it lead me to the coveted golden spoon.

Would you change anything if you baked this again? Or is there something you’d like to try differently? When I made this the first time, I used Lindt white chocolate with coconut. For the bake-off, I used plain white chocolate. I think that the coconut chocolate gave it a delicious hint of coconut and added a bit more complexity. I fed it to several tasters and even the ones who weren’t coconut fans liked it. I think if I were to do it again, I would probably go with the coconut.

What was your overall favorite dish at the bake-off? My favorite dish at the bake-off was Rachel’s white-chocolate raspberry cheescake. And I don’t even like white chocolate!

(On a side note – Rachel’s cheesecake was, as they say, “to die for”. And her cake decorating skills are right up there with the pros. I wish I had a better photo of it, but you can kind of see it here.)

Well, here’s the recipe!

White Chocolate & Lime Cheesecake Bars
7 ounces high-quality white chocolate (such as Lindt), chopped, plus white chocolate curls (optional garnish)
27 chocolate sandwich cookies (about 11 ounces)
1/2 cup chilled whipping cream
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, room temperature
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon finely grated lime peel
Lime slices or lime twists (for garnish)

Line 8x8x2-inch square baking pan with foil, extending over all sides. Stir chopped white chocolate in small metal bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water until melted and smooth. Remove bowl from over water. Finely grind cookies in processor. Add 2 tablespoons melted white chocolate and blend until mixture clumps together. Firmly press mixture onto bottom of prepared pan. Chill while making filling.

Beat whipping cream in medium bowl until peaks form. Beat cream cheese, sugar, lime juice, and lime peel in large bowl until smooth. Beat in remaining melted white chocolate. Fold in whipped cream in 2 additions; spread over prepared crust. Chill until filling is slightly firm, at least 2 hours. Using foil as aid, lift cheesecake out of pan. Cut into 9 bars. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired, and lime slices or twists.

Some things Lindsay did differently:

1) In addition to the white chocolate in the crust, I also added about 3 tablespoons of butter to make it stick better. Otherwise I think it would be too crumbly.
2)I added an extra tablespoon of lime juice and about an extra 1/2 tablespoon of lime zest to make it more limey.  I personally think it would not have been enough lime without the extra.


2009 NWS Bake-off!

Posted: March 30th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments: 2 Other Dorks »

This weekend, I hosted the second annual Bake-Off for the members of the New World Symphony. It was a huge success! We had 26 entries spread out over five categories, and literally everything looked and tasted great. Who knew musicians could bake so well–especially considering the unpredictability of the ovens we all have in our rooms. Everyone who attended voted, with golden spoons going to the winner of each category, and the “Golden Spatula” going to the overall favorite – a TIE! This week, I will be featuring the five winners and their recipes (if they’ll share them!) on dork-a-thon.com  Check out some of the highlights below, and stay tuned for more this week!

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The Spread

Pumpkin Bars - from Jeanne

Pumpkin Bars – from Jeanne

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake - from Rachel

White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake – from Rachel

Turtle Bites - from Ingrid

Turtle Bites – from Ingrid

Fudge - from Jordan

Fudge – from Jordan

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Tarte Tatin – From Jonas

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The Winners!

Miscellaneous Category – Tiramisu – from Emile
Cookies & Bars – White Chocolate Lime Cheesecake Bars – from Lindsay
Breakfast items – Bacon Cheddar Scones – from Emma (me!)
Cakes & Cupcakes – Carrot Cake Cupcakes – from Alison
Pies & Tarts – French Silk Pie – from Jordan

The grand prize (the golden spatula) was a tie between the Bacon Cheddar Scones and the Carrot Cake Cupcakes.


Mondays with Merce

Posted: March 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Dance | Tags: , , , | Comments: Dork out with us! »

Merce Cunningham Studio is offering free webcasts of interviews, performance clips and technique class at the company. Merce Cunningham turns 90 this year, and amazingly, he is still teaching class. This is a fantastic opportunity for artists of all forms to learn from one of the greatest modern dance choreographers of our time. In my opinion, Cunningham is a true master of making art from real life. He also has an incredibly interesting way of interpreting music; never too attached to the music, but always aware of it. Even at 90 years old, he is still innovative, and endlessly creative. Check it out!


Where the Wild Things Are

Posted: March 27th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments: 1 Other Dork »

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Dear “Hollywood”,

I have never asked anything of you before, so please grant me this one request – please, oh please, don’t let this movie suck. The potential for this film to reignite the imaginations of so many of us that grew up loving the book is so great and – I’m sorry to say – I don’t have complete faith that you won’t disappoint us. In fact, there are many of us out there who are pretty worried. However, the trailer is absolutely beautiful and you have me feeling pretty optimistic about the full movie. Keep it up – we are all counting on you!!

Most Sincerely,
Jason


Shot Today: Musical Implements

Posted: March 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Music, Photography | Comments: 2 Other Dorks »

This will in no way be a regular thing (perhaps semi-regular), but here’s some photos taken today: Musical Implements.

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