Saturday, August 13, 2011

Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Thursday night, Mr. J and I got into a fight.   We were out on a date at a new restaurant in the next town over.  The Blue Cottage is known for their seafood.  Mr. J loves seafood.  Especially fried seafood.  Espeically the everything fried seafood platter. 

The bill read like this...

Grilled salmon sandwich  $13.99
Water                                 $ -
Seafood combo platter      $30.99
Cocktail                             $7.50

Can you guess which 1/2 was mine?  I don't know why but it is incredibly frustrating to me when 75% of our food bill is for Mr. J.  I don't know if I will ever get over these feelings.  Let's just say the evening did not end well.

Then, I read Jennie's post.  Lesson learned.  And I made some pie.  Cherish those you love everyday.

Creamy Peanut Butter Pie
From In Jennie's Kitchen
Serves 10 to 12

8 ounces chocolate cookies
4 tablespoons butter, melted
4 ounces finely chopped chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped peanuts
1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces cream cheese
1 cup creamy-style peanut butter
1 cup confectioner's sugar
1 – 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Add the cookies to the bowl of a food processor and pulse into fine crumbs.  Combine melted butter and cookie crumbs in a small bowl, and stir with a fork to mix well.  Press mixture into the bottom and 1-inch up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.  Pour over bottom of cookie crust and spread to the edges using an off-set spatula.  Sprinkle chopped peanuts over the melted chocolate. Place pan in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling.

Pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat using a stand mixer or hand mixer until stiff peaks form.  Transfer to a small bowl and store in refrigerator until ready to use.  Place the cream cheese and peanut butter in a deep bowl.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Reduce speed to low and gradually beat in the confectioner's sugar.  Add the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice. Increase speed to medium and beat until all the ingredients are combined and filling is smooth.

Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream into the filling mixture (helps lighten the batter, making it easier to fold in the remaining whipped cream).  Fold in the remaining whipped cream.  Pour the filling into the prepared springform pan.  Drizzle the melted chocolate on top, if using, and refrigerate for three hours or overnight before serving.


  1. Haha our restaurant bills are the same way! And our grocery trips, bar tabs, etc...

    Well, at least we get to spend $ on pampering :) Maybe a pedicure will help make the feelings go away.

  2. Ha! My husband tends to choose the higher priced dishes as well. Darn those men!

    Glad you made Jennie's amazing PB pie!

  3. I love all the pies for Mikey.

    I keep thinking about perspective and how we nee to stop sweating the silly things.

  4. Ahh. Too funny that is ALWAYS what our bill looks like too!

  5. Seeing Jenni's post made me want to instantly hug and hold on to my fiance. We get in petty little disagreements all the time (most of them just jokingly), but we always end up laughing at eachother at the end. This peanut butter pie looks absolutely delicious, and what a great contribution to the tribute to Mikey =)

  6. Looks creamy and delicious!

    My heart goes out to Jennifer and her family.

    My family and I never leave the home or go to bed without telling each other that we love them.

  7. I'm sorry about the bill disagreement. Hubby and I tend to look a the total bill and the experience....but we're both pretty cheap dates. Your pie is lovely....

  8. Shame it makes a tragedy make you realize what is important. It has made me step back and think a couple times this weekend when hubby has made me mad! Great pie!

  9. Beautiful pie and wonderful reminder to live life to the fullest.


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