The Perfect Shavuos Menu

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Four Cheese Flatbread

Shavuos is just around the corner. Quick – what do you think of first? Me too. Images of cheesecakes start dancing before my eyes, calling my name as they do every year. I love them and they love me so much they just plant themselves on my hips, forever – now that’s love. This year Shavuos begins the evening of June 7 and ends the evening of the 9th. I wonder, how many cheesecakes I can squeeze into 48 hours?

Polenta

Creamy Polenta

Have I got a menu for you! It’s not all cheesecake, unfortunately, but I will start with that. I know you are not supposed to start with dessert, but in my family, it’s our solemn tradition. No really – my mother always ate her chocolate mousse first ‘cuz she was worried she wouldn’t have room for it at the end of the meal. Smart lady, that Momma of mine; why should I tamper with her genius?

Coeur a la Creme

Coeur a la Creme

So to honor her, and my love of cheesecake, I tried something super sensationally different than your everyday ho hum cheesecake: Coeurs à la Crème with Rhubarb Compote -- creamy, smooth and so absolutely decadent. Coeur is French for heart and it’s traditionally made in a heart-shaped mold (so cute!) Be still my heart, this baby is so bad it’s GOOD! I confess that I use regular ramekins or bowls instead of heart-shaped ones, but if you’ve got heart-shaped molds, go for the gold!

Not ready to start with dessert at your Shavuos feast? Oh, okay – you can always begin with bread – my Four Cheese Flatbread with Basil. How can you go wrong with FOUR cheeses? Then you can dig into that Coeurs à la Crème…

Sundried Tomato and Brie Stuffed Portabella

Sundried Tomato and Brie Stuffed Mushroom

No, I mean, then you serve Sun Dried Tomato and Brie Stuffed Mushrooms – featuring the divine smoky, “meaty” flavored Portobello caps, and then Coeurs…no, Wilted Spinach with Crispy Garlic and Creamy Polenta. And speaking of creamy, did I mention Coeurs à la Crème for dessert?

Have you ever tried Coeurs à la Crème? Will you now?