29 August 2005

Chai Tiramisu

Ahhh decadence! Three of my favorite flavors together (chocolate, chai, and expresso) in my all time favorite dessert, tiramisu! This recipe came from the pages of Oregon Chai's website.

Chai Tiramisu
1 cup Oregon Chai Concentrate
20 oz. Cream Cheese
6 Tbsp. Sugar
4 Egg Yolks
1/2 cup Espresso
1/2 cup Coffee Liqueur
2 oz. Rum
1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
12 Ladyfingers
6 oz. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Beat cream cheese, sugar and egg yolks until smooth. In a microwave, heat espresso, Original Chai Concentrate, coffee liqueur, rum and nutmeg until just warm. Add the ladyfingers and soak.

Finely chop or grind chocolate chips using pulse setting on food processor or blender. Line a 9" X 5" loaf pan with plastic wrap. Place 1/2 of the lady fingers up sides and on bottom of pan. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the ground chocolate and half of the cream cheese mixture. Add a layer of ladyfingers (using 1/2 of the remaining amount) over cream cheese mix. Add another layer of 1/3 chocolate and the rest of the cream cheese mixture. Lay the remaining ladyfingers on top. Refrigerate 12 hours. Unmold and sprinkle with remaining chocolate chips.

02 August 2005

Amazingly Simple Home Remedies

Thanks to Julie and Phil for the following amusing advice!


1. If you are choking on an ice cube, don't panic. Simply pour a cup of boiling water down your throat and presto. The blockage will be almost instantly removed.

2. Clumsy? Avoid cutting yourself while slicing vegetables by getting someone else to hold them while you chop away.

3. Avoid arguments with the Mrs. about lifting the toilet seat by simply using the sink.

4. For high blood pressure sufferers: simply cut yourself and bleed for a few minutes, thus reducing the pressure in your veins. Remember to use a timer.

5. A mouse trap, placed on top of your alarm clock, will prevent you from rolling over and going back to sleep after you hit the snooze button.

6. If you have a bad cough, take a large dose of laxatives, then you will be afraid to cough.

7. Have a bad toothache? Smash your thumb with a hammer and you will forget about the toothache.

Sometimes, we just need to remember what the rules of life really are--you only need two tools: WD-40 and Duct Tape.
  • If it doesn't move and should, use the WD-40.
  • If it shouldn't move and does, use the duct tape.

And remember:
  • Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  • Never pass up an opportunity to go to the bathroom.
  • If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You get another chance.
  • And finally, be really nice to your family and friends; you never know when you might need them to empty your bedpan