Top 5 Guilty Pleasures
1. Barry Manilow Did you know that Can’t Smile Without You is a professional football team’s song? If that doesn’t make your day, I just don’t know. Try not to sing or hum Barry’s greatest hit today.
2. Trashy Reads I grew up with a neighbor who got tons of magazines, including all the tabloids. When she was done reading, she’d stick them in a clear plastic bag and hang a gossip-filled gift on the fence. It’s how we recycled back in the day.
3. Regifting Just this week, my mom gave me new pocket protectors. A stack of them. Part of me wanted to ask what for, but some gifts are best accepted with a quick thanks and hasty retreat. I don’t want to spoil anything, but some of you may be getting an extra nerdy gift soon.
4. Microwaves Sure, I enjoy baking things in an oven. But I also love the instant gratification of a microwave. Kale chips in a few minutes? Get out. Salted caramel apple cake, pumpkin mug cake, or chocolate pudding for dessert? Twist my arm.
5. Gratuitous links to previous posts
Of course, you can’t top the penny candy aisle at a Five and Dime. Or a big bowl of cheese puffs.
More grate looking cheese curls on Serious Eats – the coating looks especially good, but I didn’t use that recipe. I took the easy way out and finished the baked puffs with a tablespoon of cheddar popcorn seasoning. No guilt here, thank you very much.
Great with sharp cheddar. If cheese is soft, freeze it before grating on the smaller holes of a box grater. These puffs are gluten free, guilt free, and not nearly as salty or addictive as the store bought kind.
- 4 egg whites
- 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup finely shredded cheese, frozen
- 1 tablespoon cheddar popcorn seasoning
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment paper.
In a mixer, whip the egg whites with cream of tartar to form stiff peaks.
In a separate cup, blend egg yolk, garlic powder, and salt.
Fold egg yolk mixture and cheese gently into whipped egg whites.
Scoop mixture into a pastry or plastic bag. After filling bag, snip a small corner off the bag and gently start piping. You'll fill 2 trays with puffs.
Bake for about 25 minutes.For crispier puffs, turn the oven off and leave them in oven another 10 minutes. Coat puffs with cheddar popcorn seasoning by shaking all in a bag. Let cool before storing in an airtight container.
Use leftover egg yolks for lime bars, custard, or quiche.
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