Sunday, July 12, 2009

Patriotic Cheesecake, Holidays, and My Blog's Birthday

We've had a busy couple of weeks in the Tiny Kitchen. There was a (mildly) disappointing day at the freshly opened Thursday Market at the Ferry Building, some holiday with loud explosions and greasy food, and oh yeah! My blog had a birthday!

I'll try to keep the words short so y'all can enjoy the pictures, but let me run them down for you. Just before the holiday weekend, the missus and I travelled down to the Ferry Building for their Thursday market, hot on the scent of chicharrones and peanut butter bacon brownies. Unbeknownst to us, chef Ryan Farr and his tasty pig treats were not scheduled to appear until the next week, so I got all pouty and soothed my wounds with a couple of tacos from Tacolicious.

Pork shoulder and Coca-cola braised steak tacos, to be exact. Yeah, yum. Apparently we got there at just the right time, since the lines for all of the food stalls, including Tacolicious, Namu, and Roli Roti stretched down the sidewalks with the lunchtime financial district crowds. There is Joe, owner of Tacolicious and Laiola, in the picture below getting the goods to his ravenous customers. In the foreground is the busy cook, hurriedly dropping meat into the tasty little tortillas.

And then there was the holiday. Independence Day. July 4th. In honor of the occasion, I decided to dress up my basic cheesecake recipe with strawberries and blueberries. You know, to make it all patriotic and what not. (If you haven't caught my ramblings-on about cheesecake, you're either new or not paying attention. Here's something to get you started.)

The finished product. Quite fetching, if I do say so myself:

And then of course my humble little blog, Six By 10 Tiny Kitchen, turned 2 years old on July 10th. My blog is a toddler! You know, they just grow up so fast. I'm truly honored that you, my faithful readers, have read my witless ramblings for this long. I really appreciate all of you stopping by from time to time and visiting my little corner of the blogosphere. Here's to many more years of eating well!

Celebration: Thanks to all of my awesome friends who raved about my patriotic cheesecake. We had a great Fourth with delicious food, exciting fireworks, and amazing friends. That's what the 4th of July is all about.