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Money in the Bank #1…Oh, and Chocolate Souffle

Piggy BankThe wise and venerable Smart Mouth Broad has tasked our dear interwebz with a weekly feature alá the Spin Cycle – let’s all get together and share ways to save money.  Voila – we give you Money in the Bank.

I think it’s a dandy idea.  So here I am.  Oh, and looky here – I’ve brought my soap box along for the ride, too.

Ahem.  Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day*.  Beloved has already fulfilled his obligation showered me with lovely gifts for this superfluous “holiday” with this and this, reasoning (and rightly so) that he would spend that much on flowers and candy – things that wouldn’t last.  Ahhhh – now there’s a thought!

Money in the Bank Tip #1 for Valentine’s Day: Gentlemen, if you’re going to spend money, buy something that she’ll be able to keep for longer than a few days.  It doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful (the key word here being “thoughtful”).  That being said, you should pay close attention to the first sentence of the next paragraph…

My good friend Twenty Four at Heart observed in her creatively-named Valentine’s Day post “Cupid is an Asshole” that, “Quite honestly, the most romantic meal in the world would be if a man put the effort into making a candlelit dinner for two at home.”  Since I can be reasonably sure that isn’t going to happen and since I also believe I’ve mentioned that Beloved is notoriously hard to buy for, I’m taking the easy way out:  I’m making dinner, including his favorite dessert, and then will pull some lingerie out of mothballs and spend the rest of the evening giving various parts of his body various massages.  Ahhhh – another thought!

Money in the Bank Tip #2 for Valentine’s Day: Ladies, you know what he wants.  YOU KNOW WHAT HE WANTS.  Give it to him!  Put some thought into it!  Put some effort into it!  You know that somewhere in your closet or dresser is something lacy or slinky that you haven’t worn in so long he’s forgotten all about it (although, granted, not as well as you may have).  Get it out.  Put it on.  It will make him happy and won’t cost you a red cent.  And you never know – you may end up enjoying it too.

So, there you go – two very sound pieces of advice for not only saving money, but surviving Valentine’s Day.  And you thought I couldn’t multitask.

Oh, and the Chocolate Soufflé in the title?  Beloved’s favorite dessert.  Here’s the recipe, as my Valentine’s Day gift to you, dear interwebz.  While it’s best started the evening (or at least several hours) before you plan to bake it, it is absurdly easy to make.  And it’s not expensive, either.  Serve it with some good vanilla ice cream – this is one of those gooey, intensely chocolate affairs.

Note: While the original recipe calls for this to be baked in small, individual springform rings, I bake it in a pie plate or small soufflé dish and serve it from there.  Not quite as elegant a presentation, but it is easier and it certainly doesn’t detract from the taste.

Chocolate Soufflé

Serves 4, or Beloved

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate

3/4 cup sugar

1 3/4 tablespoons cornstarch

2 eggs, plus 2 egg yolks

In a saucepan over low heat, melt the butter and chocolate.  Set aside.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk the sugar and cornstarch together.  In another small bowl, whisk the eggs and egg yolks together.  Whisk the melted butter/chocolate mixture into the sugar/cornstarch mixture, combining thoroughly.  Stir in the eggs, just until smooth.  Refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Preheat oven to 400° F.  Butter a 9″ pie plate or small soufflé dish well.  Spread the chocolate mixture in the dish, and bake in the top half of the oven for 20 – 25 minutes.

Serve immediately.

*Re-reading this post, it sounds rather snarky.  I didn’t mean for it to, but I don’t have the time/inclination to re-write it.  I love you dear, and I love the figurines.  They look so nice in my new curio.





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