The Class of 2014

Tonight we had a graduation party to celebrate the class of 2014! So many of my friends are graduating tomorrow and moving on into a different phase of their lives. We gathered at Nathan’s house because Nathan’s parents are so incredibly generous of their home and food. It was great to cook and eat with everybody and play silly games like Wa (spelling?) and make funny faces at the camera. Plus, meeting everybody’s families is super weird. 

I made two things for the party: 1) Edamame Hummus, and 2) Cookies n’ Cream Cheesecake Bars. Apparently both were successful, because there weren’t any left at the end of the night! People have been asking me for the recipes all night, so here they are!

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Edamame Hummus 

(adapted from Two Healthy Kitchens) 

yields 1 1/4 cups of hummus

*garlic powder, garlic, salt, and pepper were greatly adjusted to taste*

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen, shelled edamame, thawed
  • 3½ tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ¾ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender. 
  2. Process until well mixed until desired consistency. 
  3. Serve, or refrigerate for an hour to allow flavors to blend. (That is, if you have time. I didn’t.)
  4. Optional: add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Drizzle with olive oil when serving. 

(not my picture ^^ but these look similar. Forgot to take one before they were promptly devoured.)

Cookies n’ Cream Cheesecake Bars

(adapted from La Creme de la Crumb)

serves 8-12

Ingredients

CRUST LAYER

  • 16 Oreo cookies
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar

CHEESECAKE LAYER

  • 1 egg
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • filling from Oreos
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 oreos, halved or broken into pieces

TOPPING

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • water
  • sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line an 8×8 inch pan with nonstick foil.
  2. To make the crust layer: Pull apart 16 Oreo cookies and scrape off the creme center, put the creme in a bowl and set aside. Place all of the leftover cookies (just the black cookie part) In a blender or food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. Add sugar and pulse again to mix. Add melted butter and continue to pulse until mixtures comes together. Press crust mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl whisk egg until light and foamy. Add softened cream cheese, reserved Oreo filling, sugar, and vanilla and blend with a hand mixer until mixture is smooth. Spread mixture over Oreo crust. Gently press broken Oreo cookies into the cheesecake layer. Bake 15-20 minutes until cheesecake layer is set. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
  4. Thaw strawberries in a pot on the stove with water. Add sugar to taste. Mash strawberries and mix until smooth. Serve bars with glaze poured on top. Store in airtight container in fridge.

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It’s been hard to curb my anxiety about these people leaving me and dispersing to all corners of the world. Life won’t be the same without my seniors around campus! If I could say anything to them, … well, honestly, I don’t know what I’d say. I guess I’d tell them thank you, from the very bottom of my heart. I’d tell them that they have changed my life in ways they couldn’t imagine, that they showed me who I am and that I am treasured & loved. I’d say that I know they’re going to do amazing things and that I’d hope we’d keep in touch. 

But that doesn’t even scratch the surface of what I’m feeling right now. To the Class of 2014: I love you all so much and can’t wait until we all hang out again!

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