Once upon a time, in southern Texas, there lived a displaced leprechaun cowboy. How he, an Irish leprechaun, came about living in the heat of southern Texas, was a mystery, something that he never talked about. Leprechaun cowboy was a loner, with only his dog Lucky as a pal.
Every day, he put on his favorite cowboy hat,
his favorite cowboy boots,
and got into his dump truck and made his way to the local landfill where he worked. Every day, he toiled in the Texas heat, carrying loads and dropping them off. One day, as he was driving along, he saw a glimmer among the trash heap. As he got closer, he realized that a rainbow was directly above the glimmer, and he continued to follow it until he came upon the source; a pot o’ gold! He was so shocked to have found such a treasure and pondered over what to do with it. He called Cash For Gold, traded in his pot, and found himself with a handsome sum of money, all of which he decided to donate to charity. The local newspaper heard about his generosity and awarded him…
After that, he was no longer a loner. He made friends and became well known throughout the town. He even got himself TWO cowboy hats. And he and Lucky lived happily ever after.Oh, and did I mention, leprechaun cowboy is a Tarheel fan. Go Heels!
Happy St. Patty’s Day!
-Heather and Melissa
Green Velvet Cheesecake Bars
Green Velvet Layer:
2 cups flour
1 ½ cup sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking powder
2 large eggs
⅔ cup vegetable oil
3 tbsp milk, divided
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp green food coloring
1 ½ tsp white distilled vinegar
12 oz cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350˚ and spray a 10 x 15 jelly roll pan with cooking spray and set aside.
- For the green velvet layer: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons milk, vanilla, green food coloring, and vinegar.
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients until completely combined. The batter will be so thick you can pick it up, more like dough. Remove ½ cup of the batter to a medium bowl and whisk the remaining 1 tablespoon of milk into it.
- Place remaining batter into the prepared jelly roll pan and using your hands, smooth out the batter to reach the edges of the pan.
- For the cheesecake layer: With a mixer, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined and no lumps remain.
- Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the green velvet layer and smooth it out to reach all edges of the pan.
- Drop spoonfuls of the reserved green velvet batter onto the top of the cheesecake layer and drag the tip of a knife through the green velvet and the cheesecake layers to create swirls.
- Bake for 23-25 minutes, rotating half way through, or just until the center is set and it no longer jiggles. Let cool completely before cutting out shapes.
Source: The Novice Chef