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A Little Creativity

Posted: April 17, 2011 | Author: Alyssa | Filed under: Alyssa | 2 Comments »

This year when I moved into my new apartment, I was excited to see that it had a dining room.  Unfortunately I quickly realized that I have no furniture for  a dining room, so I really had no reason to be excited.  In fact, it even has these great built in glass front cabinets for china…that I use as bookshelves.  So finally, FINALLY, a couple weeks ago while I was at IKEA I decided to bite the bullet and buy a table.  But now, I have no chairs.  Eventually I’m sure I will get my dining room (and life) together, and at that point I will be extremely excited to be able to have people over for a legitimate dinner rather than pizza on my coffee table in front of the Pats game ( don’t worry I’ll turn the TV so we can still watch the game, what kind of fan do you think I am?).   Because I haven’t been able to have people over and put together a meal for more than just me, I have all these creative ideas backing up in my head.  Sometimes I have to let one or two out so that I my head doesn’t explode like a water balloon that you leave on the faucet for too long.  Tonight was one of those nights.  I’ve had this idea for a while, and tonight I decided to put it into action, or at least see how big a failure it would be.  So this evening I made my first ever parmesan bowl. 

All I did was grate about a cup of parmesan and put it in a really good non-stick pan over medium heat.  I sprayed the pan, just in case, but it probably wasn’t necessary.  Spread the cheese in a even layer on the bottom of the pan and let it sit until it all melts and forms a disk.  Once it starts to get a little brown turn the heat off and let it cool in the pan for a couple minutes until it is cool enough to handle but still pliable.  Put it in whatever size/shape bowl you want and let it cool fully and harden.  Then you can do anything you want with it, just be careful.  The shell is pretty resilient, but still breakable.  I used mine as a salad bowl tonight, but that was just beacuse thats what I had for dinner.  I’m really liking this idea, I think I’m going to test it out with different cheeses and shapes…perhaps I’ll starts a whole new trend of cheese sculpting (probably not, that sounds gross).  Hopefully boyfriend won’t get too excited about this next statement but I think this would make a pretty good taco shell too (he really likes tacos).   Leave some of your creative ideas on what you might do with this.  I know you have them…

PS.  I figure this could go unsaid, but its also super delicious.  It kind of filled in where croutons should have been in my salad.  Yum!

2 Comments on “A Little Creativity”

  1. 1 Leanne said at 9:48 am on April 18, 2011:

    I think you should use them like you did the phyllo cups and fill them with mashed potatoes. Maybe in this case garlic mashed? Or you could use it as a pasta bowl. The sauce might leak out but the cheese would be yummy. The only thing is the cheese would probably get soft again because of the heat… I could come up with more but I’ll let you have some of the fun :-)

  2. 2 Alyssa said at 9:58 pm on April 18, 2011:

    I kinda dig the pasta idea, because even if it got a little melty you could just mix it in.

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