I have questions

Does anyone have answers?

1. If you had 2 packages of cream cheese in your fridge, what would you make with them? (Besides cream cheese icing. My brain needs new suggestions.) [EDIT]: And would your suggestion change if whipping cream were added to the equation? Because I have that too.

2. Is it wrong that I am planning to cast on a 2nd fair-isle sweater while still working on Venezia?

3. Further to #2, how many sweater projects is too many? Because I have startitis like burning, and so much procrastination just waiting to get out.

4. In my next set of Korknisse (Korknisses?) I am planning a colour-palette theme. Reds/Oranges, or Blues/Purples?

5. Exactly what proportion of YouTube is filled with clips from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’? I’m guessing upwards of 80%. ;)

Happy Friday!

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  1. #1: Cheesecake, or those brownies with the cream cheese swirl, or perhaps better yet: rugelach. This recipe worked out very well for me: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/109475

  2. Kai

    Have any biscuits somewhere? I second cheesecake. :)

    Maybe start something small. Instant gratification and all!

  3. Cyn

    This is so not what you meant, but…

    Take giant hunk of cream cheese. Warm it up if it’s not soft. Mix in salsa until you’ve got a sort of paste. Spread it over a tortilla, roll up the tortilla into a long skinny tube, then chop up the tube into smaller pieces. Stick the pieces in the oven for 20 minutes or so, then eat ‘em with lots of sour cream.

    Repeat as necessary, or until you run out of ingredients, or until you can no longer fit into your pants.

  4. McAmy

    1. Block of cream cheese + salsa + chips = goooooooood.

    2. No. I have 3 scarves I’m working on at the same time now, because I couldn’t wait to start the 3rd one until I was finished with the 2nd.

    3. 89 is too many. 88 is fine.

    4. My answer will (almost) always be blue.

    5. I don’t know, because at least 80% is also American Idol. Heh.

  5. Potato soup using cream cheese as a thickener; half a block in mashed potatoes–mmm so good!; half a block in home-made mac and cheese; cream cheese/cucumber/Cavender seasoning sandwiches; ooey gooey butter cake; crab rangoon….

  6. Artichoke Spinach Dip…mmmmmmmmmm That’s what I’d make!

  7. Em

    1 — Cheesecake. If you have baker’s chocolate in your pantry, so much the better. Serve with vanilla whipped cream.

    2 — Perhaps wrong in the “forbidden passions” kind of way, but has that ever stopped anyone before?

    3 — probably about 87.

    4 — reds/oranges!

    5 — I don’t know; I use YouTube for looking a old Muppet clips, Tom Leher songs, and the odd spinning “how-to”…

  8. 1. My favorite use of a block of cream cheese, if there are no bagels to be found (and you don’t want to know how much cream cheese I can fit on a bagel) is spread in the bottom of a microwave-safe bowl, covered with a can of chili, covered with a healthy sprinkling of grated cheddar, and microwaved til it’s all bubbling, and consumed with lots of tortilla chips.

    2. I have about ten things on the needles at any given time. Cast away.

    3. If you start mixing up patterns in your head, it might be time to slow down, but otherwise, go nuts?

    4. Purple/Blues.

    5. Only 40%. The other 40 is high schoolers trying to imitate the clips from SYTYCD.

  9. 1. Cheesecake (I’m about the third person to say it, I know.) I like the lemon-flavored kind with a little bit of tangy fruit sauce, but that’s just me.

    2. What, are you afraid the knitting police are going to come get you? Cast on already! I always have a billion things on the needles.

    3. see above

    4. red/orange is my vote. The brighter the better (stupid winter).

    5. dunno. I’m not sucked into youtube yet :)

  10. 1. I didn’t count how many people have said this already, but cheesecake, definitely. Or, have bagels for breakfast. (That’s what I’m having tomorrow, with fruit.)

    2. No.

    3. Have you run out of needles/yarn/patterns yet?

    4. My answer will almost always be purple.

    5. What is “So you think you can dance?” ;-)

  11. Goat cheese mousse
    4 oz fresh goat cheese
    2 oz cream cheese
    4 to 6 tbsps of heavy whipping cream
    1 tbsp minced parsley
    TT kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
    process cheeses together in a food prcesser, pour cream through the feed tube until the mixture is smooth but it can still hold its shape. Add parsley, salt and pepper, mix by hand until just combined.

  12. Oops, I forgot, add to crusty bread and enjoy!

  13. Definitely the cheesecake brownies. That’s assuming you have the other ingredients you need. If not, I’m sure you have sugar – when we were kids we used to mix cream cheese with sugar and then just eat it!

    Working on more than one Fair Isle sweater at a time helps keep your brain active. There is a danger of becoming mentally sluggish in the dark months of winter – you obviously owe it to yourself :-)

  14. Oh Glenna, what fun, but my brain is in the nasty greedy clutches of The Crud, and everyone else seems to have said it all, or nearly anyway…. some kind of cheesecake bar? (or ‘slice’) with a shortbread type crust then for the topping, cream cheese and whatever?

  15. Lady O

    1. I’d make cheesecake or a double batch of nacho dip.

    2. No.

    3. I would say that yarn and storage concerns would be the only limit to how many –

    4. Red/orange

    5. Doesn’t that only leave 20% for fan vids to evenesence songs….

  16. I’m not a cheese cake person but I love cream cheese. One of my favorites (assuming you’re not vegetarian) is to mix 8 ounces of cream cheese and 4 tbsp of butter. Nuke that a little to soften it. Add 2 tsp of cumin and 1 tsp of chili powder and salt and pepper to taste. Mix that all together and spread on 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts. Sprinkle with 8 oz of shredded cheddar cheese and bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Want low fat? This isn’t it. But it’s yummy and the leftovers freeze well.

    And if you only have 4 oz, this is a good recipe. http://www.recipezaar.com/43574 I use ground chicken instead of beef and I make my own taco seasoning mix and my own taco sauce (both recipes found on that site) since I never seem to have any on hand.

    Finally, put the cream cheese in mashed potatoes as you’re mashing. OMG! Mashed potatoes are already my favorite meal in the world but with cream cheese it kicks it up a lot.

  17. Kirsten

    Make a dip, using the cream cheese, one red and one yellow bell pepper, about 3 spring onions, pepper and salt. Just put everything in a food processor and pulse until the bell peppers become tiny but still are visible. Eventually add a little cream.

  18. Lin

    1. A Baileys cheesecake, I don’t have a recipe but I think it is the same as any other with lots of Baileys! Absolutely gorgeous.
    2. Its not wrong just mad!
    3. I think there is a disease going round, startitis fever! I have it too with small knits. 20 sweaters would be a limit, you could guarantee a row on each an evening then!
    4. Blues and purples.
    5. Who knows!

  19. Moggle

    1. Another vote for cheesecake. But another good one is to put the block (or empty it out of it’s tub) on a plate and smother with sweet chilli sauce and serve with crackers – yum!

    2. Not wrong at all.

    3. Not sure but 2-3 would be okay at the speed you seem to knit.

    4. Blues/purples

    5. Pass.

    What fairisle are you thinking of casting on?

  20. Baked stuffed French toast! It’s so amazing. I use the following recipe as a starting-off point, but I basically toss in whatever I feel like (usually dried blueberries instead of raisins, or no fruit at all) and use low-fat versions of the dairy products because that’s what I have around (it’s still plenty rich). I also keep the brown sugar out of the custard mixture, and instead sprinkle it in the middle along with the cream cheese and nuts. Soooooo good.

    http://www.leitesculinaria.com/recipes/cookbook/deep_dish_fr_toast.html

  21. Meg

    1. Cheesecake would be really tasty right now. Although, crackers with cream cheese and spicy pepper jelly is super yummy. As for the whipped cream, my best recommendation is a spoon.

    2. It’s only too many if you get your fair isle pattern mixed up.

    3. It’s only too many if you get your patterns mixed up.

    4. I’ve been waiting for you to cast on for Fair Isle Kork sweaters.

    5. Surprisingly, only 23.8%. 52.4% is bad amateur porn. 17.6% would be pet videos. 6.2% would be clips from the Muppet Show. With a margin of error of 1.3%

  22. 1. I eat cream cheese on toast for breakfast everyday (I have a serious toast addiction). Two containers lasts me approx. 1.5 weeks. But not everyone loves cream cheese like I do. I’d suggest some experimenting for a nice sauce for pasta/veggies.

    2. Nah, go for it. Fair isle is addictive, no?

    3. Well, the more wips, the slower they go.

    4. Blues/Purples.

    5. It boggles the mind to think what might all be on YouTube. the fact that it occasioanlly yields up something truly funny means that I still like it!

  23. I love that video! So You Think You Can Dance rocks my socks.

  24. cheesecake for sure!!!!! if you have frozen fruit, you are good to go!!!!

    I’d say cast on another if you can handle it – I can’t manage my knitting time well enough as is, so if I have too many things going, I go nuts! Fair isle is so addictive though…. :)