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Triple Chocolate Flourless Brownie-Bottom Cheesecake

Triple Chocolate Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Death by chocolate… very appropriate for Halloween, don’t you think?

I made this a few years ago, when my grandmother had to go gluten-free so we planned an entire gluten-free Thanksgiving for her. This cheesecake is rich, decadent, and oh so chocolatey… and completely flourless! Highly recommended for all the chocolate-lovers in your life.

Triple Chocolate Brownie Bottom Cheesecake

Recipe originally found on Fridgg, but sadly the original link to the recipe no longer works.


For the brownie bottom:
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 tbs vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
For the cheesecake:
  • 2/3 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup fat free ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup honey

Cooking Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease the bottom of a pie tin with a bit of coconut oil.
  2. Combine the first 5 brownie ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with a hand mixer until all the ingredients are incorporated.
  3. Combine 3/4 cup of milk chocolate chips with 3/4 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the chocolate chips by microwaving on low and stirring every 20 seconds until the chocolate is melted. Make sure not to overcook the chocolate chips!
  4. Pour the melted chocolate into the existing brownie batter stirring the batter as your pour. Once incorporated, pour the brownie batter into the prepared pie dish and bake for 15 minutes at 350°F.
  5. After 15 minutes, remove the pie plate from the oven and set aside to cool while you make the cheesecake part. The brownies will be very underdone at this point, but thatโ€™s ok. Reduce the oven heat to 325°F.
  6. Combine the 1/3 cup of milk chocolate chips and the 1/3 cup of semisweet chocolate chips and melt them in the oven using the technique described above.
  7. Once chocolate is melted, combine the mascarpone, ricotta, egg, egg yolk, vanilla, cocoa powder, honey and melted chocolate in a large bowl and beat with a hand held mixer until smooth.
  8. Pour the cheesecake filling onto the partially baked brownie bottom. Bake in a 325°F oven for 40-50 minutes or until the center of the cheesecake springs back when touched.
  9. Let cool, and enjoy!

Slow Cooker Vietnamese Chicken and Bok Choy

Vietnamese slow cooker chicken and bok choy

I’ve got a persistent cough, the kind where you always get an itch in your throat at exactly the wrong time (such as, right at the moment when someone asks you a question in the middle of a conference call), and leaves you sounding like a chain smoker.

Son’s getting over an ear infection, which, as he put in an uncharacteristically poetic manner earlier tonight, “I feel like there’s a tiny hummingbird in my ear, making love to my eardrum.”

I’ve spent the last week staying up working until 4am every night, trying to meet crazy deadlines. (The glamorous life of a freelancer!)

The dishes are piling up, and there are boxes and boxes of miscellaneous kitchenware all over my living room floor, because they’re cleaning out grandma’s house and I couldn’t bear to let them just get rid of it all.

This is real life.

Which means, well, there couldn’t possibly be a better time to break out the slow cooker. What a lifesaver it is. Just toss the ingredients in a pot, turn it on, and don’t think about it again until it’s time to eat. It doesn’t get better than this.

I originally wrote the above back in May (yes, it takes me five months to finish a blog post), and liked it so much I decided to post it anyways. It’s finally cooling off in LA right now, after a summer and fall filled with heat waves, so it feels like slow cooker season again. I’ve already made this again this season just a couple of weeks ago, and I’m already craving it again. It’s that sort of hearty, comfort food-delicious sort of meal that fills you, warms you, and makes you feel good about yourself because it manages to be pretty healthy, too.

Slow cooker Vietnamese chicken and bok choy

Recipe adapted from Yankee Kitchen Ninja. We like to make lots and have leftovers all week, and the bok choy is our favorite part so we make quite a bit extra. However if you have a smaller slow cooker or just want enough for a meal, you can refer to the original recipe.


  • 10 bone-in chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup shoyu
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced (I usually add more because we really love garlic)
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • lots of bok choy (I usually go with 5lbs or so; other greens can also be used)

Cooking Directions

  1. Put everything except the bok choy in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.
  2. Wash the bok choy, discard the last inch of the base. When the chicken is finished cooking, carefully transfer it to another bowl. Place the bok choy in the slow cooker, stirring to make sure it is coated with the sauce. Replace the lid, and cook on high for another half hour or so, until the bok choy is wilted and soft.
  3. Serve over white or brown rice. Enjoy!

Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: cookswithcocktails}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

if i really had to choose between the three neapoliton ice creams… strawberry is definitely my favorite {Jennifer Meyering}

i’d go for kimchi fried rice any day {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

bring on all the pumkin spice… especially cheesecake! {Homemade Hooplah}

my dad has been asking me to make yorkshire pudding, so i’ll definitely have to try that recipe… {The British Menu}

a beautiful bowl of egg drop soup {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

these baked beans look amazing {The Endless Meal}

i love butter chicken… and i love easy! {The Endless Meal}

japanese curry croquettes are one of my favorite things {Otaku Food}

this is such a beautiful way to get your pumpkin fix {Marsha’s Baking Addiction}

a pretty pink drink {Elephantastic Vegan}

i adore chowder of all varieties, especially when there’s bacon involved {Use Real Butter}

the cutest mini corn dogs {Use Real Butter}

fall is time for the crockpot to come out… and make this pulled pork! {Homemade Hooplah}

’tis the season for apple cider, and bourbon… {Eatwell101}

yorkshire pudding… pizza?!?! ohmygod yes. {Jane’s Adventures in Dinner}

this pumpkin toffee ice cream sounds oh so perfect for fall… especially since california is in the midst of lots of heat waves! {Noshing with the Nolands}

you can’t go wrong with fries and aioli {Ilona’s Passion}

these miso butter scallops sound absolutely amazing {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

who doesn’t love chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! {SugarHero!}

these pretty pumpkin spice meringues are perfect for fall! {The Simple Sweet Life}

angel food cake with mocha and salted caramel? how could i say no?! {Baking Fanatic}

this french onion chicken sounds so delicious {Shrinking Single}

i’m ready for my pumpkin spiced latte… but perhaps this year’s should be homemade? {A Saucy Kitchen}

always in the mood for a good carnitas taco {Cooks with Cocktails}

the prettiest popovers {Peas and Peonies}

very interested in trying this eggplant chutney {The Red Lychee}

i’d very much love a bowl of this creamy chicken stew {Eva in the Kitchen}

i’ve had more of an interest in vegan dishes lately, so this vegan chana masala sounds like a must try! {And Cakes Too}

love the flavors of this beautiful galette {Vanilla and Bean}

always down for chocolate peanut butter anything {I Bake He Shoots}

i adore roasted brussels sprouts {Love Bakes Good Cakes}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!

Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: Elizabeth – SugarHero!}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

this cake is cause for a celebration! {A Saucy Kitchen}

the most delicious-looking pasta {The Kitchenarium}

this fish curry is what i call comfort food! {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

potato chips made in the microwave? who knew! {Binjal’s Veg Kitchen}

lovely watermelon lemonade, so perfect for the last bits of summer {Jennifer Meyering}

these baked peaches are easy elegance {Easy Baby Meals}

prefer a higher caramel-to-apple ratio? then these caramel apple slices are perfect for you {Domestically Blissful}

this buddha bowl sounds like the most satisfying meal, especially with that garlic sauce! {A Virtual Vegan}

i’m all about the roasted red pepper pasta sauces this week {Create Mindfully}

all of a sudden, craving mexican food {MJ’s Kitchen}

yes to coconut belgian waffles {The Chef Next Door}

oh hell yes to this pot roast ramen {The Spiced Life}

also, this chorizo fried rice sounds amazing {Estalystic}

this smoothie sounds like an excellent breakfast {Blender Happy}

it’s almost soup season!!! {Easy Baby Meals}

tasty green tahini dressing {Oh My Dish}

i am SO ready for pumpkin spice everything {Delightful Adventures}

or, at least, all the pumpkin spice baked goods! {Simply Stacie}

this sweet potato soup sounds scrumptious {Create Mindfully}

son, our resident cashew fanatic, would love these {Peanut Butter and Peppers}

these s’mores bars sound AMAZING {The Misfit Baker}

why yes, i’d love some lobster mac n’ cheese, thank you. {Noshing with the Nolands}

this sounds like such a deliciously decadent breakfast {Peas and Peonies}

such a vibrant, beautiful tomato soup! {Heavenly Home Cooking}

this is pretty much my perfect meal {No Spoon Necessary}

the most appropriate back-to-school cake ever! {SugarHero!}

i can’t believe i’ve never tried japanese brick toast, but now i really want to! {Whitbit’s Kitchen}

love how refreshing and flavorful this cucumber spinach salad sounds {The Spiced Life}

this needs to be in my morning smoothie rotation {Jennifer Meyering}

i love green curry, so definitely want to try making green curry paste from scratch! {Kitchen Sanctuary}

i love me a sweet doughnut, but i’d be alllll over these savory ones! {Baking Fanatic}

helloooo, pumpkin (cookie) season! {Marsha’s Baking Addiction}

this pretty raspberries n’ cream pie looks so wonderful {Stetted}

i kinda want to get a spiralizer just to make this potato dish {Stetted}

such an impressive pavlova cake {Cooks with Cocktails}

this is my kind of toast {A Saucy Kitchen}

i wouldn’t mind a sip or two of this watermelon sangria {Jennifer Meyering}

definitely want to try this recipe for three-cup chicken {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

i love lemon cookies, and these browned butter ones sound fantastic {The Spiced Life}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!

Friday Fridgg Favorites

{photo credit: I bake he shoots}

a few of my favorite things on Fridgg this week:

i do love real bacon, but i’m also fascinated by this eggplant “bacon” {The Spirited Spoon}

always love the combo of peanut butter and bananas {The Spirited Spoon}

this photo is BEAUTIFUL {A Saucy Kitchen}

helloooooo, ooey gooey! {Homemade Hooplah}

egg rolls, always {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

it doesn’t get better than cheese + potatoes + eggs (though maybe if you add bacon?) {The Texas Peach}

an excellent use for all that zucchini {The Circus Gardener’s Kitchen}

orange and chocolate is such a classic combo {Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen}

this sounds like the most amazing way to eat avocados {Create Mindfully}

these butternut squash fries sound fantastic {Create Mindfully}

bring on the fall flavors! helloooo, pumpkin and maple doughnuts {Marsha’s Baking Addiction}

this photo has such beautiful colors {Eatwell 101}

fried grits and peaches sound like a wonderful breakfast {MJ’s Kitchen}

i’ve been loving lavender lately, and i’m intrigued by this peach lavender soda {Eatwell 101}

fall feels like chili season to me, and this recipe sounds like an excellent one to try {Shrinking Single}

more lavender, this time in cookie form! definitely want to try these {My Cosy Kitchen}

i’m not ashamed to say i’m totally ready for all things pumpkin spice {Simply Stacie}

orange sweet potato doughnuts? they sound strange, but wonderful. {Lisa’s Lemony Kitchen}

ohmygoodness, this minty chocolate butterscotch lava cake sounds amazing {Ladurray}

totally into the sweet-salty flavors of these peanut butter cup pretzel blondies {Ladurray}

so snackable! {Priya Kitchenette}

a perfect fall crockpot dinner {Kitchen Sanctuary}

trying to get into a smoothie habit, and this recipe sounds especially delicious ๐Ÿ˜€ {Blender Happy}

son is obsessed with mapo tofu, and has already asked me to make this recipe for him {Omnivore’s Cookbook}

loved the breakfast tacos when I went to Austin, and now I’m craving them again! {Domestically Blissful}

very intrigued by this hatch chile smoothie {The Devil Wears Parsley}

these chocolate-topped toffee bars sound really good {A Life With Garnish}

i do love me a good maple bacon doughnut {I Bake He Shoots}

beautiful brownies {The Hedge Combers}

i would eat allllll the apples if i had this dip {Homemade Hooplah}

it’s almost fall! time for pizza! {Hello Little Home}

such a delicious-looking lemon bread {Peanut Butter and Peppers}

summer is still holding on, and this pasta is perfect for it! {Vintage Kitty}

this creamy pasta sauce sounds fabulous {CaliZona}

yes to all the apples, especially in pancakes {Adventures of Mel}

but i can’t quite let go of summer (especially with this heat!), so bring on the watermelon sorbet {Easy Baby Meals}

my Friday Fridgg Favorites are a very small selection of the photos and recipes on Fridgg that I’ve loved in the past week. this is by no means an all-encompassing list of what’s awesome on Fridgg this week. take a look, and find your favorites!

do you have a favorite that I didn’t mention? let me know in the comments!