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Girl’s Night In- Italian Style (copyright 2006- Maria Liberati)

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Sometimes a girl just needs a relaxing night in, or at the very least, a night in with friends. It’s for those kinds of nights that we’ve gathered three scrumptious dessert recipes and some classic chick flicks in one article.


A great start to a girl’s night is with a combination of Bend It Like Beckham and Nutella Fondue. Beckham, the charming sleeper-hit starring ER’s Parminder Nagra and Pirates of the Caribbean’s Keira Knightley, tells the story of two British teens who defy tradition to prove that anything boys can do, girls can do better—especially on the soccer pitch. Laugh along while enjoying this mouth-watering treat:



2 thick slices of pound cake, cut into chunks  

12 whole strawberries  

12 chucks of fresh pineapple  

1 apple, cut into chucks    

1 cup Nutella    

Wooden skewers or fondue forks



Place pound cake and fruit chucks on a serving platter. 


Put Nutella in a microwave save bowl. 


Microwave on high about 15-20 seconds.  Stir. 

Place on platter with fruit. 

Allow each person to spear cake and fruit with skewers and dip into Nutella. 


You can also spoon some sauce over individual plates of fruit and eat with toothpicks.


Serves 4



After you’ve had your fill of fruit, chocolate and soccer, why not move on to cheesecake, textbooks and Reese? Witherspoon, that is, and the Oscar-winner’s breakthrough role as bubbly sorority princess turned Harvard law student Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Get inspired as Elle turns heads and wins cases, all while indulging in this illegally delicious Amaretto Cheesecake.



2-1/2 cups crushed graham crackers  

2/3 cup melted butter   



32 oz. cream cheese  

6 eggs  

1-1/2 cups sugar 

2 TB. cornstarch  

1/2 cup melted butter  

1 TB. vanilla  

1 TB. lemon juice  

16 oz. sour cream   

1 TB. almond extract   

1 TB. orange extract  

1/4 cup Amaretto liqueur 

 Hot water 


Combine crust ingredients and blend thoroughly. 


Press the crust into the bottom and about 1-inch up the sides of a 10-inch springform pan. 


Place in refrigerator while making the filling. 


For the filling, place the cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer. 


Cream until smooth. Add the eggs and beat until they are well incorporated. 

Add all remaining filling ingredients and blend until smooth. 


Pour filling into crust. 


Place the springform pan in a roasting pan and fill the roasting pan half full of hot water. 


Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour or until center is set. 

Remove from oven.  Remove cake from roasting pan and allow to sit on rack to cool. 


Cheesecake can then be refrigerated before serving.


Serves 10 to 12



A romantic and relaxing way to see your girl’s night to a close is to turn to none other than Bridget Jones’s Diary and some wine. Sit back with a White Zinfandel-Raspberry Granita and cheer on Renee Zellweger’s hapless heroine as she proves that a gal doesn’t have to be a size 0 to get the guy of her dreams.



2-1/2 pints raspberries  

1-1/4 cups sugar  

1/4 cup water   

1 (750 ml) bottle white Zinfandel  


Place 2 pints of the raspberries, sugar, and water in a medium saucepan.  


Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.  


Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.  


Transfer to a food processor and process until smooth.  


Strain the mixture into a large bowl, using a wooden spoon to push the puree through. 


Stir in the wine. 


Transfer the mixture to a shallow pan and place in the freezer. 


Every 30 minutes, using a fork, stir the gr
anita, scraping it off the bottom and sides of the pan so it freezes evenly. 


Continue to freeze and break up ice crystals until completely frozen, about 3 hours. 


To serve, spoon into chilled glasses and garnish with remaining raspberries.



Life can get pretty hectic for the modern girl. Remember to slow down every once in a while and sit back with good friends, good food and great fun!!Technorati Tags : , , , , Technorati Tags : , , , ,
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