Juicy strawberries are hollowed out and stuffed with a light strawberry cheesecake filling. Make these for your boo on Valentine’s Day. They’ll love you for it!
Gentlemen: Want your woman to happy? Really, really happy?
I’ve got the formula. You want it? Come closer.
There’s a system. And it works.
The system is called reciprocity.
Is that word new to you? Perhaps you’ve heard it before, but it’s fuzzy in your brains. It’s cool boo, I got you. Reciprocity means: When you’re good to Mama, Mama’s good to you.
Sounds simple, right? Well, homeslice – It is.
I know, you’re reading this and shaking your head. You’re all,
“Women are difficult!”
“I don’t know what she wants!”
“She is never happy no matter what I do!”
That’s bullshit. And it’s a cop out, boo. Stop the insanity and come to terms with it. You’re lazy. You’re slacking. You’re off your game. You haven’t bothered to get to know your woman. The good news is it’s never too late. Time to get on track, because honestly – she’s earned a bit of effort from you.
You’ve heard this from me before: Women love effort.
Valentine’s Day is approaching and you, sir – You have the romantic prowess of a paperclip. You hate Valentine’s Day. You’re in the “Valentine’s Day is a made up commercialized holiday” camp. And fine, you’re within your rights to believe this. But that’s only an acceptable phrase if you show your hunny love the other 364 days of the year.
You are devoid of romance, you find it pointless. You say you show her love every day, yet you roll your eyes and grumble at the simple requests, like when the boo whips out a chick flick. You suggest gratuitous violence or car chases. And if you reluctantly give in to the chick flick, you start playing with your phone – Completely ignoring the signals your woman is sending you.
You’ve just killed her spirit. And that my man, is where you have failed.
You see, romance isn’t about you. It’s about her. As stupid as it sounds, it’s about making her feel like she’s special. Making her feel that in your eyes she’s still the most wonderful thing you’ve ever laid eyes on.
And just because you’re not into that sort of thing doesn’t mean she doesn’t deserve it. You vowed to love this woman; vowing to love your woman means giving her a lil’ romance. If it’s important to her, it should be important to you. You need to nut up, set your bullshit and your pre-conceived notions aside, and give her what she wants. You have to put in for Mama so she puts out for you.
Perhaps I’m too straightforward for you. I just asked you to nut up. But someone needs to. Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, and we don’t have much time. Consider this your wakeup call: I need you to become Mr. Big Daddy Kane Smooth Operator. And that’s sort of a tall order. But I have faith in you. Plus I’m here to help.
Let’s stuff some strawberries.
Stop hyperventilating, calm down.
Stuffing strawberries isn’t as difficult as it sounds. First, you’ll need to hollow out strawberries. If you have a melon baller or a small knife, you’re set. Plus, you’re handy, right? Get all MacGyver on this jammy.. Remove the guts from a dozen medium sized strawberries. I’d like you to place the strawberries upright, for presentation – So slice a tiny section off the bottom. Make sure it’s even. Set them aside and make the strawberry cheesecake filling.
Uh-huh – We’re stuffing strawberries with a strawberry cheesecake filling. That is going the extra mile, my friend. To make a strawberry cheesecake filling you’ll need cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla bean paste or extract, and pureed strawberries. If you can’t puree strawberries, use strawberry jam.
All of this gets mixed until it’s light and fluffy. You’ll either spoon or pipe the filling inside the hollowed out berries. Make it decorative and pretty. Remember those tops you cut off before you hollowed out the strawberries? Place them on top of the piped filling. The hardest part of this situation is hollowing out strawberries, about 10 minutes of your time. And the cheesecake filling comes together in less than 2 minutes. Seriously. It is that simple.
Come on – Bring a bit o’ romance into your life. Those 12 minutes of effort will let a lot of dumb shit slide, let me tell you. Greet your boo with a batch of these tasty lil’ thangs. Spice it up mama, and watch her get hot for you.
- 12 Medium sized strawberries
- 6 ounces Cream cheese cold
- 3/4 cup Confectioners' sugar
- 2-3 tablespoons Pureed strawberries or strawberry jam
- 2 1/4 teaspoons* vanilla bean paste
- Hollow out the strawberries:
- With a pairing knife cut the tops off 12 strawberries. Set those tops aside. To make sure the strawberries stand upright when you stuff them, slice a tiny section off the bottom. Make sure it's even. With a melon baller or a paring knife, carefully remove the insides of the strawberries. The inside should be hollow. Make sure you don't cut through to the bottom. Set them aside.
- Make the cheesecake filling:
- To a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, add the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar. Mix on low until mostly combined. Stop and scrape the mixer, then add the strawberry puree (or jam), and the vanilla bean paste (or extract). Whip on high speed until light and fluffy, about 30 seconds. Alternatively, you can use a hand mixer or a hand whisk to make this situation come together.
- To fill the strawberries:
- Fill a piping bag fitted with a star or round tip with the cheesecake filling. Pipe mounds of strawberry cheesecake filling inside the strawberries till you reach the top. Alternatively, you can fill a ziplock bag with the cheesecake filling and cut a hole in one corner of the ziplock bag to pipe. Or you can spoon filling into the strawberries. Make it easy for yourself. Finally, place with the cut up strawberry tops on the cheesecake filling for decoration.
- *Note: If you can't find vanilla bean paste, use 1 tablespoon vanilla extract instead.