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“Homer Alone,” season 3, episode 15

Poor Marge. I often watch The Simpsons and wonder, how (and why) does she do it? She’s married to Homer and has three kids including Bart, and (most of the time) she manages to be relentlessly upbeat. Well, even saints like Marge can crack under pressure. And that’s exactly what happens in season three’s “Homer Alone.”

Marge ends up at Rancho Relaxo, and after exhausting their many activities, she realizes that what she needs is some junk food and a soak in the tub. She calls up room service and orders the following: a hot fudge sundae with whipped cream, some chocolate chip cheesecake and a bottle of tequila. Way to go, Marge.

Read the rest of the article here and get a couple of tasty recipes below.

Marge’s Recipe for Chilling Out* 
Serves one and ONLY one

1 bathtub full of suds
1 TV playing Thelma and Louise
1 bottle of tequila
1 slice of chocolate chip cheesecake
1 hot fudge sundae with whipped cream

*No kids or Homer

Chocolate Chip Margarita Cheesecake Bars (With Hot Fudge) 
Inspired by Sweet Peas and Saffron
Serves 12

Crust:
About 30 chocolate wafer cookies processed into fine crumbs (1 ½ cups crumbs)
4 tablespoons melted butter
1 pinch salt

Filling:
2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 heaping teaspoon lime zest (about 2 limes)
¼ cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
3 tablespoons tequila
2 tablespoons Cointreau or triple sec
2 eggs, room temperature
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips

Topping:
1/3 cup hot fudge, warmed

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 9×9-inch square pan by lining with aluminum foil and spraying with nonstick spray.
  2. Combine the chocolate cookie crumbs, melted butter, and pinch of salt in a bowl. Mix until well combined and press evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Bake the crust for 10 minutes.
  3. While the crust bakes, make the filling. Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until creamy. Add the salt, lime zest, lime juice, tequila, and triple sec and mix well. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until completely incorporated.
  4. Pour the mixture over the baked crust and spread evenly. Sprinkle mini chocolate chips on top.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes, until the edges are fully set and the middle has a slight jiggle. Let cool completely in the pan before refrigerating for at least 2 hours.
  6. Cut into bars and drizzle with hot fudge before serving. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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