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Friday, August 15, 2014

Cheesecake with Cream Topping

Need a simple cheesecake that tastes delicious?  I thought this one was a winner.  I tore it out of a magazine many years ago and just got around to making it for Christmas 2013.  Why did I wait so long?

The original recipe is called Philadelphia Vanilla Mousse Cheesecake and calls for a crust made with vanilla wafer cookies.

You could also use a simple graham cracker crust made with:
14 whole graham crackers, crushed finely
1/2 cup of butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar

Mix all the ingredients together for the crust and press into the bottom of a 9-inch springform pan.

Cheesecake Layer:
3-8oz. packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 T vanilla
3 eggs

Beat cream cheese until smooth.  Add the sugar, vanilla and eggs.
Pour over crust and bake for 50-55 minutes.  Cool completely in pan.

1-8oz. package cream cheese softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Then add the tub of cool whip.  Spread over the cheesecake.  Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Truly Grilled Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Several months ago one of my daughters watched a Youtube video about grilled cheese.  In it, a well-known chef ranted about grilled cheese not really being grilled cheese, only the bread was grilled.  Well, she followed his directions to truly grill the cheese first and then make the sandwich.  She did so on our bar-b-que.  The sandwiches were quite delicious.

Jump ahead to our family vacation in July.  Our group of 29 spends a week together in the local mountains at the lake.  We gather together for dinner each night and the meals vary from take-out to a sit-down restaurant to bar-b-que.  One afternoon as we contemplated dinner, I remembered the grilled cheese and offered to make grilled cheese on the bar-b-que.  So off to the store my daughter and I went.  We bought

several loaves of  sourdough and French bread (the French actually tasted  the best)
shredded cheese (It melts faster.  Try a pepper jack mix for added flavor.)

Now, truth be told, I did not separately grill the cheese in a foil pan.  We prepared the sandwiches as we would at home by buttering the outsides of the bread and filling them with the grated cheese.  Grill away!   The sandwiches cooked over the grey-white coals were the best.  Those grilled early on tended to burn, but overall they were delicious!

As a side, we grilled squash, onions and peppers with garlic salt, pepper and butter.  I used a foil cookie sheet for this purpose.  What a yummy meal!