Be it plain, or swirled, topped or naked, Cheesecake is the number one dessert in my books. It is silky and creamy and rich. I love it in all of its cheesecake-y glory.
But did you know that cheesecake has a history. A very long one indeed. Marcus Porcius Cato of 234 to 149 B.C wrote a treatise on agriculture depicting the first known (written) recipe for cheesecake. It was called Libum, and was a cheesecake offered as tribute in temples. Libum was also fed to athletes at the first recorded olympic games in 776 B.C.
Much much later, in 1872 a cheese maker by the name of William Lawrence in New York, invented a creamy, spreadable cheese. It was packaged and sold as Philidelphia Cream Cheese, which was later purchased by Kraft. Cream cheese is now the cheese of choice when making cheesecake.
This cheesecake is fantastic. You can use cherries instead of strawberries if you like, but I prefer strawberry with my cheesecake. Awe inspiring when shared, but great to keep all to yourself too. Enjoy.
With Candied Bacon
Basically I saw this and said the words Stout & Chocolate Cheesecake With Candied Bacon to my husband, the Baron of Baking. Stunned, he stopped everything and slowly turned to me. “Yes” was all he said.View Details
With Roasted Potatoes
Glazed carrots and roasted potatoes were both always on the menu when it came to any major family holiday meal. These dishes were prepared in the same way every time and passed down from mother to daughter for at least four generations. Today I am going to share with you a new take on the classic Roasted Carrots, and tell you the secret (as per my mother’s mother) to the perfect Roasted Potato.View Details
On A Beer Can
Lemon Thyme Roast Chicken the most moist chicken you’ve ever had with a hint of citrusy-goodness, nice and herb-y finish.View Details
With Caramelized Shallots
Leftover Chicken Potstickers are a great way to use the leftover chicken from the Lemon Thyme Roasted Chicken you made.View Details
on the Grill
“Third times the charm”. And charmed it was. They were a big hit! Delicious and fudgey, they turned out pretty fantastic. Here’s how I made Cake Pops on the grill.View Details
Sweet Snack Food
Smoked Date Squares are a hefty, coffee cake-like delicacy with a satisfying finish. Add a little smoke and you have a grilled delight that is sure to please.View Details
With Grilled Veggies
This Cheesy Pesto Pasta With Grilled Veggies is a vegetarian dish that is sure to fill that hollow leg and leave you begging for more.View Details
With Pancetta And Roasted Peppers
Friends and family won’t believe that this creamy sauce is actually free of heavy cream and butter! And it is not free of taste! The smokiness of the barbecue blends beautifully with the squash and makes a smooth sauce.View Details