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    Thursday
    Aug182011

    Happy? Birthday? White Chocolate Rasp Cheesecake

    As a kid growing up in Southern California I never had a birthday that it rained or even snowed. I was born in June. Yes we do have what’s called June Gloom but normally it’s burned off by noon. As adults it seems we all try yet again to relive our childhood birthdays.  Take Facebook. You post when your date of birth is and a few days prior all of your contacts get a message that it’s your day! I opted out. I feel if you only know me by Facebook and not really personally then I really don’t need to get a mailbox full of 500 happy birthday greetings. I in turn only send a private one out if I really know that person and maybe have shared a piece of cake, dinner or some wine. I was at Denver International this week and a lady taking her time getting her credit card out for a magazine transaction laughed a bit and looked at the long line and said. “Oh I am sorry.. It’s my Birthday..” A few got excited and said.. Happy Birthday! I just wanted to catch my flight. Do people think that they get a free “stupid” pass on their birthdate? I was so so glad that the line in the store didn’t break out in song! In memory of my 4th grade birthday I seemed to have a huge party of probably 20-30 kids. Looking at the picture today. 6.. yes SIX. The memories were large…the attendance was small. Quality!

    A number of years ago I surprised a colleague. It was her 50th. I flew from Southern California to Iowa. She was in shock. But I had fun doing it.

    Today was a former student of mine. She works at my DDS office. I booked the appointment under a different name and surprised her with her favorite White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake. She was worried when the person that was supposed to bring a cake did not show up with one and she got in her mind that a stripper would be coming. Well it was me for a teeth cleaning and a 10-inch cheesecake.

    Here is the recipe for you to try. If you love cheesecake check out my store for the Cheesecake Bible. And the pans.. You need a good cheesecake pan.. not a spring form.

     

    White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake   

    By the way........... only 4 people on facebook out of almost 900 really knew me and my birthday!  

     

    Monday
    Aug152011

    It's Peachy and a Donut Story

    While waiting for the donuts for sale I walked around the farmers market and ate my share of peaches. It's amazing how many varieties of peaches are out there. When going to the market tell the farmer what you are doing with the peaches. Canning, pie, just eating.. Some are sweeter, some are for baking where they dont turn to mush (just like apples). Here are a few recipes for the fuzzy fruit. 

    Oak Park. IL Saturday Farmers Market

    Peach Salsa

    Peach and Chilie Chutney

    Donut Story?

    Every Saturday in the summer the basement of the Pilgrim Church on Lake becomes a whirl wind of activity. The church rotates the use of the kitchen every week but the product is the same.. Some of the best donuts around. Hot and light with a little bit of a spice. They serve 3 varieties. Plain, Powdered and Cinnamon. You line up to indulge in the little cake donuts. They are only .75 cents! When I arrived at 6:30 they were just setting up the chairs for the "donut club" to sit with their weekly donut and coffee. I was the 4th in line. At 7am about 70 people had arrived. They at first did not have the plain. The lady in front of me wanted 4 dozen plain. She was set aside and the line started to move again. The donuts are shoved out in big tubs that hold about 10 dozen. The kitchen is below street level so they use a window to serve them through. I will return!

    I could have eaten a dozen! 

    Tomorrow I am off to see what the fuss about is at the Donut Vault!

     

     

    Friday
    Aug052011

    A Jump Start.. Monday TV Show in SD

    Monday August 8th is National Zucchini Day!

    I will be on San Diego Living 6 from 9am-10am making

    Zucchini Pineapple Muffins

    Thursday
    Aug042011

    Sour Cream Cheese Brownies

    Today I was making a batch of Cream Cheese Brownies and 2 batches of Jams: Raspberry and Blackberry. Now I have all of the jams done for the year. Peach and Strawberry to go with the two today.  I did go past the orchards and picked up a huge bag of oranges.. Hummm Orange Marmalade? Got some Lemons too. I think fresh fruit in the kitchen looks great.. 

     

    Here is the Sour Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe for you

    Wednesday
    Aug032011

    National Watermelon Day! 

    Yes today is National watermelon day.. The problem is that the melons of today taste nothing of the melons of yesteryear.. Since they bio produce the melons without seeds they took the taste with them. I wish that we had flavorful watermelons like years past. Now I understand why when working at Disney they had to request seedless watermelons. (You have to be a few steps ahead of kids.. Eating a wedge of melon on the sky buckets! Not good) Now how does one have a seed spitting contest now? 

    I love using watermelon in other ways then just eating.. Here is a wonderful salsa recipe. 

    Watermelon Salsa

    and Watermelon Rum Punch

     

    Enjoy!