Cooking freshly grown food from our Small Homestead in an Urban Environment.
Friday, May 1, 2009
Moms NY Cheesecake
There are only a few things that I can name that I absolutely love and will go off of diet for and one of them is NY Cheesecake. I have a weakness for cheescake that can not be matched and recently I visited my mom and she made me an awesome NY Style Cheese Cake that was amzing. She doesn't mind sharing her recipe and I thank her for that, Because I feel every body should experience an awesome cheescake. Enjoy
1 CUP CRUSHED GRAHAM CRACKERS ( ADD ANY CRUSHED NUTS IF DESIRED) 1/2 CUP SOFTENED MARG OR BUTTER ( I PREFER BUTTER)
FILLING AND TOPPING:
5 PKGS (8 OZ EACH) CREAM CHEESE SOFETENED 1 3/4 CPS SUGAR 3 TBS ALL PURPOSE FLOUR 1 TBS GRATED ORANGE PEEL 1TBS GRATED LEMON PEEL 5 EGGS 2 EGG YOLKS 1/4 CUP WHIPPING CREAM CONTAINER OF COOL WHIP OR 3/4 CP WHIPPING CREAM
1 HEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES F. GREASE 9 INCH SPRING FORM PAN.MIX CRUST INGREDIENTS, AND PRESS EVENLY ON BOTTOM OF GREASED PAN. BAKE 8 T0 10 MINS OR UNTIL GOLDEN BROWN. COOL.ASSEMBLE BOTTOM AND SIDE OF PAN.
2 INCREASE OVEN TEMP TO 475. IN LARGE BOWL, BEAT CREAM CHEESE, SUGAR, FLOUR, ORANGE AND LEMON PEELS WITH ELECTRIC BEATER ON MEDIUM SPEED ABOUT 1 MINUTE OR UNTIL SMOOTH. BEAT IN EGGS, 2 EGG YOLKS AND 1/4 CUP WHIPPING CREAM, BEATING ON LOW SPEED UNTIL WELL BLENDED. POUR INTO BAKED CRUST BAKE 15 MINUTES.
3 REDUCE OVEN TEMP TO 200 AND BAKE 1 HOUR LONGER. TURN OFF OVEN, LEAVE CHEESECAKE IN OVEN FOR 30 MINUTES LONGER. REMOVE FROM OVEN AND COOL IN PAN
4 WITHOUT RELEASING OR REMOVING SIDE OF PAN, RUN SPATULA CAREFULLY ALONG SIDE OF PAN TO LOOSN CHEESECAKE. REFRIGERATE UNCOVERED FOR ABOUT 3 HRS OR UNTIL CHILLED, AND CONTINUE REFRIGERATING FOR ABOUT 9 HRS.
5 IN CHILLED BOWL BEAT 3/4 CUP WHIPPING CREAM WITH ELECT BEATER ON HIGH SPEED UNTIL STIFF. SPREAD WHIPPED CREAM OVER TOP OF CAKE AND DECORATE WITH ANY DESIRED NUTS OR FRUIT (MY FAVORITE IS FRESH STRAWBERRIES)
6 ALTERNATE TO THE WHIPPING CREAM, FOR THE TOPPING YOU CAN USE ANY COOL WHIP AND TOP IT OFF WITH YOUR FAVORITE FRUIT.
My Job requires me to live the life of an ultra athlete. If I eat crap I will perform like crap. Not saying that I don't splurge once in awhile, because I do. But if fresh food + healthy habits= Great Performance! Than eating a diet that is not laden down with preservatives and god knows what else has to be stopped at the door.
We have noticed, that when we go out to eat, the food is saturated with salt, as if, what their cooking does not have any taste and they are probably right, because there is a big difference from food grown in your backyard or locally than those that are mass produced; lettuce for example does have flavor. But you will never know unless you tried it fresh from the earth.
We love to eat good food, my wife and I have been to several places around the world and throughout the US and we are always looking forward to our next best meal. If we go to a restaraunt and at the end of the meal we can't say, "WOW!" we won't come back.
Lately, we have come to the realization that we can cook and create meals that have inspired us from around the world right here at the homestead. We say "WOW!" alot when we eat at home, not because we are great cooks, (trust me were not) but rather; because the flavor from freshly grown food is so intense, it's symphonic when it hits your palate. Thats where the "WOW!" comes from.
We encourage everyone to take steps towards living a sustainable life. Show a child what it means to grow fresh food and more importantly how wonderful it tastes. Plant a garden on your plot and make it your own. It doesn't matter if you live in a studio apartment or have 10 acres, Vegetables can be grown anywhere. It's your challenge, we all fail from time to time, but we would not appreciate our success if we have never expereinced our failures.
At our Small Urban Homestead we will continue growing fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and with eggs from our chickens we will strive to create healthy, delicious meals that can be enjoyed by all. From the Garden to the Kitchen, we welcome all. 召し上がれ！Bon appetit! Enjoy!