Divine Cheesecake

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. Combine cracker crumbs, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  2. Pour melted butter over and stir until mixture comes together.
  3. Lightly grease sides and bottom of a nine inch springform pan.
  4. Press crumbs on bottom and two inches of sides of the pan.
  5. In a mixer, combine cream cheese, lemon peel, eggs, sugar and salt and beat until blended.
  6. Once blended beat the mixture for 10 minutes until mixture is smooth, creamy and pale.
  7. Pour into prepared pan.
  8. Cook 50 minutes in an oven heated to 350 degrees until cake is set and top feels firm.
  9. Let cake sit in pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
  10. The cake will continue to set and may crack on top.
  11. While the cake is cooling mix together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla until well blended.
  12. Pour topping over the cheesecake and bake another 10-12 minutes.
  13. Refrigerate until cold.
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Pickled Beets 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 large cans sliced beets
  • 2 large white onions, sliced
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons pickling spice
  • 4 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 4 tablespoons minced garlic

Directions:

  1. Drain the beets, discarding the liquid.
  2. Slice the onion in thin strips.
  3. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a large pan to make a pickling liquid.
  4. Boil then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes.
  5. Sterilize 6 pint size canning jars and rings in a pot of boiling water and let cool.
  6. Drain the pickling liquid, discarding solids.
  7. Layer the beets and onions starting with beets and ending with onions.  Pack slightly.
  8. Ladle pickling liquid over the beets and onion, making sure the jars are filled with liquid.
  9. Let jars sit until they are cool.
  10. Screw on the lid and store in the refrigerator.

Source:  Based on https://whatsintheoven.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/pickled-beets/

Peach Cobbler

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 cups peaches, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and pour into a 9×13 baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the flour, 1 cup of sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Add the milk and stir just until the dry ingredients are moist.
  4. Pour the batter into the pan, but don’t mix.
  5. Slice peaches and sprinkle 1 cup of sugar on them plus the lemon juice.
  6. Pour the peaches into the pan, but don’t mix.
  7. Bake at 375 for 40 minutes.

Source:  http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/easy-peach-cobbler

Peach Pound Cake

Ingredients:

  • 3 sticks butter, at room temperature
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 8 ounce container sour cream
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups fresh peaches, diced

Directions:

  1. Cream the butter in a stand mixer.
  2. Add the sugar and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add the eggs in one at a time, until the yolks are combined.
  4. In a bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and baking soda.
  5. Add half of the flour mixture to the mixer.
  6. Add the sour cream and vanilla.
  7. Add the rest of the flour mixer.
  8. Stir in the peaches,
  9. Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  10. Pour batter into the pan.
  11. Bake at 325 for about 1 hour 30 minutes (start checking about 1 hour 20 minutes).
  12. Let cool in the pan 15 minutes.
  13. Turn out on a cake plate and let cool completely.

Source:  http://www.gonnawantseconds.com/2015/07/peach-pound-cake/

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, cold
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream, cold

Directions:

  1. Chill your whisk attachment and bowl in the freezer.
  2. In a stand mixer, cream the cream cheese.
  3. Add the sugar and vanilla and beat until well combined and no longer grainy.
  4. Whisk your whipped cream in the chilled bowl until stiff peaks form.
  5. Mix about 1/3 of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  6. Carefully fold the rest of the whipped cream in.

Source:  http://www.themerchantbaker.com/desserts/whipped-cream-cream-cheese-frosting/

Peanut Butter Buttercream

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter (at room temperature)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  1. In a stand mixer, whip together the sugar and the butter.
  2. Add in the cream cheese and whip together for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the vanilla and peanut butter and whip together for another 1-3 minutes.

Source:  http://leelabeanbakes.com/blog/frosting-filling/smooth-lush-cream-cheese-frosting/

Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 4-6 pounds chicken legs and thighs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup water or chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup packed brown suger
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard
  • 4 teaspoon corn starch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. In a small bowl, combine garlic, salt, pepper and paprika.
  3. Sprinkle mixture over chicken and let sit.
  4. Heat the oil in a pan over medium high heat.
  5. Brown chicken and place into a roasting pan.
  6. In a large bowl, combine pineapple, water, sugar, Worcestershire, and yellow mustard.
  7. Pour over chicken.
  8. Baked covered 1 1/2-2 hours.
  9. Uncover and cook for an additional 20-30 minutes.
  10. Remove chicken to a platter and keep warm.
  11. Transfer liquid into a small saucepan.
  12. Bring to a boil.
  13. Combine cornstarch and water.
  14. Add to liquid and let thicken.
  15. Pour over chicken and serve.

Adapted from:  http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/teriyaki-pineapple-drumsticks

Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.
  3. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in
  4. large mixer bowl until creamy.
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  6. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
  7. Stir in chocolate chips.
  8. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.
  9. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Source:  https://www.verybestbaking.com/recipes/18476/original-nestle-toll-house-chocolate-chip-cookies/

Lime Curd

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup lime juice
  • 2 eggs, beaten

Directions:

  1. Place the sugar, butter and lime juice in the a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water.
  2. Stir over medium-high heat until the butter melts.
  3. Temper 1/4 cup of the hot lime mixture into the eggs, mixing well.
  4. Reduce heat to medium until the water simmers.
  5. Slowly whisk the egg mixture into the lime mixture.
  6. Cook until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, 20 to 25 minutes.
  7. Cool and store in the refrigerator in a glass jar.

Adapted from: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/fresh-lime-curd/

Pickled Veggies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1/2 pound carrots, cut into pieces
  • 1/2 pound green beans, cleaned and halved
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 head garlic, broken into cloves
  • 4 cups white vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons pickling spices
  • 2 tablespoons peppercorns

Directions:

  1. Clean and cut all vegetables and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, boil 6, 1 pint canning jars and rings.
  3. In another pot, combine the garlic, vinegar, water, salt, sugar and spices and bring to a boil.
  4. Pack the vegetables into the jars layering as desired.
  5. Pour brine into the jars, tapping them gently to remove air bubbles.
  6. Cover with a lid and screw on the ring.
  7. Let cool and then refrigerate about a week before eating.

Source: My kitchen