Saturday, December 12, 2009

New York Style Cheesecake

Only rerun dinners and lots of desserts over here these days :) You can tell it is Christmas time.

This recipe is from my sweet friend Lori:
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 TBSP butter, melted
2 TBSP sugar

Stir together these 3 ingreds. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1 1/2 inch up sides of a lightly greased 7 inch spring form pan. Grease with Crisco for best results. Bake at 350 for 8 min. Cool on a wire rack.

2 1/2 pkgs of cream cheese softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 TBSP all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract or almond extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream

Beat cream cheese with hand mixer on med speed until smooth. Add 1/2 cup sugar, flour, and vanilla-beat until blended. Add egg, beating just until blended. Add sour cream, and beat until blended.

Pour mixture into prepared crust.

Bake at 350 for 50 min or until center is almost set. (Center of cheesecake should still be slightly jiggly. It will become firm while chilling)
Remove cheesecake from oven, cool on wire rack.
Cover and chill 8 hrs.
Gently run a knife around edge of cheesecake to release sides of pan.


Chocolate topping:
1 cup semisweet choc. morsels
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 TBSP butter
1/2 tsp vanilla

Combine chocolate and cream in a saucepan.cook over med heat until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Stirring often. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.


Saturday, December 5, 2009

Spaghetti Pie

12 oz spaghetti, cooked and drained
4 TBS butter
2/3 cup Parmesan cheese
4 eggs well beaten

Mix all of the above and press in a 9x13 pan, sprayed with non stick oil.

2 cups cottage cheese- spread over the "crust"

2 lbs ground beef, browned and drained
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup green pepper chopped
2 tsp oregano
1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes
2 (6 oz each) cans tomato paste
2 tsp honey
1/2 tsp salt

Mix all ingredients and spoon over the cheese and spaghetti crust.
Cove with foil and bake at 350ยบ for 1 hour. Remove foil and sprinkle with

1 cup mozzarella cheese

Bake 5 minutes more.
(Thanks to my sweet mom-in-law for the recipe!)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Oreo Truffles

Made these for dessert tonight!

Oreo Truffles

Blend a box of Oreos (I used my mini-chopper)
Mix crushed Oreos with 8 oz of softened cream cheese.
Roll into small balls--
Place in the refrigerator for a few hours. (Not 100% necessary--but helps them stay together a ton!)
Melt a package of Almond Bark (I used my fondue pot)
Dip and cover Oreo balls in melted almond bark.

Love these!!!

Chicken Spaghetti

Chicken Spaghetti

Boil and cube 6 chicken breasts.
Cook 16 oz of thin spaghetti-using 1 Tbsp olive oil
Chop 1 onion and saute in olive oil
Add 1 large box of Light Velvetta Cheese, 2 cans Rotel Tomatoes, and 1 can of Tomato Bisque Soup to the onion.
Stir frequently - let cheese completely melt.
Add chicken - stir.
Add pasta-stir (it is thick--so fold over and over)

Place in a 13 by 9 (I think you need a bit bigger)
Bake 350 degrees for 30 min.