Jalapeno Popper Cheesecake

jalapeno popper cheesecake

As if Jalapeno Poppers by themselves weren’t yummy enough, we’ve gone and turned them into a “jalapeno popper cheesecake” appetizer!  A perfect addition to your next tailgating party!  This was absolutely tasty! I left out the meat and served this with pita chips, pita bread, and a bunch of different artisan crackers. Paired really well […]

Glazed-Fruit Cheesecake

A lovely appetizer that is sure to “Wow” your guests, this Glazed-Fruit Cheesecake will a wonderful appetizer or an eye-catching centerpiece for a holiday appetizer buffet. It can also be substituted for the cheese and fruit course, or even the dessert course. Serve with a favorite red wine, champagne, or with your favorite bubbly! Ingredients: 2 […]

7-Up™ Lemon Cheesecake with Strawberry Glaze

This 7-Up™ Lemon Cheesecake with Strawberry Glaze is a quick-to-prepare no-bake cheesecake that is going to WOW your family!  I’ve made this for office functions in the past, and it was a crowd-pleaser! Crumb Crust: 2 cups Graham cracker crumbs ½ Cup Butter; melted  7-UpTM Filling: 1 pkg Unflavored gelatin 1 ½ Cup 7-up™; divided […]

Taco Cheesecake?? Really?

Yes!  Taco Cheesecake!  It’s a real thing and it is so yummy!  I made this back in 2004 or so for a political fundraising event.  The Taco Cheesecake was placed on a table that was filled with all kinds of appetizers, meat and cheese trays, and veggie trays.  It was the first thing to go […]

Honey-Roasted Pineapple Cheesecake

Talk about sophisticated!  This Honey Roasted Pineapple Creme Fraiche Cheesecake is sure to wow your family and guests! Crust 1 cup graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 tablespoon sugar Filling 3 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature 1/2 cup sugar 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise (you can substitute 2 tsp vanilla extract […]

What is Cheesecake?

What is Cheesecake? In the most simple terms, it is a custard comprised of one, two or three components: a crust (optional), a filling (custard) , and possibly a topping.  If all three components are used, they are then layered into a special spring-form pan and baked with or without a water bath.  After baking, cheesecakes […]

Ginger Cheesecake

A deliciously creamy cheesecake infused with fresh ginger that is just refreshing at the end of a lovely warm spring evening, sitting on the porch listening to the evening birdsong! I just love this!  I have made this as a replacement for pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving and let me tell you, the pumpkin pie was […]

Cheesecake Q & A

How do I stop my cheesecake from cracking? A cheesecake top without a crack seems to be the ultimate measure of success.   It shouldn’t be. A crack doesn’t affect the taste. Many cheesecakes are topped and the topping covers any cracks.  There may be a number of reasons for cracks: Too much air incorporated […]

Baking the Perfect Cheesecake

Cheesecakes have been around for centuries (as in since ancient times!). From the days of the Olympics as a simple honey-sweetened treat for the athletes to today’s decadent desserts and unique savory dishes, cheesecake has evolved into one of the most versatile items we make!  As much as we all love cheesecake, it is a […]

Bleu Cheese Cheesecake w/ Pear Vinaigrette

Bleu cheese and walnuts.  Yum!! How about something different to replace the appetizer and salad course? You’ll need a 9 inch spring-form pan and plenty of time…. Cheesecake is a labor of love — not speed!  This is wonderful served on a bed of baby greens with candied walnuts. Line the pan with parchment paper […]

Maple Cheesecake with Roasted Pears

Talk about a fancy, restaurant quality cheesecake right there in your own dining room!  I made this as part of a trio of cheesecakes for a wedding reception – the bride’s favorite!  This is a no-bake cheesecake that will wow any guest! Crust: 1 pkg shortbread cookies 3 tbsp butter, melted Process the shortbread cookies […]

Pear-Hazelnut Cheesecake with Pear-Raspberry Sauce

This recipe comes from my days as a cheesecake connoisseur/maker!  I made this for a wedding rehearsal dinner and it was a huge hit! I really wish that I would have taken pictures back then!   Please be aware that this is not a recipe you can whip up in an hour or so, be […]

Sweet Honey Ricotta Cheese

Who knew making a yummy spreadable cheese could be so darn easy???  This is one of my favorites, and is so versatile — you’ll be customizing the recipe to your tastes in no time at all!! So, let’s get started!! First, gather your materials! Cheesecloth, large heavy-bottomed pot, slotted spoon, rubber spatula, strainer, and a […]

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