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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

This cheesecake is my husband's favorite dessert. I like it because I don't have to bother with a springform pan and it tastes just as good! I also toyed with it using the 1/3 less fat cream cheese and there is absolutely no taste difference.

3 pkg (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 c. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. mini semi-sweet chips
1 extra serving size (9 oz.) graham cracker crust
2 Tbs. whipping cream

1. Preheat oven to 450.

2. Beat cream cheese and sugar in large bowl until well blended. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well. Stir in 1 2/3 c. chocolate chips; pour into crust.

3. Bake 10 minutes. Without opening oven door, reduce temperature to 250; continue baking 30 minutes or just until set. Remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Cover and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled.

4. Place remaining 1/3 c. chocolate chips and whipping cream in small bowl. Microwave on high 20 to 30 seconds or just until melted and mixture is smooth when stirred. Cool slightly and spread over top of cheesecake. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until topping is set. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Fruit Pizza Cookies


Store bought Refrigerated sugar cookie dough
Store bought cream cheese frosting
fresh fruit

-Bake the sugar cookies as direction say ( I like to undercook them by like a minute or two so the cookies are more chewy)- You can use homemade sugar cookies but I find the store bought kind to be tastier and easier than making the dough from scratch.

-When cool- spread on the frosting then add fresh fruit to the top so they set in the frosting before the frosting dries. I love to use strawberry slices (you can also use peaches, kiwis, raspberries, blueberries,... you get the picture)

I love these! They are so pretty/easy and make good treats for a bridal shower, baby blessing, or holiday snack.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Baked Vegetables

Husbands love this...

In a casserole dish, add

small bag of frozen broccoli
1/2 chopped onion
2 cubed potatoes
2 large carrots, cut on bias
(and any other veg you want, asparagus, cauliflower, zucchini, etc.)

season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil, dot with butter. Cover with lid or foil. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 45 min until carrots are tender and veg is nice and caramelized. This goes with any kind of meat you want, and isn't it great to only have to make one side?