Tagged: ‘cream cheese’

Chocolate Velvet: Chocolate Cake of the Month

If you love cheesecake and also love chocolate, this recipe is for you. This is one of the finest cheesecakes I have ever made and the name says it all…chocolate velvet..smooth and creamy all the way down from your lips to your tummy. It sits in a yummy pecan-enhanced graham cracker crust.

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Everyone’s Favorite White Chocolate Ginger Cheesecake

This cheesecake is as close to divine as food gets. It is a uber creamy standard cheesecake with lots of sweet-hot candied ginger and a hint of ground ginger in the cake, and a gingersnap cookie crust. It is a perfect Easter dessert. Make the day before, as the cake needs to chill overnight in the refrigerator to develop the proper texture. Beware. This is truly addictive and everyone’s favorite.

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Fresh Vegetable and Cream Quiche

This is an unusual baked egg casserole; it is thick with vegetables and held together with cubed french bread and hunks of cream cheese. It is baked in a deep springform pan and served in wedges like a cake.

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Old Fashioned Tea Party/Tea Sandwiches-2

Afternoon tea is an English tradition consisting of tea and a light meal eaten between 3pm and 5pm. Little sandwiches, bread and butter, scones and clotted cream and jam or lemon curd, pastries, loose leaf tea and a glass of champagne or fruity punch set the stage for the perfect tea party.

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Desserts That Cook Slow and Never Fail to Delight

Desserts in a slow cooker sounds kinda weird, but once you have gotten used to using the appliance, the sky’s the limit. When Julie and I went to research and test dessert recipes we had a problem we had not predicted—there were too many things to make instead of not enough.

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Carrot Layer Cake with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream

greasing the crock


Cooker:  Medium or large round
Setting and Cook Time: HIGH for 2 1/4 to 2 3/4 hours
Serves 6 to 8


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/3 cup light olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon…

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Sour Cream Almond Cheesecake with Winter Berry Purées

Cheesecake in the slow cooker? Absolutely and it just might be one of the best I ever made for the texture is fabulous—unbelievably silky with no crack on top like in regular oven cooking. And it cuts into picture-perfect wedges.…

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The Strata: Savory Bread Puddings

The strata is a culinary term coined in the 1950s for an old-fashioned baked egg casserole composed of layered of ingredients, the same technique used for constructing a lasagne or quiche, only bread is used as the main starch and eggs are the binder.

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The Universal Crescent: Croissants

Long the domain of the professional baker, croissants are made by following a logical set of simple instructions to create a dough with over 150 layers, the same technique used in creating Danish pastries, another Viennese invention. When I review my past baking class schedules, I find that making croissants has been a top request from students for years; I have taught this workshop dozens of times with great success. This recipe not only makes fabulous croissants, but the stuffed variations are worth the time. This is a skill to be practiced many times, so if you feel gawky in the beginning, be assured you are on the right track.

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Slow-Cooker Almond Sour Cream Cheesecake

Cheesecake cooked in a slow cooker has an unbelievably silky texture because the machine steams the cake as it bakes. The toughest part about making it is resisting the urge to peek inside the slow cooker—the lid must stay closed to retain heat.

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