Thursday, December 09, 2010

Merry Cheesecake

Cinnamon-Coffee Cheesecake and Lemon Zest Cheesecake

Chocolate-Hazelnut Cheesecake and Coconut-Lime Cheesecake
They'll look a lot better topped with whipped cream, doncha know?

Since the 9th is our 32nd anniversary and since my arm is on the mend and I can't knit, it occured to me that I could make a special treat for our celebratory dinner. I have had these mini-springform pans for a year and haven't gotten around to using them until now.
Amazingly and to my own surprise I had all the ingredients except the graham cracker crumbs for the base of the cakes. Thinking it's just cookie crumbs I decided to whip up a batch of almond shortbread and use that for a substitute.
Then I went online and searched for mini cheesecake recipes and found this one.
Hmm...flavorings. There are a few things we all have on hand, fresh lemons, chocolate sauce, hazelnut syrup for coffee, instant coffee granules, coconut and cinnamon, so I put those to use flavoring the individual cakes. I feel just like the Barefoot Contessa on the food channel, who is always making something nice for her darling husband when he comes home. Since Dave is working across the road, he actually does come home at the end of the day!
Coincidentally the Christmas party for the knitting guild is the same day, so I will be in town, very near the gourmet grocery, and I'll be bringing back something marvelous for our dinner, and some champagne to go with dessert.
One of my fave bloggers just lost her husband last week and it makes me realize how lucky I am to have mine right here. I am giving him extra squeezes every chance I get.

Care for a bite?

Our pine trees at the end of the drive are decorated with these styrofoam apples, and they are falling off all the time from the windy conditions. Chum retrieved this one after a walkies and when my back was turned chewed it to pieces, all over the couch. He looks so innocent. Ha!


  1. YUM.Cheesecake!

    I love the way some dogs like to have a "toy" gently swinging by a thread from their mouth. What a hoot!

  2. Makes you feel good just by looking at them. And possibly I put on a few grams from this view.

  3. Sharon8:00 AM

    Apple? What apple?
    Now I would be saying ... Cheesecake? What cheesecake?

  4. randi9:16 AM

    Happy Anniversary to you both! Delicious food and drink - a puppy too - and an on-going love affair. :)

  5. Pammyfay11:36 AM

    Happy anniversary wishes! We'll forgive you if you're too hungover tomorrow (and you should be!) to blog!

  6. Doesn't it feel great when you can whip up something like that and impress people?
    Chumley always looks so darn innocent and lovable!

  7. Chumley reminds me of my daughters Bella. She came home to her fiances Christmas present (a snorkeling set to use on their upcoming honeymoon) all chewed to pieces on the floor.
    I guess she doesn't want them to leave her?

    Hope your arm is better soon and yum yum to those cheesecakes and Happy Anniversary!

  8. Jillian11:42 PM

    Love cheesecakes--our current fav is lime. I cook ours in the pressure cooker and they always come out perfectly! (I'm a big pressure cooker fan, I have a couple of the electric ones.)

    Sir Chum certainly is Mr. Personality! It's great to see his pics.

  9. Bonnie11:28 AM

    My mom has used a combination of shortbread cookies and gingerbread cookies for the crust of a pumpkin cheesecake at Thanksgiving - yummmm

  10. OK, now? Now that you have the picture, I can do what I'm meant to do?

    Melody, I sure am glad those are MINI cheesecakes! When I saw all those and you mentioned anniversary, I thought you were going, no, gone overboard!

  11. The styrofoam apple picture made me laugh so hard. What a funny puppy. How can you ignore such a face.


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