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peconic
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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas! [Re: MichaelDC]
      #1087312 - 12/22/09 07:03 PM (72.68.64.210)

Michael! I'd like the recipe for Kim's Famous Cheesecake!

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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas! [Re: peconic]
      #1087319 - 12/22/09 07:16 PM (67.244.66.57)

i second that request, especially if it's made with ricotta.

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MichaelDC
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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas [Re: judyinnc]
      #1087396 - 12/23/09 07:11 AM (76.11.76.156)

I will dig them out and post them....gotta get a few things done before the big guy arrives

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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas [Re: MichaelDC]
      #1087531 - 12/23/09 12:23 PM (155.72.24.1)

I'd love to hear about the spinach balls? Are they made with Stovetop stuffing? I have a recipe for them that I made once and it was good so if you have something different love to read the recipe. Thanks so much.

I winded up making the wraps for mine as Stromboli was too much work in the short timeframe I had to work with.


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caribbeanscout
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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas! [Re: MichaelDC]
      #1088377 - 12/26/09 05:34 PM (97.73.64.147)

no pressure or anything, but now that santa has come and gone, do you think you can post the famous cheesecake recipe? say by next week? i'm considering making it for our office new years potluck, even if it means some may need to compromise their resolutions. thanks in advance.

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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas [Re: caribbeanscout]
      #1088492 - 12/27/09 08:19 AM (76.11.76.156)

Cheesecake:

1 cup Graham Crumbs
3 Tbsp. sugar
3 Tbsp. butter or margarine, melted
5 pkg. (250 g each) Brick Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. flour
1 Tbsp. vanilla
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs

Ganache:

1 -1/2 cups whipping cream (35%)
6 squares BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, coarsley chopped


PREHEAT oven to 325F
Mix crumbs, 3 Tbsp. sugar and butter; press firmly onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 10 min. Set aside to cool completely.

Put cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, flour and vanilla in large bowl. Beat with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add sour cream; mix well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, mixing on low speed after each addition just until blended. Pour over crust.

BAKE 1 hour 10 min. or until centre is almost set. Loosen cake from side of pan; cool before removing rim of pan. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.

To make ganache:


POUR cream into small saucepan. Bring just to boil on medium heat; remove from heat.
PLACE chocolate in medium bowl. Pour cream over chocolate; let stand 3 min. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and mixture is well blended; pour over cake immediately, do not let cool! Tip for doing this - put the cake (still on the bottom of the spring form pan) on a cooling rack over a cookie sheet and use a spatula to encourage the chocolate to fall over the side of the cake. DON'T push the ganache around on the top of the cake too much or you will not end up with a smooth glassy finish.

Before ganache sets, garnish with whole pecans. I normally set a whole pecan at the outer edge for each piece I will cut. It helps me mark the pieces and then pile 4 or 5 lightly chopped pecans at the centre of the cake. Put in the fridge for about 1/2 an hour to partially allow the ganache to cool and then remove from fridge and decorate with caramel ice cream sauce. I use the squeeze bottle and got back and forth across the whole cake in sweeping motions, then turn the cake and do the same thing in the opposite direction.

LET stand 3 hours or until ganache is set before serving.

This is really a very easy recipe and so beautiful people will swear you bought the cake from a bakery!

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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas [Re: MichaelDC]
      #1088500 - 12/27/09 08:39 AM (141.157.170.252)

I'm bringing the recipe to Florida. If our friend has a springform this is our dessert for N.Y.Eve! Thanks!!


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caribbeanscout
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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas [Re: MichaelDC]
      #1088571 - 12/27/09 12:07 PM (97.73.64.144)

thanks, can't wait to make this. now i have a question, since cream cheese in the states is sold by oz, i had to do the conversion compliments of google and 250g= 8.82oz. i'm pretty sure cream cheese bricks are 8oz each. i've made cheesecake using (5) 8oz bricks... but should i make up for the difference here? i don't bake much, but i know baking is sensitive with measurements. i'm thinking (5) 8oz will be fine...

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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas [Re: caribbeanscout]
      #1088910 - 12/28/09 12:37 PM (68.37.251.218)

8 oz. cream cheese is the standard for cheesecakes. If you are looking to reduce calories (ha), Philly Cream Cheese makes a reduced 1/3 less fat thats a real good substitute.

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MichaelDC
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Re: Staff Christmas party at the house any ideas [Re: judyinnc]
      #1090106 - 12/31/09 09:11 AM (76.11.76.156)

This is the Slow Cooker Corn Chowder Recipe I used:
2 cans (16 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
2 to 3 medium potatoes, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
pepper to taste
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups whole milk or half-and-half
1/4 cup butter or margarine
Preparation:

Combine first 6 ingredients in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Puree in a blender or food processor , then return to pot. Stir in milk and butter; cover and cook on HIGH about 30 to 60 minutes longer.

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