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. Cheesecakes are intimidating. They are finicky. They have many steps. They take a long time to bake. Oh, I am definitely a cheesecake novice. This was my second attempt at a cheesecake. Thank you Ina Garten for your wonderful recipe. I only adjusted the topping to be strawberrylicious, as that was my friend’s request. Let me back up.
One of my neighbors, now a good friend, just celebrated a birthday this week, the same week she was throwing her now 4 year old daughter a birthday! As us Moms know, our own birthdays are now about the little things like an extra hour of sleep, a quiet dinner, or maybe a piece of really good cheesecake.
It’s freezing. Almost literally. I know all you people who live even 200 miles north of Florida can’t stand our posts about 85 degree beach days in the middle of January, so this weekend you are probably not feeling all that sympathetic that we are FREEZING! Just like Northerners, I always become inspired to cook comfort foods when it’s blustery out and, not wanting to venture into the biting wind, I was not about to go hunting ingredients further than my own kitchen.
I had an idea. Chicken, stuffed with this amazing pepper flavored white cheddar, maybe some bacon, and some kind of chicken broth and white wine based sauce. But then, I tried steaming some corn for my baby girl, and I burned my hand. Bags of ice later, I knew I couldn’t make dinner. Hubby took over, placating me with more ice and a glass of wine.
It was supposed to be a little birthday party for my daughter. She turned 2. Two year olds don’t even remember their birthdays. They certainly don’t understand making a wish and blowing out candles. So, it doesn’t make a ton of sense to have a huge party to celebrate. However, I survived the last two years, so isn’t that worth a party? Yes, it is. Just not this kind of party.
I’m not a huge fan of ground beef. It brings to mind meatloaf, meatballs, and the all American hamburger. That’s all fine and good, but a little boring. So, how to make it good? Seasoning. Sauce. And Yorkshire pudding. That’s how!