When I think of cheesecake I can’t help but think of Vicksburg Mississippi. You may think that this is odd since New York is famous for delicious cheesecake but my favorite recipe comes from Vicksburg. My Grandmother Theda Faye was also born in Vicksburg and introduced me to the city. I had Great Aunts and Uncles that called Vicksburg their home.Vicksburg holds many fond memories for me besides cheesecake but that’s a story for another day.
When I think of New York Cheesecake, only one Deli comes to mind, Carnegie Deli. I am happy to report that I was able to have a piece of the Carnegie Deli Cheesecake before they closed their New York City place after 79 years last month. 79 years is an impressive run for a restaurant in any city let alone New York.
I love cheesecake sweet or savory. There is nothing better than one made at home from farm fresh eggs and quality ingredients. The cheesecake melts in your mouth. I have a couple of friends that adore cheesecake as much as I do. I won’t name names but you know who you are.
My go to recipe as always been Praline Cheese Cake from the Vintage Vicksburg cookbook. It is hard to beat that cheesecake flavor with a Praline Sauce. The Praline sauce speaks to the New Orleans in me. I have never served this recipe without someone asking for the recipe.
In creating a cheesecake, I wanted to use the lovely flavors from this cheesecake but lower the fat and sugar content without compromising the flavor. I don’t use low-fat products in my cooking, which left lowering the amounts. I served it at a dinner party the other night and my guests made it disappear. This version is not as heavy and dense as the New York Style cheesecake.
Our friend AKA Focus had a friend from out-of-town visiting. Grill Man and I planned a yummy meal for Focus and his Snow Bunny. Pierre and Jazz joined us to welcome Snow Bunny to our sweet little corner of the world. Friends, food, fire and fresh cocktails, how could you fail?
Grill Man cooked a beef loin on the grill to the perfect temp and whipped up the mashed potatoes into a delicious frenzy. I cooked onions, mushrooms, butter and garlic for the beef and a quick dish of zipper peas with garlic. With a delicious entrée, homemade bread and dessert, I elected to not serve appetizers. This worked well and allowed us time to sit in front of the fire before dinner with a cocktail.
It all paired nicely with the homemade bread whipped to a frenzy in the bread machine. Did you hear the angels singing? Fresh, hot bread out of the oven. When we heard the bread timer go off, we were forced to taste test try before dinner. Why wait?
Bread Machines are easy to use and make lovely bread while you move on to another task or the couch for a quick nap or a glass. I am most happy to report that I purchased my bread machine at a yard sale for $5. Angels singing! If you need a brand suggestion, send me an email. I will be share the brand name and model.
The cheesecake was the last bite to end the meal. My taste testers approved the cheesecake. It was a lovely meal with friends new and old. The recipe for a great evening.
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