These are the questions that fill the pages of my journal on the last day of the year. They are good questions to ask before making New Year's resolutions. I don't want to resolve to do anything deeply meaningful. I'd rather resolve to do little things that make us more contented and unified as a family, before these babies of mine fly the coop. I know they're little, but if every year zooms as fast as 2009, it'll feel like I have approximately 12 minutes left before they are free-thinking adults. Here's one to get started:
New Year's Resolution #1
Watch the entire collection of I Love Lucy with the charges and the Quiet Man. Laugh hard. Rewind. Laugh some more.
New Year's Resolution #2
Make more cheesecake.
All right, Resolution two may not make it past the editing table, but it works nicely into this post, since it should really be about cheesecake and not angst and the unstoppable tidal wave of time. This cheesecake is low and luscious, filled with suprise bits of raspberries and a smooth round richness from melted white chocolate. Best of all, you don't need a springform pan since it bakes neatly in a pie dish and it's ready to bake in less than twenty minutes. It would be a great way to ring in the new year, or it would be a fantastic way to bring cheer to any regular night, since regular days and nights are what life is really made of. Maybe New Year's Resolution #2 really is a good idea, after all. Happy New Year's to you and yours!
White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake
Estimated Cost: $7.00
1 and 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
1 cup frozen raspberries, not thawed
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon water
3/4 cup sugar
squeeze of fresh lemon
Preheat oven to 350. Prepare graham cracker crust by combining crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Press into 8 or 9 inch pie plate. Place in freezer while you prepare the filling. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese with a mixer until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar. Stir in eggs and vanilla, beating until combined well and mixture is free of lumps. Stir in white chocolate. Remove crust from freezer and scatter berries over the bottom of the crust. Pour white chocolate filling over crust. Tap cheesecake on the counter a few times to remove air bubbles. Bake until the outside of the cheesecake is set and lightly browned on the edges but the middle is still jiggly, about 40-45 minutes. Cool on rack for at least one hour. Chill in refrigerator at least three hours before serving.
To prepare sauce, combine raspberries, water, sugar, and lemon in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook, mashing berries for two minutes. Strain sauce. (If big chunks of berries remain, you can blend the sauce before straining.)
Happy New Year:
Be Back in 2010 with my Favorite Soups in the Crock Pot