Archive for April, 2013

I Don’t Need a Factory For Cheesecake

As you know, I love movies, music, fun potent potables, buffets, and desserts.

A couple of Christmases ago, I asked Santa for cheesecake pans and I ended up getting five!  Springform pans are the best!

Well, after the Christmas generosity, it still took me about more than a year-and-a-half before I ventured to make my first cheesecake.

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In July 2012, I made a Lemon Cheesecake when we invited our friends Vickie and Eric, and Tom, Katy, and Lena over for dinner.

Since I had never made a cheesecake before, I didn’t know it should have been a red flag when the recipe called for almost as much instant pudding mix as it did cream cheese.  While the cake was good and tasted very lemony, the texture was not creamy.  It was more chewy!

GRADE:  C

Months later, for Thanksgiving, I decided to make a Sweet Potato-Pecan Cheesecake.

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This one called for all cream cheese and no pudding mix.  It turned out very nice, but I didn’t like the rubbery crust.  However, I was following the directions.

GRADE:  A-

On Christmas Eve, after getting back home around midnight from our western Caribbean cruise, flying back from New Orleans to St. Louis to Chicago, and driving back from Chicago, I made a Red Velvet Cheesecake before we went to bed.

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This one was almost perfect and was amazing.  The only problem was the crust.  The recipe had a typo in it and I didn’t catch it.  It called for so much butter in the crust that I ended adding so many more crushed chocolate cookies and who knows how many more calories just to soak up the butter.

Once I find this recipe, I’ll post it.  It’s worth making.

GRADE:  A

And, just this past weekend, I made my best cheesecake ever for us and for our friends Andy and Michelle, Chloe, Steve, Cassy, and Maddy.

Okay, this cheesecake was the best of the four that I’ve made.

It was a Citrus-Cranberry Cheesecake and the crust (graham crackers, sugar, and butter) turned out perfect.  That will be my new standard.

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GRADE:  A+

Anthony

They Said What??? Willie Nelson, Lily Tomlin, & Rick Perry

“TODAY” SHOW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER DON NASH

(about host Matt Lauer and former co-host Ann Curry’s relationship):  “You can’t fake it for very long that early in the morning.   I think viewers have a sixth sense about all that. If your two anchors don’t like each other off the air, they’re not going to be fooled if they love each other on the air.

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“Off air, Curry and Lauer had no relationship and barely spoke.  When she started, Curry had asked Lauer out for lunch to get advice, but Lauer seemed to drag his feet scheduling it and Curry felt he didn’t offer much. … with Curry, who threw off his rhythm and also threatened his dominance of the hard-news stories, he could often look sour.”

“MALIBU COUNTRY” ACTRESS LILY TOMLIN

“It’s stunning, the progress in the last 15 years.  “Time” magazine offered me the cover in ’75 if I would come out.  I was a bit insulted that they thought I’d trade my personal life for the cover of “Time”.  It’s probably just as well. Being such a big TV personality at that time, it probably would have been tsunami-like.”

POP MUSIC ICON & BROADWAY COMPOSER (“KINKY BOOTS”) CYNDI LAUPER

“I can hear myself everywhere — I’m not deaf.  But a lot of people inspired me.  You get from everybody and you give.  It’s a whole cycle.  I love music and I will always listen to and make music.  I heard Cher say she’ll probably still be standing with the cockroaches.  I’m with her.”

ACTOR ADAN CANTO

(who plays Paul, one-third of the Paul-Jacob-Emma love triangle on “The Following”):  “It’s been strange how I’ve become desensitized or light-hearted while conversing about death and violence at work — you know, just talking about the best ways to depict a scene. I’d imagine it must be an awkward scene to eavesdrop on.”

“THE NEW NORMAL” ACTOR JUSTIN BERTHA

“I’ve thought about this a lot, because one if I’m lucky enough to have children, you have to make those choices.  I would absolutely want my child to be part of an organization like the Boy Scouts.  On the other hand, I can’t necessarily condone it if their values don’t promote equality.”

CLEVELAND BROWNS LINEBACKER SCOTT FUJITA

“I don’t ever want to explain to my daughters that some ‘versions’ of love are viewed as ‘less than’ others. I’m not prepared to answer that kind of question.”

TEXAS GOVERNOR AND FORMER REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RICK PERRY

(regarding Madonna wearing a Boy Scouts uniform and speaking out against its anti-gay policies):  It’s fascinating that someone would make that kind of gratuitous shot at an organization that has probably done as much to promote young men to the type of values that the vast majority of the people in this country aspire to.”

“MAGIC MIKE” STAR & “PEOPLE’S SEXIEST MAN ALIVE” CHANNING TATUM

“I’ve spent time with George Clooney, and he’s the most interesting man on the planet. He can do it all. I guess what I’m saying is I’d have sex with him.”

COUNTRY MUSIC ICON WILLIE NELSON

“[gay people] should be just as miserable as the rest of us,” before noting that he finds the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage “ridiculous…in this day and age.”

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“For same-sex couples, taxes are different, benefits are different, survivor benefits are different.  It’s crazy … I never had a problem with any of it. I’ve known straight and gay people all my life. I can’t tell the difference. People are people where I came from.”

FINAL THOUGHT FROM WILLIE 

“I never thought of marriage as something only for men and women. But I’d never marry a guy I didn’t like.”

Anthony