Monthly Archives: August 2013

Best Cheesecake Recipe EVER!

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This is the best New York Cheesecake I have ever made in my life!!

I saw this recipe floating on fb. After I made it, I immediately went and bought the book. Awesome Old Timey recipe book, with classic and REAL ingredients. Find it here: Jim Fobel’s Old Fashioned Baking Book!

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The Best New York Cheesecake
New York Cheesecake
(Jim Fobel’s Old-Fashioned Baking Book)

5 large eggs, room temperature
2 cups (one pint) sour cream, room temperature
4 8-ounce packages cream cheese, room temperature
8 tablespoons (one stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest

Generously butter the inside of a 10-inch spring form pan. Wrap a double layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil tightly around the outside bottom and sides, crimping and pleating the foil to make it conform to the pan. This will help to prevent water seeping into the pan when you put it into the bain-marie. Position the baking rack in the center of the oven; preheat the oven to 300* Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the eggs with the sour cream until well blended.(I ALWAYS hand stir instead of beating or electric mixer) Means less air bubbles and less cracks.

In a medium-sized bowl, beat the cream cheese with the butter until smooth and creamy. Add this to the egg-sour cream mixture and beat until smooth.

Add the sugar, cornstarch, vanilla, lemon juice and lemon zest and beat thoroughly, about 2 minutes.

Pour into the prepared springform pan and place in a roasting pan (or other pan) large enough to prevent the sides from touching. Place in the oven and carefully pour in enough very hot tap water to reach halfway up the sides of the springform pan.

Bake for 2 hours, 15 minutes, or until the cake is very lightly colored and a knife inserted in the center emerges clean. Remove from the water bath and carefully peel the aluminum foil from around the pan. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool, about 4 hours. Refrigerate, covered, until well chilled. For best flavor and texture, this cheesecake is best chilled overnight.

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Tomato Worms covered in Cocoons! Read why you WANT to keep them…

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Just saw this little booger in the garden.

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FACT of the day: you WANT to keep these covered worms in your garden.

The white cocoons are the pupae of the Braconid Wasp. These wasps are parasitic insects that prey on hornworms. They will hatch and seek out more tomato worms and eat them!

Newborn Photo Prop Go Cards!!!

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Newborn Photo Prop Go Cards!!!

This is the hat that has started waves across facebook and pinterest. I get lots of messages about this hat. I can do any color yarn. I have had alot of light pink orders as well for our little Lady Bird Fans! Find it on Etsy!

Get your Custom Cardinal Hat Here!!

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