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Cheesecake, anyone???

Well, I tried again a few weeks ago for my friend's birthday, and I used your suggestions: adding flour, leaving it in the oven with the door propped open for a long while, and putting it IN the water bath again, rather than over it. I also did not cool the cake in the until it had completely cooled to room temp. It held up much better, and sliced much cleaner. Thank you!!!

(I did a vanilla wafer crust on this one rather than oreo...)

May 13, 2011
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Cheesecake, anyone???

I haven't noticed any weeping, but I may be making a mistake by chilling the cheesecake too soon..sometimes I am in a rush, but mostly I try to let the cheesecake cool until the pan is able to be handled and then into the fridge it goes.

Mar 07, 2011
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Cheesecake, anyone???

i use a springform pan that has an extra lip that says it's supposed to be "leakproof", but it's not. The recipe instructs you to wrap the base of the pan with heavyduty foil to keep the water out. That is neat about your pans...I have never seen any like that.

Mar 04, 2011
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Cheesecake, anyone???

So you think it's best to put it IN the water...not just to have the water bath to make the oven humid? That makes sense about the water regulating the temp.
Well, I thought that might be the case too (it being underdone) but then when I let it cook more it just gets very brown on top. I think I will try adding flour, putting it IN the water bath instead of over, and let the oven finish it with the door proped open like you and morwen said. Hopefully that will solve my issue. When I express my dismay at how it turns out, the people who eat it always look at me like I am crazy, LOL, but I think you all understand that having it hold up and slice neatly is important too, not just the taste.

Mar 04, 2011
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Cheesecake, anyone???

I haven't tried the flour, but next time I make one I will! Thank you for that suggestion. Yes, I always refrigerate mine overnight as well. Mine never cracks and seems firm until slicing. Then the middle is sometimes slightly mushy, which is why I asked for your help. I also took to not placing the cheesecake IN the water bath, and instead put it OVER the water bath. I didn't want to take the chance of water seeping past the foil and into the cheesecake. I put the cake on a rack nearly touching my big pan for the water bath. Do you think that makes the water bath less effective?

Mar 04, 2011
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Cheesecake, anyone???

Yes I use a water bath. The recipe says to start out for 13 minuts at 475 and 50-60 at 350. However, I have an old temperamental gas oven, and I decrease the temps by 25 degrees on everything I bake. Otherwise, it always ends up overdone.

Mar 04, 2011
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Cheesecake, anyone???

I developed this recipe as a varation of one that was given to me. It has been a hit each and every time I have made it. I always get rave reviews. One problem though...sometimes, it is not as firm as I would like, and I am all about pretty food and presentation. It tastes wonderful...BUT, I want it to look perfect, too. Should I add a block of cream cheese? Take out an egg? Does anyone have any suggestions? Here are the basic ingredients for the filling part and a pic.
*Note-I don't add the toppings until just before serving, so I don't think they are the culprit.

Sugared Strawberry Cheesecake
32 oz (4 blocks) softened cream cheese
1 1/4 c sugar
1/2 c sour cream
5 eggs (whisked separately and added after creaming everything else)
1-2 tsp vanilla extract

Mar 03, 2011
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

How often to eat fish with all the pollutants?

Ha ha ha...that is very true.

Cinnamon Chips

May 19, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Chicago Area

Cinnamon Chips

Oh...I see. Thank you for explaining it :) I found another thread on cinnamon chips and it has lots of information. I am going to try googling cinnamon chips and that recipe that was posted in the other thread.

May 19, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Chicago Area

Cinnamon Chips

I was just wondering the exact same thing. I have never been able to find them either. I have never heard of Jewel, so I guess we don't have them around here.

May 19, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Chicago Area

Spicy Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes by Paula Deen

I know...but I still love her :) I think I will try them out on some friends who were drooling over my magazine with the picture on it. Then I will let you know how they turned out. Who knows...it looks wonderful in the picture, but it could taste awful in real life.

May 19, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

How often to eat fish with all the pollutants?

Oh trust me, I don't have the "not eating anything" problem :) Sometimes I wish I did!! I am not really depressed (I said after that, Okay, not seriously...) It just seems to me that every time you turn around, there is another new report or study out-that's what I was referencing.

IH, that is interesting...I haven't heard of that.

I cannot eat "strangers'" food

Oh yuck!!! Yes, I think you are right...we could all tell stories that would make us want to avoid them forever :)

What five cookbooks would you keep?

Oh thank you for letting me know. I will have to get them! I do like her. I didn't realize she helped write Baking with Julia until I reread the other cookbook last night.

May 19, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

What five cookbooks would you keep?

I am glad I read this post-it has given me many suggestions for new books to collect. I have tons of dessert cookbooks, since that is my favorite thing to make. I love Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan. The Florida Pie recipe I got from there has been a hit every place I have taken it. People just love it.

May 18, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

I cannot eat "strangers'" food

I can identify with the buffet thing...that is risky business :) I was at a chinese place one day with friends and this little boy (about 8-10 I think) was in line in front of me by himself. He proceeded to scoop up some chicken and vegetables and, with his fingers, pick out all of the vegetables and place them back in the tray. He then scooped the meat out onto his plate. I stood there in shock for a minute, looking around for his parents. When I didn't see them, I told him (nicely, I promise :) that he shouldn't do that because people do not want to eat food touched by strangers. He looked at me blankly and walked off, and his older sister walked up and glared at me. I politely pointed to the sign that says "Children must be accompanied by an adult" and left it at that. I have had trouble with eating at buffets since then....

I cannot eat "strangers'" food

Don't feel bad :) While I don't think I am quite as choosy as you are, I agree that I wouldn't eat just anyone's food. I do eat food made by people from my church, my office, or friends, but like was mentioned above, they have to be hygenic, at least. I think it would be common sense not to eat food from someone who comes in the office smelly all the time. If I know someone's house is always a mess, I am not likely to find their food appetizing. I do eat in restaurants, but those are the places that I worry about the most! I guess I just have to hope that the people are decent and that the health codes are enforced!!

Subway- First time in a long time; now I remember why....

I had Subway yesterday, and I like it. I get the oven roasted chicken on honey oat with american cheese, black olives, light mayo, salt and pepper, pickles, and jalapenos. I don't like lettuce, raw onion, or tomato (I know...I know...it's weird but I can't stand them!!) and my sandwich has flavor. Top it off with Peppercorn Ranch Sunchips and a chocolate chip cookie, and I am happy! I do have to say though, that I prefer Quizno's to Subway when I can get over there.

May 14, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Chains

least terrible chains?

Oh and Culver's. I love their burgers and fresh frozen custard.

May 14, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Chains

least terrible chains?

I don't have a whole lot of choice in my town. It's mainly all chains. But I love Chick-Fil-A. When I go back to the Dallas area (which is fairly often), I always try to go to P.F. Chang's and Spaghetti Warehouse. Can't say I have ever tried Panera, although I have seen them all over the Dallas area--Chipotle, too. I like La Madeleine fairly well, too. Oh and Quiznos is good too. I guess this is really all just a matter of opinion. Retired Chef thinks Macaroni Grill and PF Chang's are no good, while I enjoy eating at both of them.

May 14, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Chains

How often to eat fish with all the pollutants?

Oh my goodness. In addition to the thread on dairy, I am depressed thinking that everything I eat is going to somehow kill me :) Okay, not seriously, but really, when you think about how many things we do eat that are not good for us, it is kind of sad. Is there ANYTHING that won't give us cancer or heart disease??? I think the common rule must be what many of you have said. Everything in moderation...

The Hardest Things to Cook Thread

Okay, so you all got me to thinking about poaching eggs with this thread :) I found what looks like a yummy recipe-
http://www.cooksrecipes.com/breakfast...
I think I may have to use your tips and try poaching soon.

May 12, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

How often to eat fish with all the pollutants?

Ha ha :) I have, because I wanted to cook swordfish the other night!!! However, I was on the phone with my dad and he said the very same thing as the first post-that bigger fish contain higher levels of pollutants. So...in addition to the price, I decided to forego it for now...

The Hardest Things to Cook Thread

I can bake anything, but when it comes to making meringue, I fail miserably :( Good thing I don't really like it and I prefer fresh sweet cream anyway..which is a breeze to make! Can't say I have ever tried to poach an egg, I usually just scramble mine in the skillet I just fried bacon in with heavy cream, salt, pepper, and a little bit of cream cheese. Those are the best!!!

May 12, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

How often to eat fish with all the pollutants?

I love most all seafood, and I mostly eat salmon and tilapia. I am glad to hear that the general consensus is that it is safe. I eat these types of fist a lot, but I was tempted to buy some swordfish steaks at the grocery store the other day.

Dairy is bad for you? So much info out there, I don't know what to believe

Well, all I can say is that if dairy is bad for us, then I am in BIG trouble :) I LOVE cheese and I drink 1% milk almost every day. In fact, I have been drinking lots of milk my entire life. My grandmother and my dad didn't buy us soda or sugary drinks often. We drank mostly milk, water, and fruit juices. We really only drank sodas occaisionally. It seems as if something his always in the news as being harmful. The last thing I remember reading about was high fructose corn syrup, which I can see being bad for us. But dairy? I don't know...

"Only cook with wine you'd drink." Really?

Thank you, Alan, I think I am less confused now :) I will go this weekend and see what I can find.

May 11, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Spicy Shrimp Stuffed Potatoes by Paula Deen

Bushwickgirl, that is what I thought at first...but they look so good in the picture. I wondered if they were as yummy as the food artist made them appear. Maybe I will just have to make them and find out :)

May 11, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking

Great Recipes without Eggs?

I didn't think about a crisp, but you are all right...it would be a great eggless dessert. I will have to relay all of your tips to my friend. I am sure she will be grateful :)

May 11, 2010
amylovescupcakes in Home Cooking