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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake

How to make the best homemade chocolate orange cheesecake from scratch - This DIY recipe is simple and easy but does take a bit of time. Top with chocolate ganache to hide any cracks and add a layer of richness and decadence. Original recipe uses graham cracker crumbs for the crust. You can leave out the orange extract for a real, classic New York style cake.

I love cheesecake. Joe would say cheesecake is his favorite dessert. Our favorite cheesecake is served at a diner not far from our home.  It’s amazing. I think we might have a new favorite now. I’ve never before tried to make a cheesecake, and I found the April Daring Bakers Challenge a bit daunting. Jenny from JennyBakes.com proposed that we all make the same cheesecake, but she challenged participants to make their cheesecakes show stoppers. I tried. How’s that fellow to the right? He’s a show stopper, all right. I jest. The cheesecake was a little ugly, but I doctored … Read more

Easy Homemade Ice Cream (Philadelphia Style – No Eggs)

How to make the best homemade vanilla ice cream recipe including variations for many different fruit flavors including strawberry and chocolate! This simple and easy recipe has no cooking, is made without eggs, and uses an ice cream maker machine to make the finished product. This quick eggless recipe is also no cook!

Originally published on June 12, 2009, this easy homemade ice cream recipe has delighted my family for almost ten years. Because it has no eggs, it doesn’t need to be cooked at all before freezing, and I have no worries about giving my kids raw eggs. As you probably have already guessed, I no longer eat ice cream because of my bariatric surgery, but my family still eats and loves it. We usually have some in the refrigerator at any given time. I love ice cream. I love to make ice cream. Back in Febraury, I shared an awesome recipe … Read more

Easy Homemade Chocolate Ganache

Easy Chocolate Ganache Recipe

I put chocolate ganache on pretty much every dessert I made. Do you know what it is? It’s a rich, creamy chocolate layer that I use to top cheesecake (hides the cracks), cakes (it’s tastier than frosting), cookies (because, why not?), and my fingers. Ganache is amazingly easy, too, so I whip it together every time I put baked goods in the oven. In less than the time it takes the thing in the oven to be done, I have made a small batch of ganache that will add some amazing to the deliciousness soon to come.   Print Recipe … Read more

Gluten-Free Cheesecake That Everyone Will Love

gluten-free cheesecake

Joe and I dated over cheesecake. It’s the one dessert he really enjoys, and I often ordered a slice when we went out to dinner and shared it with him. Now that we’re married, I make him order his own. Today is our wedding anniversary, so I wanted to share our new favorite cheesecake recipe. I love cheesecake, but I am not very good at making it. In fact, the cheesecake above was the first one I ever made that didn’t crack on top. I don’t know why this particular one didn’t crack when all the others I’ve ever made … Read more

Broccoli and Three Cheese Lasagna

The best healthy vegetarian broccoli & three cheese lasagna recipe - Uses noodles and ricotta with tomato sauce.

We had lasagna for Christmas Eve. It was party a nod to last year’s bizarro Christmas Dinner, but more importantly, a filling meatless meal that we could serve in accordance with Joe’s Catholic tradition of abstaining from meat on Christmas Eve. Is that normal? Do most Catholic believers abstain from meat on Christmas Eve? When I asked Joe the reason, he said, “I dunno. It’s just what we always did.” Not so helpful in explaining it to an outsider like myself. At any rate, the lasagna was delicious, and it made me happy. I found the recipe in my December … Read more