James’ Perfect Cheese Cake with Compote

Grandma’s melt-in-your-mouth cheese cake. Worth the effort!

Ingredients for Crust
12 whole graham cracker rectangles (6 ounces)                                           5 TBS butter                                                                                               Pat of butter to grease pan

Ingredients for Cheese Cake

2 pounds cream cheese                                                                                  1 C Sugar                                                                                                        1 TBS cornstarch or 2 TBS all-purpose flour (optional)                            1/8 tsp salt                                                                                                  1/2 C sour cream                                                                                           2 tsp lemon juice (optional)                                                                          1 tsp vanilla extract                                                                                      3 large eggs                                                                                                    1 large egg yolk

9 or 10 inch spring form pan  Try the Lekue silicone spring form!  A large roaster or baking dish for the water bath.

springform3Method

Remove the cream cheese from the frig and set on the counter to warm while you make the crust.

Heat oven to 350 degrees.. move the rack to the lowest position.

Rub the sides and bottom of the pan with a pat of butter. Wrap the pan in foil by placing two large pieces of foil on the counter in a cross. Set the spring from in the center; fold the edges of the foil up around the sides of the pan (for the water bath step).

Crush the graham crackers in a food processor (a bag and rolling pin will do) until you have fine crumbs ( 1 1/2 to 2 C). Melt 5 Tbs butter in the microwave and mix into the crumbs blending thoroughly. Add water by the TBS if needed to create a mixture that holds together. Transfer to spring from and press evenly in place with the bottom of a glass.  Bake 8 to 10 minutes until crust is starting to  brown on the edges.  Set aside to cool on a rack.

Mix the warmed cream cheese, sugar, cornstarch and salt with a mixer at med-low speed until the mixture is creamy, Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beaters with a spatula.

Mix in the sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla beating a med-low speed until creamy. Scrape the sides of the bowl and beaters.

One at a time mix in the eggs and the yolk at med-low speed. Mixture will look crumbly at first but will blend as the eggs are mixed in.  Scrape the bowl and beaters. Remove the beaters and stir the mixture by hand making sure that all ingredients are incorporated. Mixture will be thick, creamy and silky. Pour the batter over the cooled crust (must be cool enough to comfortably touch) and smooth evenly.

Bring 2 or 3 cups of water to a boil. Place the foil wrapped spring form into the roaster and pour boiling water around it until the water is just below the top edge of foil.

Bake at 350 degrees for 50  to 60 minutes. NOTE: 10 inch pans will bake in 50 to 55 minutes, 9 inch pans will bake in 55 to 60 minutes.  The cheese is done when the outer two to three inches look slightly puffed and set, but the inner circle is still moist. There should be no cracks.

Run a knife around the edge of the cake: leave in the oven in the water bath for about an hour. Remove the cheese cake from the water bath and and place on a cooling rack. Again, run a knife around the edge of the pan (cake sticking to the edges will cause cracks).  Cool completely, then place in the frig to chill.

Remove from frig about 30 min before serving; remove spring form. Top the cake just before serving:

Mixed Berry Sauce

2 Cup fresh or frozen mixed berries                                                           1/3 C granulated sugar                                                                                   1 TBS lemon juice (you may use up to 1/2 of a lemon)                                    1 TBS cornstarch

Combine the berries, sugar and lemon juice saucepan over med heat. Stir occasionally breaking down some of the larger berries with a spoon. Simmer until berries are slightly soft and juice begins to form. Add cornstarch and quickly stir. Turn up the heat stirring constantly until sauce reaches desired thickness.  Will store in frig up to one week.

Options..crust may be made with any crushed cookie including gluten free gingersnaps, chocolate wafers, butter cookies. etc.

Left over cheese cake may be stored in the frig for several days.

Grandma’s Cheese Cake from James Goings, Jr.

 

Guests coming? Need a gift? Try these

10 by 14" silicone lids Company coming for the holidays? Consider Charles Viancin’s 10 by 14 silicone lids.  Shown in the Banana Leaf pattern. Also available in the Poppy pattern  NOW 40% while supplies last.

 

13inch siicone lid in Poppy patternAnother favorite is the 13″ round lid – great for the salad bowl, stove top cooking or oven cooking (silicone takes temperatures up to 428 degrees!).  Patterns: Poppy and Lily Pad.  NOW 40% off

13" Silicone Lid in Lily Pad pattern
13″ Silicone Lid in Lily Pad pattern

 

Silicone Lids Holiday Special

Practical, Safe, and charming.

Sunflower Silicone Lids Charles Viancin’s silicone lids seal on any smooth surface: glass, plastic, metal, wood and porcelain.  Perfect for use in the refrigerator, microwave, stove top, or oven (up to 480 degrees).  Sizes:  11″, 9″, 8″, 6″ and pairs of 4″   NOW 25% off.  Buy the set and save $16.58

Holiday Specials

German steel knives and the Gefu Spiralfix
German steel knives and the Gefu Spiralfix

To help you through the holidays with ease …

Or to shop for just the gift you need for that special someone.

Buy one chef knife, bread knife or slicing knife and get a Spiralfix at 50% off.

 

Lekue Steamer
Lekue Steamer     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8b3fKEgsw2U

 

 

Lekue’s steamers with tray – small will cook an entire meal for 1 to 2 people. Large cooks a meal or vegetables for 3 to 4 people.  Designed to circulate the microwaves and it steams (the most nutritious way to cook) your meats and vegetables to perfection.  Now 25% off.. and you get a free gift.

 

Zuccini Noodle Salad

A raw salad for health enthusiasits

Zuccini Noodle Salad from Chef Sarah Bambey
Zuccini Noodle Salad from Chef Sarah Bambey

This late summer salad is a winner with avocado for texture and almond butter for a salty seasoning. By Chef Sarah Bambey

Ingredients

  • 1 spiralized zucchini

    Spiralfix for casseroles, salads, garnishes and more
    Spiralfix for casseroles, salads, garnishes and more
  • 1 spiralized cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • handful of baby spinach

Dressing

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 minced garlic glove
  • himalayan salt (to taste)

Method

  1. Spiralize zucchini and cucumber.  With your 3 in 1 Avocado tool, slice 1/2 avocado saving the other half with Coverblubber.

    This 3 in 1 tool by Oxo cuts, seeds and slices your avocado with ease
    This 3 in 1 tool by Oxo cuts, seeds and slices your avocado with ease
  2. Combine all salad ingredients. Combine dressing ingredients and pour over salad. Sprinkle with Himalayan salt and enjoy!

Gefu – Products you can trust!

Gefu’s versatile easy to use products

Nearly 70 years of know-how make Gefu a specialist in high quality kitchen tools that are functional, beautiful, practical, design engineered and ergonomically pleasing. With a head office in Eslohe, Sauerland, Gefu products are sold in 47 countries. Inner Oasis is delighted to share these outstanding products with you.

A rotary grater for hard cheese, chocolate or nuts
A rotary grater for hard cheese, chocolate or nuts

Gefu’s rotary grater is suited for making shavings and fine crumbs. The clever design allows almost complete utilization of the material while keep in your hands safely out of the way and odor free.  Fine and coarse drums; grate right into a storage container or your bowl/pan. Easy to clean. Drums can be shifted for use in the left hand.

Gefu's Spirelli easily makes vegetable spaghetti
Gefu’s Spirelli easily makes vegetable spaghetti

The most popular of our Gefu products is the Spirelli. Operating like an old fashioned pencil sharpener, it will julienne carrots, radishes, cucumber, zucchini – I’ve even quartered and used potatoes for a tasty egg side-dish. Great for stir-fry, pasta, salads, garnishes and more.

One thermometer meets every need
One thermometer meets every need

 

This newly designed digital thermometer from Gefu is fast acting (4 to 19 seconds), easy to read and measures temperatures from -49F to 392F. Operates on an easy to change battery and comes with a cap to cover the tip when not in use. Great for everything from your wine to the baby’s bath.

Make unique casseroles, salads and side-dishes
Make unique casseroles, salads and side-dishes

Gefu’s Spiralfix with 4 different widths, cuts across the width of your vegetable with two high strength steel blades. Convenient and safe. Just dial the desired width, open the lid, place the vegetable in the box and close the lid. Push down gently and turn the handle. Vegetables spiral into a non-slip container – or directly into your bowl or pan. Great for casseroles, salads, and side dishes. Easy to clean; dishwasher safe.

The Jot, The Onpot, Supoons and Chopulas!

Kitchen Gadgets adding fun to your cooking

Many of the kitchen gadgets found at Inner Oasis are here because you asked us to find them.  Here’s another. Thank you!

Dreamfarm products come from down-under (Australia) and have charmingly fun names.

The Chopula chops, flips and sits upright
The Chopula chops, flips and sits upright

The Chopula is a cross between a chopper and a spatula. It’s thin and flexible enough to chop (even in a hot pan), and flip, yet it sits upright.  The Chopula comes in multiple colors, takes temps up to 480 F, loves your dishwasher, and won’t damage your ceramic (nonstick) pans.  All that for just $11.95!

The supoon measures, stirs, mixes, scrapes and serves
The supoon measures, stirs, mixes, scrapes and serves

Dreamfarm’s Supoon, like it’s cousin the Chopula, does multiple jobs and comes in fun colors.  The Supoon, in two sizes, measures, stirs, scrapes, mixes, serves and sits up. Safe to use on nonstick cookware, the Supoon is dishwaser safe and takes temps up to 500F.   Regular, $11.95, small $7.95.

 

The  Onpot is always there ready to hold your lid at a perfect angle.
The Onpot is always there ready to hold your lid at a perfect angle.

 

The Onpot sticks to your pot lid, so you can safely rest the lid on the edge of your pot. The lids rests at a perfect angle so condensation and food splatter drips back into the pot.  It’s always there when you need it. Safe up to 350F; the Onpot comes in joyous colors  – $9.95

The Jot... sticks to any smooth surface anywhere to hang anything
The Jot… sticks to any smooth surface anywhere to hang anything

Equally colorful is JOT, a suction hook that sticks anywhere to hold anything.  Perfect for you pen, hanging your keys or your charger cord. Sticks to a smooth flat surface.  $5.95

The Scizza slides, slices and serves
The Scizza slides, slices and serves

Scizza perfectly slices any pizza, on any surface and serves.  Nonstick safe nylon base won’t scratch cookware; heat resistant up to 400F.  Hardened German stainless steel blades provide a sharp, long lasting cutting edge.  The Scizza is extra long (5″ blades) to cut cleanly and completely through your pizza.  The unique spatula tip slides under food easily.

Fun to use – time saving gadgets

Using a Orange knife
Peeling and grating ginger

Inner Oasis is about unique, easy to use gadgets that make life easier and more fun.

Orange Peel KnifeOur new Orange Peel Knife from Funkey Buddha is a sturdy stainless steel. No more sticky hands with this well-priced tool.

 

Once you’ve used fresh ginger, you will never be satisfied with buying the available dry ginger again. And now it’s easy.

  1. Peel your ginger with the tip of a regular teaspoon… hold the spoon upside down and scrape from the top (or your cut edge) down toward the palm of your hand.Fresh Ginger
  2. Use a knife (or the point of a peeler) to remove any tiny spots of skin left.  The smaller the cut you make the better.
  3. Grate with our new Funkey Buddha grater… solid on the back so it rests easily in your bowl or cutting board… with a fine grater that reduces the stringy ginger to exactly the consistency you want.

 

 

Magical Creamed Soups

One basic recipe creates a vegetable soup of your choice

Your choice of summer vegetables
Your choice of summer vegetables

The abundance of summer is upon us.  My zuccini plant thinks it is a Super Hero. Here is a quick recipe that will turn any number of  fresh vegetables into a terrific soup.

Wash and cut 1 1/2 C vegetables and 1 small potato. Add to Deep Steam Case with 1 tsp olive oil, 1 C water and a pinch of salt.

Cook 6 to 8 min in the microwave at full power (800 w). Deep Steamer large

Puree using a blender. For more flavor and a creamier texture add milk, cream or cream cheese during blending.

Options:  Try this soup recipe with zuccini, carrot, eggplant, pumpkin, leek, broccoli, spinach, chard, green beans, cauliflower or onion.

Garnishes: herbs, Spices, Seeds, Nuts, Cheese, Cereals, Sauces, Vinegars, or Crisps.

And remember: 5 1/4 to 7 oz of vegetables are considered a full serving in a meal.

 

 

Tropical Fruit Salad

A refreshing and nutritious summer salad

Make a batch of Fresh Cheese:

Ingredients:                                                                                               4 Cups Fresh Cow’s Milk                                                                            2 Tbsp Lime Juice                                                                                     2 small passion fruit                                                                                  5 mint leaves                                                                                         2/3 Tbsp sugar

Tropical Fruit and Cheese SaladHeat fresh milk for 13 min @ 800 w. Remove from Microwave                     Add lime juice and mix with slotted spoon                                                  Add sugar and the pulp and seeds from passion fruit                                     Allow to cool at room temp for 30 minutes                                               Filter through colander and add chipped mint                                                  Press with a spoon to shape the fresh cheese                                              Cover and let chill for 1 hour in the frig

Cut your fresh cheese into cubes. Serve with fresh, sliced tropical fruits such as Kiwi, papaya, mango, and banana.