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.

 

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.

 

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.

Stewed Veal with Vegetables

Lekue’s new steamer & roaster allows you to easily roast & steam, OR, steam and roast

Ingredients  for 1 to 2 servings

1 1/2 pound veal for stewing

1 small potato

1 small onion

1 med carrot

peas (optional)

1 1/2 C water

Olive oil

Seasonings to taste

LeKue's new Steamer &Roaste
LeKue’s new Steamer &Roaster

Method

Cut the veal into cubes , season with salt and papper, coat lightly with flour. Place in the tray and dress with olive oil.

Cook, uncovered, in the oven for 15 minutes at 392 F

While the meat browns, chop onion, cut carrots into slices

Cover the browned meat with carrots, onion and water and your choice of seasonings. Cover.  Cook in oven 1 hour at 350 F.

Add chopped potato and optional peas. Recover and cook 30 min at 350 F.

Microwave Dehydrating

My herbal pot gardens are producing extravagantly this year.  Rather than pull out the dehydrator I’m drying herbs in the microwave – it’s easy and quick.

Dried Parsely
Dried Parsely

Spread your herbs on a flat surface – one that allows the water to escape below. I use my LeKue steam case tray.

Heat at full power (800 W)* uncovered at intervals of 3 to 5 minutes, until they are fully dried. For best results turn the herbs over at each interval.

  • see post: Powering down to 800 w

 

 

The Microwave – My Best Friend

Defrosting tips

microwave ovenUntil LeKue came into my life my microwave was a limited tool used for reheating a cup of tea or bowl of soup. Now I’m learning to use my microwave to great advantage and my 15 year old microwave is my best friend providing me with tasty, beautiful and very nutritious meals.  

Today’s tip – Defrosting food in the microwave                                 from Lekue’s SHORTCUTS

Lekue Steamer
Lekue Steamer

Freezing is one of the best methods  for long term food preservation; it stops all biological processes. Frozen foods, once cooked and stored properly, have organoleptic and nutritional properties that are very similar to those held prior to freezing.

To defrost in the microwave, it is recommended that you do so in different phases, mixing the ingredients of the dish from time to time to ensure the dish is defrosted evenly.

Defrost in a covered container to prevent food from drying out; the retention of the steam will help homogenize the inner temperature.

One trick for defrosting individual pieces (one piece of raw salmon? slices of bread?): add 2 to 3 Tbsp of water to the steam case (under the tray), the food on top of the tray will defrost nicely.

Use a glass of water to aid in defrosting
Use a glass of water to aid in defrosting

OR.. place the food to be defrosted on a dish and cover with a microwave-proofed lid. Set a glass of water beside the dish. Defrost time will be slightly longer with this method, but it will keep the food from partially cooking. Reason?  It is the water temperature that will rise  – not the temperature of the food.

Defrosting food in the microwave is safe and fast. Bacteria do not have time to multiply – but the food must be eaten immediately after defrosting.

Always use microwave safe utensils and cookware and follow the directions of your microwave.

A New Use for an Old Friend

Using Lekyue’s Minute Cake Pans as Prep Bowls

Lekfue's Minute Cake Pans
Lekfue’s Minute Cake Pans

Thanks to one of today’s customers, we’ve found a new use for Lekue Minute Cake Pans.

They make great one-serving deserts.

I use them for cereal bowls carrying them through the house as I ready for the day.

Add a silicone lid and they become a containers for left overs.

Great children’s dishes.

 

Summer Vegetable Rice Medley

A light nutritious main dish for summer

1/2 zucchini, diced                                                                                         1/4 yellow summer squash, diced                                                                   3 baby bella or white mushrooms, sliced                                                     1/2 C long grain rice                                                                                         1 C water                                                                                                           1 tbsp olive oil                                                                                             Salt and Pepper

Summer Vegetable Rice Medley
Summer Vegetable Rice Medley

Dice the zucchini, yellow squash and mushrooms. Place all ingredients in LeKue Rice Cooker with pinch of salt and pepper. Cook in microwave for 16 minutes at 800 watts. Remove from the microwave and let sit for 1 minute. Enjoy!

Did you know. . .

A new use for your microwave

Your microwave can help you peel certain ingredients faster and easier. Put the ingredients in a LeKue Steam Case and cover with water. Heat in the microwave at full power (800 watts) as follows:

Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people
Steam Case serves 1 to 2 people

Chestnuts   1 – 1:30 minutes                                                                     Garlic 30-45 seconds                                                                                 Tomato 1 minute

And try using those chestnuts in this soup recipe:

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a saute pot.  Lightly saute 3/4 oz mushrooms, 2 peeled and quartered chestnuts,
    Chestnuts
    Chestnuts

    half a clove of peeled and sliced garlic. Salt to taste.

  2. Add 1 1/4 pt of vegetable stock, 2 tbsp rice. Cook at med. heat.