We have been updating my kitchen over the past year. Right under the stairs we have this odd little corner that used to have a desk. We didn’t use the desk very often (and it wasn’t that well-built,) so when we put hardwoods in the kitchen we ripped it out. Now we are trying to find a piece of furniture that will fit into that spot. It can’t be very tall because the wall slants in at the top because of the stairwell, and it’s only about 40 inches wide. I would love to find something antique (like a sideboard) that has good storage space. We are finding pieces that are either too large or too small so it has been a bit of a challenge. Sigh.
Last week we decided to go to the Raleigh Flea Market because I read that they had the largest selection of antiques in the area (I read this somewhere other than their own ad:-)). They had lots of options but unfortunately we didn’t find what we were looking for (due to the size.) So I guess tomorrow or Sunday we will go on another expedition to search through consignment and antique shops in the area. We will find something I am sure, but it’s so hit or miss when you are looking for furniture.
Even though I wasn’t successful finding the server, I think everyone ended up buying something….and it was just fun wandering around looking. Taylor loved looking at some of the old Barbie’s and Smurfs. I probably could have spent another hour or two there. Funny, we have never been before and now I want to go back again this weekend! I’m sure I would have to go by myself because I am not sure if Jim or the girls thought it was as much fun.
My purchases were two “vintage” cookbooks which I love, love, love. I already found a bunch of recipes that I want to make from them. The first one was from a Church in Cary, NC and it was published in 1988 and the second book was from an Elementary school in Dunkirk, NY (which is relatively close to where I grew up) and it was also from 1988. So neither one is super old (can I even call them vintage?), but I still found some recipes that I haven’t seen before. Saw the word Oleo used several times, so that made me laugh.
This Cheesecake Pie recipe was in the church cookbook and it got my attention because it had a sour cream topping, which I have always loved on cheesecake, plus it used a graham cracker crust which is always Jim’s favorite.
Ella’s drama class did their final performance on Monday night so I thought that was dessert-worthy. Everyone loved this and I really liked the cheese cake to graham cracker crust ratio. Sometimes with a thick cheesecake the crust is very thin, but as you can see in the picture you got a good dose of graham cracker in each bite – it was great. You can certainly buy a graham cracker crust at the store, but making your own is sooo easy and it’s just so much better IMHO.
For the sauce, I just sliced up some strawberries, added sugar and then pureed in the food processor. You can run the purée through a fine strainer to get rid of the seeds, but I didn’t this time.
If you are looking for a nice dessert and love graham cracker crust, give this Cheesecake Pie a try! Enjoy!
Source: Not By Bread Alone – Volume III
- 2 8 oz packages cream cheese – softened
- 2 eggs
- ⅔ cup sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 graham cracker crust (I use the recipe on the side of the Keebler box)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Beat together softened cream cheese, eggs, sugar and 2 tsp. vanilla until smooth. Pour into prepared 9″ graham cracker crust.
- Bake @ 350 degrees for 25 minutes
- Combine sour cream, sugar and 1 tsp. vanilla. Spread pie with topping and bake 7 minutes longer. Cool, then chill before serving.
- *Note – the pie is finished when it is no longer jiggly in the center. You may need to cook an additional five minutes or so. It will set even more after chilled but you don’t want it to be underdone, either.