When I got married a group of ladies got together to throw a recipe shower for me.
It was my mother’s idea.
At the time I was so all about my red lipstick and Dear Abby and my giant monogrammed train…..and so not all about cooking.
But I heard there might be a toaster oven involved.
So I went.
Only a little reluctantly.
There were recipes for Potato Soup and Chicken Tori and Chicken ‘n Dumplings and Ham-Filled Party Puffs…..
…..and my mother’s Teriyaki Meatballs.
The ladies smiled so sweetly when they handed them to me.
Each recipe was hand-printed neatly on these blue checkered cards with chickens…..titled optimistically….”Good Ole Homestyle Country Cookin'”
I didn’t want to break it to them.
I wasn’t planning on cooking.
That’s what I wanted the toaster oven for….to heat up the frozen Lean Cuisines.
My dinner of choice.
But no one wants to hear nonsense like that at a recipe shower.
So I wisely kept my frozen dinner thoughts to myself…..meekly took the recipes and neatly placed them into my coordinating chicken recipe book…..
…..and promptly filed them away.
Ladies of the recipe shower….this one’s for you.
Lemon Zest Cheesecake
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tablespoons margarine, melted
2 8 oz. packages cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
1 Tablespoon of lemon juice
1 teaspoon of grated lemon rind
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
2 eggs, separated
1. Combine crumbs and margarine and press it into the bottom of a 9 inch pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
2. Combine cream cheese, sugar, juice, rind and vanilla in a large bowl.
Mix together on medium speed with an electric mixer until well blended.
3. Add egg yolks one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
4. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
Pour mixture over crust.
5. Bake at 300 degrees for 45 minutes.
6. Let cool completely and refrigerate at least four hours before serving.
My family loved it.
It’s lighter and airy than other cheesecakes I’ve tried and it has a little zing to it.
When I came back to the table…people weren’t even using forks.
They were just eating it with their hands and shoving it into their mouth and asking for another piece.
The recipe shower ladies would have been proud.
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