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Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake


By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Columnists

It’s a good day to sit back and have that second cup of coffee with a raspberry sweet roll (recipe in Tasty Temptations) and plan my favorite part of the Christmas menu...dessert.

Even though temps have been just a “little” chilly, the scenery still looks like a Christmas card with deer crossing in the front yard and a bald eagle sitting in the neighbors tree. I imagine those same deer will soon be helping themselves to the bird feeders and heated bird bath and probably trimming the pine trees. All of this wildlife entertainment must be why we live where we live.

Back to planning Christmas dessert. With all of these frozen raspberries from last summer, something with raspberries would be perfect...they look so festive and taste wonderful. So, Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake it is! The recipe makes two cheesecakes and is so easy, plus they can be made ahead and frozen.

But if you don’t want such a rich dessert, try the Raspberry Sorbet recipe. Sorbet is an easy, not so sweet, alternative to sherbet. Sometimes sorbet is used between courses to refresh the palate. However you use it, it makes a bright addition to your meal and no ice cream maker is necessary!!

During this busy time, may the joy of the first Christmas be in your heart and may we have Peace and Happiness in the coming year.



Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake

1 1/2 C frozen or fresh, lightly sweetened raspberries

1 - 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated)

2 - 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened

3 eggs

2 - 6 oz ready-made chocolate flavored crumb or graham cracker

pie crusts

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees :

2. Blend raspberries until smooth, press through sieve to remove

seeds (skip this if you don’t mind seeds), stir

1/3 C condensed milk into blended raspberries

3. Beat cream cheese, eggs and remaining condensed milk in a large bowl. Spoon into crusts & drizzle with raspberry mixture.

Swirl raspberry mixture through cream cheese mixture.

Bake 25 minutes or until center is nearly set when shaken.

Cool. Cover and chill at least 4 hours. Garnish with chocolate curls.



RASPBERRY SORBET

1/4 C water

1/4 C plus 1 T sugar

1 bag (12 oz) frozen raspberries or
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A tale of two musical evenings

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
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On a sunny and cold Thursday afternoon, I hear my husband’s car crunching up the driveway, home from work at the unusual hour of four in the afternoon. Moments later, our friends appear, and we tumble into their car for our annual trek to Decorah, ..... 
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Ultimate Sugar Cookie

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
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I am a proud new great-grandmother of three new members of the family. Two, a little girl Sydney and boy Branden both living near Dayton, so I have only made their acquaintances through pictures and Facebook correspondence and I’m not to adept at ..... 
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Summer Savory, AKA the Bean Herb

By Becky Hoff

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
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Summer savory is a lesser known but useful herb traditionally used in bean dishes and meat dressings. It has the distinction of being the only herb (aside from dill) that was grown in my Grandma Raway’s garden. The holiday turkey dressing would no ..... 
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Thank You

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Nov 22nd, 2013
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During this season of being thankful and reading all of the thankful statements on Facebook, I thought it would be good to recognize happy moments and give gratitude. Granted, this will be an abbreviated list because I only get so much space in thi ..... 
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Creamed Tomato Soup

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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By now the garden is done producing for another year, except the carrots still in the ground. We did find out carrots don’t survive even when covered with straw, so we will have to dig them soon. It was really hard to let all of the green toma ..... 
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A little of this, a little of that

By Kathy Little

Fri, Nov 15th, 2013
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“Happy Hallo-thanks-mas”! Remember when stores didn’t display Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving? Probably not, but in my youth that was the norm. Now Christmas decorations pop up around Halloween. Thanksgiving is a forgotten holi ..... 
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Pressing Cider

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Nov 1st, 2013
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My heart sank as I heard the news. The Amish family who had pressed our apples into cider for many years was not home. Indeed, nothing was left in the house at all, reported a friend who tried to reserve our pressing date. A neighbor reported that t ..... 
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Musings from the back porch!

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Oct 25th, 2013
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There once was once a lady who requested a ‘pie’ oh my, and not just any pie, not canned and not made with fresh peaches covered with glaze, but an old fashioned peach pie, thickened with tapioca! This lady is a very dear friend of mine and does ..... 
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