DEAR MELBA: Here is a recipe for Cherry Cheesecake that my mother made often when I was growing up. I have two grown sons, and it's absolutely their favorite dessert. I make it for holidays and it's requested for every birthday celebration. Our oldest son even requested it for his college graduation party.
It's simple to prepare and may be made, without the addition of the fruit, and frozen ahead of time. When needed, just thaw it, spread with the fruit and enjoy. I always double the recipe and bake it in a 9-by-13-inch pan in a 350-degree oven for 30 minutes. It's also simple to substitute blueberry pie filling for the cherry pie filling, if desired.
11/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup melted margarine or butter
1 package (11 ounces) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling
Prepared whipped topping
• To prepare the crust, combine the cracker crumbs, 2 tablespoons sugar, and margarine. Press over bottom of a 9-inch-square baking dish.
• In large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, eggs, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Pour over the crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool and spread with pie filling. Top with prepared whipped topping.
CHRISTINE EILERTS, Jones
DEAR MELBA: I hope you can tell readers about Bethany's Route 66 Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Bethany.
It'll all be fun, but two of my basic interests because I am owner of Buckboard Quilts will be the quilt show, featuring 200 antique and small art quilts, plus I have written “OK Pioneer 1905 Cookbook: Food for Body and Soul.” It consists of recipes from pioneer days in central Oklahoma, and includes recipes like Molasses Drop Cake and Roast Beef with Oyster Dressing, which will entice the taste buds and make you want to keep this book within easy reach.
The book is also flavored with turn-of-the-century photographs, 1905 ads and stories of our pioneers. They will sell for $15, and I plan to be there to sign them. The $15 will be donated to the Regional Food Bank.
JUDY HOWARD, Oklahoma City
DEAR MELBA: I would like to have recipes for cookies made with boxed cake mixes. At one time, I was a Cub Scout den mother, and every Tuesday after school, eight hungry boys arrived and settled down for cookies and milk. I would like to make some of these cookies again, but seem to have lost my recipes.
BOBBIE FOREMAN, Norman
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