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The Best Unbaked Cherry Cheesecake Ever

Reviewed: Jan. 6, 2014
I've been making a version of this recipe for years. It's always been a huge favorite and my go to recipe when I need a great tasting dessert to bring somewhere. I bake a lot and it's one of my most requested recipes. I make my version in a 9" spring form pan so the proportions of cream cheese, whipped cream, vanilla and powdered sugar are greater. I also use butter, not margarine, in my graham cracker crust and add finely chopped toasted almonds for added crunch and flavor. You can make so many different versions by changing the fruit topping or adding to the cheesecake filling. One of my favorite is the Black Forrest. Just cover the baked crust with chocolate ganache before adding the cream cheese filling and cherry topping, drizzle more ganache on top, letting it run down the sides of the cake. Beautiful and delicious!
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Breakfast Sausage

Reviewed: May 7, 2011
This is a great basic recipe. I usually mix 1/2 lean ground turkey and 1/2 ground pork. This helps to cut some calories while still giving the flavor we want. I've made several varieties of this sausage by adding different herbs, both fresh and dried to change it up a bit, sometimes cutting back or eliminating the sugar, depending on what I'm using it for. I find my family likes a sweeter sausage for breakfast but more savory for other dishes. I've also used this basic recipe to make mild Italian sausage without fennel seeds. Most Italian sausage on the market is Sicilian style, heavy with fennel flavor and not what I like or use to, being from a Northern Italian family. I just add fresh basil, dried Italian seasoning, granulated garlic, onion powder, sage and marjoram, and eliminate the red pepper flakes, cloves and brown sugar for an Italian style sausage that is just delicious. You can also add some sun dried tomatoes for a fruitier flavor. Also, to the person who felt the seasoning wasn't blended thruout the meat, an easy fix for that is to spread the meat against and up the sides of the bowl with a fork, spreading it out as much as possible, almost forming a well in the center. Then sprinkle your seasoning mix evenly over the spread out meat. Then mix together and you will have a more even flavor.
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