Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy 2nd Blogiversary to me! Let's celebrate with some cheesecake!


WOW! I can't believe that it has been 2 years since I started this blog! I originally started blogging per the request of a friend and to give me something to do while Nathan was deployed. I can't say that I ever saw myself stopping, but I never imagined that 2 years and 540+ posts later that I would still be doing this.

My blog has gone through highs in posting and lows in posting. I think that is true of most blogs. I try to maintain a steady stream of posts, but real life comes before blogging, so that doesn't always happen. Commenting has really fallen by the wayside lately and for that I apologize. I have been able to keep up with posting new recipes here for the most part but have had very limited time for commenting on other blogs. I do check out the posts in my reader and try to comment when I can, but that doesn't happen as much as I would like. So for those who take the time to comment here, please know I appreciate it! I know how time consuming it can become and I love reading whatever you have to say!

Thank you so much to all who have read, commented, and supported my blog over the last two years. I am so grateful for all of you and I hope you will continue to stop by!

To celebrate my blogiversary, I thought I would post my cheesecake recipe. I can't believe that after 2 years I have not posted this. It is probably one of my most requested desserts and I must say that it is fantastic. So rich, so creamy, so delicious!

Ultimate Cheesecake

Crust:
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
5 TBSP butter, melted

Filling:
5 (8 oz) blocks cream cheese
1 3/4 cups sugar
3 TBSP flour
1 TBSP vanilla
1 1/2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp lemon zest
1/4 tsp salt
5 eggs

Preheat oven to 525.

Mix crust ingredients; press into 9" springform pan. Set aside.

Beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar through salt; beat well. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Pour filling over crust and bake at 525 for 7 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 300 and bake 40 minutes longer or until almost set. Remove from oven and cool to room temp.

Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours.

11 comments:

Grumpy and HoneyB said...

Perfect post for your blog birthday! Did you know that today was also national cheesecake day? lol. Congrats Cristine. I love it here and I love you!

Jennifurla said...

happy 2 years!

The Grows said...

Well, I am so excited to havet his recipe posted so that I can make it. I have tasted it and it is soooooo good.

Katrina said...

Happy 2 years to you and many more to come, I hope. ;)
GREAT looking cheesecake!

The Mortensens said...

Two years! Congrats! The Strawberry Cheesecake looks delicious! What a great way to celebrate.

Eliana said...

What a great way to celebrate. I looks awesome.

Katy ~ said...

Happy blogoversary to you. It has been a delicious two years and I am certainly looking forward to more delicious posts.

Commenting has fallen off for me as well; I just don't seem to get around as much as I would like. But even if I don't comment, I do come and visit :)

Cheesecake is a wonderful wonderful way to celebrate. Looks creamy good. YUM

Natalie said...

you can't go wrong with a good cheesecake! Happy blogiversary, I LOVE your blog! :)

The McBride Family said...

So glad i got to have some ofyour cheesecake again!!!!! It's been too long. 2 years I can not BELIEVE IT!!!!!

Brad and Erica said...

Happy Blogiversary!Two great years!

Ingrid said...

Congrats on reaching this milestone! I hope the next two years bring new and exciting experiences for you and your blog. :)
~ingrid

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