Food Friday: Plain Old Cheesecake


















Plain Old Cheesecake


18 graham crackers (I have used digestive biscuits)

1/4 cup melted butter

1 Tablespoon honey


16 ounces cream cheese

1/3 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 Tablespoons lemon juice














Crumble graham crackers in a food processor. Melt the butter with the honey and pour into the crackers as the food processor is going.














Turn it out into a spring form pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper if you like. Press the crust into the bottom so it is more or less even and comes up the sides a little.














Put all the filling ingredients into a bowl and blend until smooth. Pour it on top of the crust and bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degreed F.














Cool at room temperature until you can handle the pan. Then put it in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours so it is firm.














Top with berries, or jam, or eat it plain.




Food Friday: Mexican Wedding Cakes






My brother’s favorite cookie was always the Mexican Wedding Cake.  They really aren’t Mexican or cake.  They are also known as Russian Tea Cakes.  Or by several other names around the world.  We always made them with walnuts but I have seen them made with pecans and other nuts as well.    They are cookies and they are good!!

Mexican Wedding Cakes


Finely chop 3/4 cup walnuts.



1 cup soft butter

1/2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar

1 tsp vanilla

Sift together and stir in:

2 1/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp salt


Mix in:

3/4 cup finely chopped walnuts

Chill dough

Roll into 1 inch balls

Place 2 inches apart on un-greased baking sheet


Bake 10-12 minutes

Cook till set – lightly brown on the bottom

While still warm carefully roll in powdered sugar.

Cool and roll in sugar again.

Food Friday: Sicialian Twists
















This is my son’s favorite cookie and he is usually the one who makes them. They take some time but are not difficult.

Sicilian Twists


1.5 cups almonds

0.5 cup honey

0.5 tsp cinnamon

Put all ingredients in a food processor and go at it until you have a smooth paste.









Set aside


2 cups flour

one-third cup sugar

1 tsp baking powder

0.5 tsp salt

4 ounces (1 stick) cold butter cut into pieces

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp finely grated lemon zest

Combine the dry ingredients.









Add the butter









You can do this in a food processor or using your fingers. It should be mixed until it looks even and the butter is all incorporated.

Add the eggs, vanilla and zest.

The dough should be easily formed into a ball.

Flour your work surface and roll out the dough. I do half at a time. You can cool it in the refrigerator wrapped in plastic for a while if you think it needs more firming up.









Cut into strips about 1.5 inches wide.









Spray your hands with cooking spray or rub with butter.

Take about 1 tablespoon of the filling and roll it it into a long thin tube and set in center of a strip of dough.

Fold over the dough to enclose the filling.









Cut into thirds and twist each piece once or twice.









Place on a cookie sheet covered with parchment or foil.

Cook in 350 degree F oven for about 12-14 minutes – until slightly brown on the bottom.

Just before serving you can drizzle with honey and cover with sliced almonds. Mine never seem to last that long.


Happy New Year!!