Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Productive Day

So what is this "Probiotic?" Doesn't it sound like some kind of new fangled antibiotic? Okay I'm leading up to the first thing I did this morning. I was at the grocery store last week and couldn't get my usual "Jersey Farms" plain yogurt to make my own so after browsing the limited yogurt section we have I grabbed this:

Now, I don't know about you, but that word "Probiotic" sounds like I just came from the doctor and was given a prescription for a nasty infection. Couldn't they have come up with something better sounding and, really, do they need it on the label? And, of course, in my curious mind I just had to Google it and Wikipedia does have some interesting facts about it... hmmm I hadn't even heard of it until I saw a commercial on TV not too long ago, but then I live in the sticks so it takes me awhile to hear about these things. Anyway... getting back to this morning, I used it to make my homemade yogurt and it worked really well. The yogurt was done in exactly 3 hours 20 minutes, it tastes excellent, and the consistency is perfect! I'm quite impressed, even if it has probiotic on the label (smile).

After putting the yogurt in the dehydrator I made up four loaves of bread, not 100% whole wheat because I ran out but around 50%. I usually make five loaves of bread but decided on making some bread-sticks and buns using a portion of the dough. I rolled out the bread-sticks and before putting them in the oven I painted them with an egg wash and sprinkled on some course ground salt. Okay, not so healthy but darn good tasting (I'll eat some of my Probiotic yogurt and that will counteract the salty breadsticks). The buns were egg washed and sprinkled with sesame seeds.

After the bread was done I thought "what the heck I might as well try this cheesecake recipe I've been wanting to make." Yeah I know, hadn't I done enough today? Well I thawed out the cream cheese and got at 'er. I doubled the recipe and I have two in the fridge setting as I type. It's a no-bake recipe and is actually quite simple. Here's what I did and the ingredients are already doubled for y'all, split it in half if you only want one :)

No Bake Cheesecake
2 graham cracker pie crusts (Store bought or mix roughly 3 cups graham cracker crumbs, about 3/4 cup melted butter, and about 1/2 cup sugar, and press into 2 pie plates, refrigerate)
2- 8 ounce packages cream cheese, softened (I used one light and one regular)
2 cans sweetened condensed milk (I used one light and one regular)
2/3 cup lemon juice from concentrate
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 can fruit pie filling, any kind, chilled (I'm using 40% less calories cherry from E.D. Smith)

Prepare pie crusts. Whip cream cheese until fluffy. Add condensed milk and continue beating. Add lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into pie crusts and let set in fridge for three hours. Pour pie filling on top, serve. Refrigerate leftovers.

Okay I'm done... it's a frozen pizza night, and I'm heading to the garden to pick some lettuce for a salad... oh and you won't see this post until after six because I want to put the pie filling on the cheesecake and snap a pic :)

Wow, look at that, it's after 6... enjoy!

Cherry No-Bake Cheesecake


Dora Renee' Wilkerson said...

Oh, yes that cheesecake looks GREAT!
Ok, I'll ride my horse for an extra 20 min today so I may be able to make this when I get back from my trip to Toledo.

Thanks for posting it. Boy, does it look good!

Dora Renee' Wilkerson

Anonymous said...

Oh, YUM!!! Everything looks beautiful! A really good cup of coffee would go nicely with that slice of cheese cake.

Thank you so much for the advice about the zukes. I will try it as soon as the new flowers blossom. I've been reading, too, that you can eat the blossoms. There are recipes in the Encycl. of Country Living (I got mine yesterday!! yea!!!!)

Also, I had NO IDEA I could use my big excaliber dehydrator for making yogurt - I thought one needed a special machine! How cool! I think I have everything to make it (I'm not sure if my plain yogurt has live cultures or not - I'm pretty sure that is the kind I bought last time I went shopping...)

So much to do and just not enough time to do it all in - isn't life wonderful?!

Pat said...

Kansas...Can a person put in an order for bread and buns? If so I will take five loaves of whole wheat(HA!HA!) I really don't know where you find the time to do all this and keep a clean house besides. See you soon..SCHOOL IS OUT(ALMOST FOR ME)

Mom said...

Hi Kansas
Wow looks good. Wish I was there.
Love ya Mom

Gerri said...

Hi Kansas,
Made that cheese cake for lunch dessert. It was awesome. Thanks for posting it.

Berry said...

Wow that cheesecake is mouthwatering! :D I can even taste it already just by looking at the photo. I'll try making one, but i'll make mine blueberry :D