Tag Archives: cheesecake

Lemon Cottage Cheesecake

Lemon Cottage Cheesecake

This cheesecake is a variation of my Croatian Mom’s wonderful cheesecake she used to make us when I was growing up.  The key ingredient, cottage cheese, was used because it was cheaper and more readily available than creamed cheese, mascarpone, or ricotta cheese, plus cottage cheese is used in many Croatian dishes like ‘Strukli’, which I love!  This cheesecake is ... Read More »

Trail Mix Sweet Potato & Pineapple Cheesecake

Trail Mix Sweet Potato & Pineapple Cheesecake

  Preheat oven to 300 (for 75 minutes) then 350 for 15 minutes Makes: One springform cheesecake What you need: Crust: 6 trail mix bars (I used Kashi Trail Mix chewy granola bars.) 2/3 cups regular oats 6 tbl melted butter Pinch of salt Filling: 1 29 oz drained canned sweet potatoes (or fresh equivalent if you want) ¼ cup pineapple juice 2 tsp Rodelle vanilla 1/3 cup Greek yogurt 8 oz Philadelphia Cream ... Read More »

Lemon Orange Marmalade Ultimate Cheesecake

Lemon Orange Marmalade Ultimate Cheesecake

Usually my cheesecakes are rustic and peasant meaning I just dump the ingredients into the mixing bowl, blend, pour into the crust and bake.  This ‘Lemon Orange Marmalade Ultimate Cheesecake’ is different~~I took more time with it, like I used a hand mixer and actually let things get fluffy and blended well together,  I used several cheeses, which means it’s ... Read More »

‘živjela Kata Croatian Cheesecake’


I’ve had others ask me, ‘Why do you call this Croatian cheesecake?’  Probably the best reason is that I learned how to make cheesecake, this version, from my Croatian mom who learned it from her Croatian mom, my grandmother, who came to America in the early 20th century, and who, like many other immigrants, were looking for a better life, ... Read More »

Blackberry Ginger Cheesecake

Blackberry Ginger Cheesecake

Creation of: Tonya Rounds Weinbach, my lovverrrleee FB foodie friend! This dessert was inspired from a specialty vinegar I found from Devo Olive Oil Co. called Blackberry Ginger Balsamic Vinegar (can also be found at Palmetto Olive Oil Co.). The flavor combo immediately caught my attention and the taste was truly delightful! I’ve been wanting to try a cheesecake with a ... Read More »

Blood Orange and Lemon Rustic Cheesecake


Blood oranges are in season, and when I spotted them at The Pig, I started doing a littl’ happy dance right there in the produce section!  Produce does that to women, ya know—trust me, I know because I posted on FB a picture of the beautiful produce section from a recent trip to Earth Fare, asked to click ‘like’ if ... Read More »

Lemon Cottage Cheese Cake with Peaches n’ Cream Chambord Dessert Sauce


Growing up in rural Southern West Virginia, my Mom (Kata), who was Croatian, made THE BEST chesecake known to mankind!   ’Zivila Kata’ (Long Live Kathryn in Croatian) We didn’t have it often because it was a ‘delicacy’ and speciality reserved for special occasions, company, holidays, etc….I mean the ingredients, well, for our family, were quite expensive… Read More »

‘Guavaberry & Raspberry Swirled Cheesecake Tart’


My daughter, Jennifer, went on a cruise with her mom and dad a few months ago.  I kept baby Nicholas, my son and Jen’s 5 months old, so she could make the cruise.  Are you totally confused?   Jen’s my DIL, but I don’t call her that because she’s like a real daughter to me.  Now that I have that cleared up, let me ... Read More »

Butternut Squash Frangelico Cheesecake with Coffee Frangelico Reduction Sauce


Some home chefs are ‘recipe followers’ while others are ‘recipe creators.’  I fall in the second category.  My recipe/dish creations come from an intuitive instinctive type of something that I have in my personality and psyche.  This intuition and instinctive nature also emerges in other areas of creative life very often, so it’s only second nature to me and something ... Read More »

Rose Wine Water Cheesecake Pie


Inspiration for this cheesecake, which is sexxxxy and sweet and just perfect anytime but especially on Valentine’s Day came from one of my favorite foodie bloggers…I started cooking with roses and edible flowers because of my sweet friend, Karen Toochek, who owns Crystallized Flowers in Ohio.  You can find Karen’s company’s page on Facebook,   and I assure you, you will ... Read More »