Saturday, March 15, 2008

Strawberry Fields Forever....

I wish!!! Unfortunately, it's only open from March until May. Each year, I anxiously await the opening of this local strawberry stand, just a mile down the road. Cars stop throughout the day, but if you don't get there by 3:30, you are out of luck my friend!.I missed them twice this week already, so today I decided to get their ON TIME.I wanted my berries!!!

You can purchase a 3 basket for $8 or a large flat for $16 from this friendly gal.

And what could be better than freshly picked strawberries?

A fresh homemade cheesecake, of course!

Cheesecake by Jenna...let me know if you want the recipe!
Here's the recipe :

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup margarine, softened

3 packages (8-ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 cup sour cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a small bowl stir together crust ingredients. Press firmly onto bottom and halfway up sides of a 9-inch spring form pan.

In a large bowl using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in 1 1/4 cups sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating at low speed until blended. Add sour cream and vanilla, beating at low speed until well combined. Pour mixture into crust.

Bake in a preheated 300 degree F oven for 50 to 60 minutes. Cheesecake is done when it springs back when lightly touched in the center (cheesecake will shake slightly when moved). Remove the cake from the oven and run a knife around the inside edge of pan.

Cool cheesecake on wire rack at room temperature for 1 hour. Cover pan with foil, then chill overnight.

Jenna changed one thing :
Baked the crust at 350 for 9 minutes before pouring the batter in...
then I baked it at 300 for an hour.


BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

CHEESECAKE! You're talking my kinda language! lol We still have our strawberries sent up here; but to think you're buying yours fresh off the farm stand... WOW!

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

PS - I'd LOVE the recipe! =)

a said...

strawberry season is still months away for me and I always buy a flat! and jens cheesecake looks delish would love for you to post the recipe....I usually come home get out the bisquik and make shortcake:) but nothin beats cheseeeecake! Cali oh how I miss the fruit out there! I got very hooked on fig shakes! tangelos off the tree and grapefruits off the tree....I brought a bag of them home the last time I was out there and have not had one as good since then...ok now I'm blabberin can you tell it has been a long time since I had good fruit..blah winter!

Cami said...

I've been craving cheesecake!!!

Lisa B. said...

Thanks for the vision of what's to strawberries should be here in a couple more months.

Joy said...

Hi Nancy!

I was so excited to see you have a blog! It was like seeing an old friend through a crowd! lol These cheesecake looks divine - I am going to print up the recipe.

Stop by for a visit, o.k.?


quiltdoggie said...

Oh Yummers! You lucky thing . . . we're a long way from Strawberry Season here . . . . . cheesecake looks yummy too!

Ronda said...

What time is dessert? I'm ON MY WAY! Strawberry season is still three months away here in MI. :-(((

a said...

oh bud! your shop looks awesome I just peaked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! mine is spose to be up tomorrow, tho I don't have much to put up right away I'll tinker tinker with it... waving hello to Ronda!!!!!!!!!!

FourSistersInACottage said...

Hi Nancy,
We are eating strawberries by the pounds here!!! The kids have gone thru 11 pounds of them this week. Crazy at $1.99 a pound but if that is how I can get their fruit in them, then I don't mind paying the high price.
We don't get strawberries here until August, then they are cheap cheap cheap and we LOVE to go pick them too!!!
Have a wonderful Easter and it was so fun catching up on your blog. Tell Jen I will be trying her cheesecake...YUMMY!!
Hugs and Love, Amy (Mom to the Four Sisters)