I bake bread for my family every week. Home baking is not that hard, not that time consuming, and certainly cheap! You don't need a bread machine or a lot of fancy equipment. This blog features a tutorial on home bread baking, tips on equipment and ingredients, and recipes for real home cooking.


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It's just too easy to make a cheesecake! One of the guys at work told me that oe can buy premade cheesecake filling. Why bother, when it is easy to make cheesecake from readily pronounceable ingredients?
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 pound cream cheese, broken into small pieces
  1. Blend the cracker crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar, and the 1/4 cup of melted butter, and line the bottom of a 9 inch ungreased springform pan.
  2. Blend the sour cream, 1/2 cup of the sugar, the eggs, and vanilla in a food blender for 1 minute. Add the cream cheese. Blend until smooth.
  3. Blend in the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter. Pour into springform pan.
  4. Bake in the lower third of a 325 degree oven for 45 minutes.
  5. when the baking is finished, remove the cake from the oven and turn on the broiler. Broil the cheesecake, watching carefully, until the top shows little spots of brown.
  6. Refrigerate at least four hours before cutting.

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  • I'm Susan Och
  • From Lake Leelanau, Michigan

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There's more to food than just nutrition, otherwise we would all be eating custom-formulated kibble. I didn't exactly learn to bake from my grandmother, but my ancestors, even the ones I never met, have informed and influenced my lifelong exploration of cooking and food. Want to read more? Check out this entry from my home blog, French Road Connections