Hello and welcome to Day 7 of my Countdown to Christmas Blog! Today, Mary Ricksen is in the kitchen with Oliver, sharing a few secrets. As Mary snaps out orders, Oliver, donned in his Santa cap and apron, scurries back and forth from the pantry as Mary tells him which ingredients she needs. And whilst he’s busy playing Santa’s helper, he sings to Mary. “You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry. You’d better not pout I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town.
Shoving Oliver away, Mary smiles at her adoring fans and tells them a little family history about her Christmas delights. Here’s Mary!
Here is a great recipe for cheescake Italian style, I have lots more.
Mongiello's Famous Italian Cheesecake
My grandfather came over from Italy, as they called it, "on the boat". And with my grandfather came dozens of the finest recipes ever. Here is a family favorite.
2 eight ounce packages of cream cheese
l lb. Ricotta
l pt. sour cream
l small package marscapone cheese (optional) depends how Italian you are, but it
comes out just fine with or without it.
4 large eggs
1/4 lb. melted butter
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla (the real stuff)
3 tbsp. of flour and 3 tbsp. of cornstarch mixed
1 1/2 cups of sugar
Blend the cream cheese with the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, add the melted
butter, beat again. Add the lemon juice and the ricotta and beat again.
Add eggs one at a time and beat well, real well. Add the vanilla and the flour/cornstarch
mixture and beat at least five minutes. Add sour cream and beat again till smooth
and creamy. Bake at 325 degrees in a large size springform pan lined with the graham
cracker lining listed below. Bake for one hour, do not open the oven. Then turn off
the oven and let it sit for two more hours in the off oven. Chill, put strawberries
on top, whatever you like, or just put a dab of whipped cream. Everyone in our family has their preference. One sister likes blueberries, all six of us used to fight over
what was put on top. My mother was a very patient woman.
Graham cracker lining
melt three tbsp. of butter and put in the bottom of the springform pan. Add three
quarters of a cup of graham cracker crumbs, mix and spread over the bottom of the
pan. Press to even out.
Then eat the very best cheesecake you have ever, ever had. You like cheesecake? Trust
me this is cheesecake heaven. It makes a lot of cake and it gets even better as it
sits. Your friends and family will be begging you for the recipe. Even if they are
not Pizons. (I hope I spelled pizons right, but if you are Italian you will get it).
Eat, Mangia. By the way Mongiello in Italian means they eat, and boy did our family eat!
The best Christmas cookies ever.
1 lb butter
5 cups flour
1 teas baking soda
2 teas vanilla
with sugar, add eggs, mix, add four and the rest of the ingredients.
Here's the fun part, You can put the cookies on a baking sheet by spooning some of
the dough on the sheet, pressing it down and sprinkling with decorative candies,
Or flour a surface, roll and cut them after chilling the dough, decorate and cook.
(might need to add flour as you try to roll out if dough is sticky.
Or put into a cookie press then decorate on sheet before baking
Or divide into three batches, color one red and add chopped red sweet cheeries from
the jar, color one green and add chopped pistachio nuts, the third use melted semisweet
chocolate to flavor and color.
Put all three into a loaf pan in layers, press down to get rid of air. Put in fridge overnite. Bake and slice for spumoni cookies.
I put the oven on 350-375, 10 minutes? I watch and check while they cook. You don't want them brown, or gold at all, so take out before they cook too much.
Mary M. Ricksen
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