Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mothers Day

A daughter is a mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters' role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships. ~Victoria Secunda


A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall u
pon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving


Today I cooked a seafood dinner for my Mom-

I made Salmon,Shrimp Scampi and Linguini with Clam Sauce (of course Mom made the Clam Sauce because hers is always better!).

For dessert I made my first Gluten Free Cheesecake.

I found a great Gluten Free chocolate cookie (by Pamelas products)

that made the perfect crust for the bottom of the cake.

I used a cheesecake recipe from Pierre Franey's Cooking in America.

It is creamy and rich and seems to be a family favorite.

The base:

1 tablespoon of butter

1/2 cup of cookie crumbs

The Cheesecake:

3 packages of cream cheese (8 oz.each at room temp)

4 large eggs,separated

1 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of pure GF vanilla extract

1 cup of heavy cream

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees

Butter the bottom of a 9 inch spring form and spread your cookie crumbs.

In the bowl of a mixer cream your cream cheese,add your eggs and blend for 15 seconds.

Add 3/4 cup of sugar and your vanilla. Keep beating for 5 seconds.

In another bowl,preferably copper- beat the eggs until soft peaks form.
Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar- continue beating until stiff peaks form .

Using a large rubber spatula,fold the egg whites into the cream cheese mixture.

Pour into your spring form pan and place on a tray into the oven.
Bake for 1 hour...

then turn off the oven

and let it cool for 2 hours

with the oven door ajar!

I was so happy-

although it didn't look perfect and beautiful-


I hope everyone had a wonderful Mothers Day...