The inspiration for me to find this recipe was my husband. He loves cheesecake but was tired of the dry types.
Up here, all the wilderness we could ask for is right outside our back dooreverything from wolves to caribou!
At our church, we give seven performances of a Living Christmas Tree every holiday seasonthen hold an open house after each one, I've served this lemony cheesecake at those gatherings for years, and it's always gotten raves.
This is one of my family's favorite desserts. Because it's chilled before serving, it's really refreshing during hot weather. The smooth, creamy filling pairs nicely with the crisp graham cracker crust.
Meet the Cook: Besides tasting good, these squares are a wonderful way to use up any leftover squash from dinner.
Since my husband has a fertilizer-chemical business, I bake a lot of my squash squares for his crew and customers. We have five children, all of them married, and six grandchildren.
-Shirley Murphy, Jacksonville, Illinois
"A FRIEND gave me this recipe, and I love it so much! The secret is in the bakingI just let it barely show little bubbles on the surface before I take it out of the oven. You don't want cheesecake to bake too long."
"MOM IS KNOWN far and wide for her generosity and hospitality, and I think this pie has become her trademark! Through the years, she's probably made thousands of these pies for family and friends. The combination of peanut butter, cream cheese and chocolate in a delicious tender pie crust is a delightful finale to any meal."
I knew this cool, fruit and creamy dessert was a winner the first time I tasted it. I confirmed that fact a few summers ago when I entered the recipe in a contest at workit won first place. Co-workers still call to request it.
Mary Olson, Albany, Oregon
Mary Steiner of West Bend, Wisconsin shares a make-ahead cracker spread that showcases thyme and garlic. "A neighbor who has an herb garden gave me the recipe," Mary writes. "It's simple to stir up and makes a special appetizer for company. It's also fun to serve at a party."