Monday, May 7, 2007

Kahlua Chocolate Cheesecake

Some days require just a little help. I am talking the kind of fix that only a piece of cheesecake will cure.

My life right now is one of mixed emotions. I am soon going to be moving from my home of 14 years. It is wonderful to think of all the memories we made here. Morgan was a baby in this house. Morgan and Lauren's height, every year, was measured on the doorway to the basement. My family laughed, cried and threw many a temper tantrum in this house(myself included). There are so many wonderful memories.

Like my sisters and I lying on my bed, laughing and carrying on like we were 12 again. Telling stories and remembering things like when Gram and Grampie were alive, or how Kim made Annette sniff rocks up her nose when she was little. Or how Annette put Wanda in the dryer and told Kim and I she was gone. Or picking bouquets of Mayflowers from behind Bob and Beryl's house.

There was one wonderful moment when I came home from work to find that Morgan had made the Shreddie's recipe from the back of the cereal box. You know...the one that had the nuts, sugar....a snack mix recipe. Yep, he whipped that recipe up all right. It was so nicely baked to the bottom of my cookie sheet, but not a Shreddie to be found on the pan (the cereal was long gone). Just sugar, butter and nuts. It smelled good, though. I loved that day and couldn't be mad if I tried.

There are sad times, too, like when Scott left us to go work in Alberta for the first time. I thought the ache in the pit of my stomach would never go away. It is so wonderful to be more in love with the person you are married to now than when you first got married. I wasn't sure that was possible, but time has shown me it is.

There is also the memory of Lauren in her bedroom for days on end this past summer. She would rip clothes apart, create new ones and be so totally lost in hum of the sewing machine. The only time I've seen that much fabric on the floor is when I am sewing. It is like rewinding the clock and looking myself at that age. It is nice...especially when I thought all along she was a Kennedy through and through. Now I can see she's half MacDonald, too.

Even though our memories here in this house will soon come to an end, they will be forever stored in my mind and my heart. There will be new memories in a new house. Ones that will make us smile, or cry or throw just one more hissy fit. A house is just a box with 4 sides. It is the people that live in it that make it a home. So home for me will be anywhere that Scott, Lauren and Morgan are.

And as long as they sell cream cheese and Kahlua at the local grocery store...I will make it through!

Kahlua Chocolate Cheesecake

1 1/3 cups chocolate wafer crumbs
1/4 cup softened butter
1 tablespoon granulated sugar

1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate bits
1/4 cup Kahlua
2 tablespoons butter

2 large eggs, beaten
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
16 ounces cream cheese, softened

whipped cream, (optional)
Chocolate covered coffee beans (optional)

Prepare Chocolate Crumb Crust (directions follow). Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In small saucepan, over medium heat, melt chocolate bits with Kahlua and butter; stir until smooth. Set aside.

In bowl beat softened cheese till smooth. Add sugar, eggs and salt. Beat till smooth. Add sour cream and mix till smooth. Gradually blend in chocolate mixture. Turn into prepared crust. Bake 40-45 minutes or until filling is barely set in center. Remove from oven and let stand at room temperature 1 hour. Then refrigerate several hours or overnight. Garnish, if desired, with whipped cream and chocolate leaves. Chocolate Crumb Crust: Combine chocolate wafer crumbs, butter and sugar. Press firmly in bottom of 9 inch springform pan.

**I baked mine 45 minutes and it was perfect! Adjust to your own oven, of course!

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