bring on the cheesecake, it’s new year’s eve!

ah, new year’s eve. the year’s end never fails to encourage a bit of introspection. i thought i might snake away this year and pass into the next one without falling into tradition and making a mental or literal list of resolutions. i was so close to getting away with it, but alas it was not meant to be. the second one of my friends asked me if i had any resolutions, i started thinking.

i can’t remember where the motto “live it, love it, be it, do it,” originated, but my friends and i use it frequently as terms of encouragement. of course any phrase loaded with that much enthusiasm has to be some kind of joke to some degree, right? right. but this year, i’m actually going to “live it, love it, be it, do it!” these are my new tenets of the LLBD philosophy:

1) live it: breathing is good. it’s very good.
2) love it: if i don’t love it, i’m not going to hope for it. if i do love it, then the next two steps follow.
3) be it: passion makes everything better.
4) do it: i’m throwing hamlet syndrome off, slaying paralysis, and becoming an agent of action!

happy new year (soon)!

note: i was on a bit of a blog hiatus while school was in session, but i guess one of my new vows is to try to keep up with it. i think i’d like to keep a blog list of my dining hall food inventions–new ways to make old things taste good.

for now…i will upload a picture of and recipe for cheesecake which my dad and i have been perfecting over the last three months.

CHEESECAKE

Regular Cream Cheese

16 oz. cream cheese, softened (Philadelphia brand works best) 800 calories x 2 = 1600

2 extra large eggs 75 calories x 2 = 150

1/2 cup. sugar 350

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ready made pie crust 800

total calories = 2900

OR

Fat Free Cream Cheese

16 oz. cream cheese, softened (Philadelphia brand works best) 240 calories x 2 = 480

2 extra large eggs 75 calories x 2 = 150

1/2 cup. sugar 350

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 ready made pie crust 800

total calories = 1780

1. With mixer at low speed, beat two extra large eggs and vanilla extract together. Add in softened cream cheese (2 hours at room temperature) and mix it at higher speed for about 2 mins.

2. Then mix in slightly less than half of a cup of sugar and check sweetness. (i tend to like my cheesecakes more tart, so i put in about 3/8 a cup of sugar)

3. Pour mixture in pie crust and bake for 40 minutes at 325, remove from oven after 50 min (leave in oven for 10 minutes after the oven is off).

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