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New York Cheese Cake

When we were in Delaware, we had an amazing cheese cake for dessert one night. Pam, who made it could not join us because she was receiving some “hurricane refugees” at her house. But on the night of Hurricane Irene, I met Pam, and she gave me the recipe. It is easy to make, unhealthy and good. I tried it out last night at a friends birthday dinner and it was excellent.

Although it uses a lot of cream cheese, it feeds about 10 people, so there is plenty to go around.

Here is my metricated and slightly modified version of the recipe:

Use a 24cm Spring Form Pan

Crust Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp of vanilla
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup butter


Place butter into mixing bowl.  Pour flour and sugar on top of butter.  “Fork-In” flour and sugar into butter.   Add Vanilla and Yolks.

Roll dough into ball and place in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Roll out 1/2 of the dough (OR I JUST PRESS THE DOUGH WITH MY FINGERS ) on the greased Base of the Spring Form Pan, and the rest on the sides of the pan.

Bake 220 degrees for 8-10 minutes until slightly golden brown.

Filling Ingredients 

  • (allow the below ingredients to sit at room temperature for 1 hours)
  • 1kg Philadelphia Cream Cheese (4 packets)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1/2 tsp of Vanilla
  • 5 Whole Eggs
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream

Put cream cream Cheese in mixing bowl.
Add Sugar and mix well.
Add flour, mix well.
Add vanilla.
Add 1 whole egg at a time and blend well.
Add 1 Egg Yolk at a time and blend well.
Fold in Heavy Cream.

Pour batter into Spring Form Pan
Bake 180 degrees for 20 Minutes then drop temperature to 140 degrees for 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

When cooled…place fruit topping of your choice…


Long Island

I caught this shot coming into JFK airport at about 5:30 in the morning, just before we landed. The view is looking up towards Long Island, in the general Boston Direction.

This was taken with the point and click, but considering the circumstances, I think that it came out ok.

Gibson Guitar wall

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A wall at Planet Hollywood, Times Square. It contains a couple of hundred Gibson Guitars, mostly the Les Paul.

This is a fitting memorial to the famous Les Paul, who died on August 13 2009. He created the Gibson Les Paul guitar, which was played by almost every rock band in the world.

He also invented multi-track recording, which of course revolutionised the music industry.

Lets make that 16 means of Transport in USA – the Limo

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On Thursday I phoned to book a cab to take us to the airport from Manhattan to JFK Airport on Friday.

So, we were all packed, waiting at the hotel reception for the cab to arrive, when an eight seat stretch Limo pulled up at the door. It could not possibly be ours. The driver walked in to reception and walked straight up to us. "Are you room 522?" – he asked.

Yes – the Limo was ours! So, Lois and I went to JFK airport in style. I really felt like a rock star. It was fantastic! I have no idea why we got a stretch Limo, I have no idea why it cost the same as a yellow cab – but I was not going to complain.

So, New York – we will be back soon. Keep up the style!

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