Monday, April 23, 2007


SLAY A DRAGON DAY In Greek mythology, Perseus slew a monster that threatened Andromeda. Not to be outdone, the Crusaders from the 1300s told the story of Saint George. George used his magic sword to kill a dragon ... just in the nick of time to save the king’s daughter from being sacrificed to the fire-breathing beast. As the story goes, this dragon had an insatiable appetite and it was only through his deep faith that George was able to accomplish this deed.

Little factual information is known about Saint George other than his becoming a soldier and rising to a high rank under Diocletian. Because of his strong and open belief in Christianity, he was arrested, tortured and put to death at Nicomedia on this day in 303 A.D.

He was so revered by the Crusaders, that George was named Patron Saint of England in 1350 A.D. For many years, English soldiers wore the red cross of St. George on a white background as a badge; and it remains a part of the British Union flag.

The martyred hero is still honored throughout England on this day, Saint George Feast Day.

Today is National Cherry Cheesecake Day!

One of the world's most popular and delicious deserts!

Our Best Cheesecake

Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 1 hr 30 min
Serves: 10
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Our Best Cheesecake

1-3/4 cups HONEY MAID Graham Cracker Crumbs

1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted

1-1/4 cups sugar, divided

3 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened

2 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs

1 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream

1 can (21 oz.) cherry pie filling (optional)

MIX crumbs, margarine and 1/4 cup sugar in bowl. Press on bottom and 2-1/2-inches up side of 8 or 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

BEAT cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla in bowl with electric mixer on high speed until creamy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Blend in sour cream. Spread in prepared pan.

BAKE at 350°F for 60 to 70 minutes or until center is set. Turn off oven. Leaving door slightly ajar, leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour. Remove from oven; cool completely. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. Remove side of pan; top with cherry pie filling.

Cherry Almond Cheesecake

SUBMITTED BY: Lise Thomson

PROVIDED BY: Taste of Home

Cherry marbling and topping bring a holiday look to this lovely dessert. Its graham cracker crust includes ground almonds, which give it a crunchy texture. The nutty flavor complements the cream cheese filling nicely.

Cherry Cheesecake


This recipe has two names; Cherry Cheese Cake and/or Cherry Cream Cheese Pie. It is delicious!

Cherry Cheesecake Dessert

SUBMITTED BY: Christine Eilerts

PROVIDED BY: Taste of Home

My mother often made this lovely fruit-topped cheese-cake. Now our grown sons consider it my 'signature dessert'. Sometimes, I bake and freeze the cheesecake ahead. On the day I serve it, I thaw it, then add the fruit. -Christine Eilerts Tulsa, Oklahoma

Cherry Dessert


A graham cracker crust is filled with a creamy sweet concoction and topped with cherry pie filling, to make this easy-to-make, no-bake pie. Best served chilled.

Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake


This is an extremely rich chocolate cheesecake with a distinct caramel flavor (not a layer of caramel). Eat more than a sliver only at your own risk.

Not Yet Reviewed!


Christmas Cheesecake

SUBMITTED BY: Verna Arthur

PROVIDED BY: Taste of Home

With a cheery cherry topping and mint green garnish, this is the perfect dessert to top off a holiday dinner.

Not Yet Reviewed!


Cinnamon Cherry Cheesecake Squares


PROVIDED BY: Taste of Home

This recipe was given to me by a friend at my wedding shower 24 years ago. It has become a real family favorite over the years.