Wednesday, June 1, 2016


When you live in a city that hosts an annual Strawberry Festival,
then you have to pick, eat and prepare strawberries during this
extravaganza. We all love the berries and we are fortunate to
live close to a strawberry farm and able to pick them right off
the vine. This recipe is adapted from Kelly Senyei's, 


2 (8oz.) pkgs. cream cheese
3 Tbsp. heavy cream
5 Tbsp. sugar
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. lemon zest
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups crushed graham crackers 
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries ( cut up)
1 cup Cool Whip or homemade whipping cream


I used my hand mixer and a large mixing bowl.
I put the cream cheese, heavy cream,  sugar, lemon juice and
  zest, and the vanilla extract in the bowl and mixed on a med.
  high to high speed until smooth. It should appear creamy.
Using a small glass or dish, add the crushed grahams for the
  first layer, then add the cheesecake mixture, then the berries.
  Top it with whipped topping.
Serve.   Place in refrigerator if serving later, add the topping
  when served.

*Crush your grahams first, then measure what you need.
*Choose a fun mini wine glass or other small parfait glass.
*You can prepare the cheesecake mixture the day before
  then use.
*Pipe in the cheesecake mixture using a sealable plastic bag,
  cut a tiny hole in the corner of the bag and fill, it won't be 
  so messy.

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