Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Recipe Theme 2021 - Savory Cheese Cake

We have been sharing our recipes on a monthly theme for several years now. This year we will be sharing recipes here on the main blog and also on our website blog as well, now you will get twice as many recipes from our stash of herb themed recipes.  We might yet make a dent in those three filing cabinets of recipes I spent a decade collecting.

This year we have set the theme as follows:

January 2021 – Baked Items

February 2021 – Breakfast Dishes
March 2021 – Italian Dishes
April 2021 - Chicken Recipes
May 2021 - Appetizers
June 2021 – Mediterranean Dishes
July 2021 – Pork Recipes
August 2021 - Seafood
September 2021 - Pizzas
October 2021 – Mexican Dishes
November 2021 - Cookies
December 2021 – Gift Recipes

For our first recipe, I have decided on an herb enhanced cheesecake that is savory and makes a great dip as well as something you can serve by the slice.

Savory Cheesecake
3 8-ounce pkgs cream cheese, softened
2 cups sour cream, divided
1 10.75-ounce can condensed cream of celery soup
3 eggs
½ cup Romano cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbls cornstarch
2 Tbls finely chopped fresh basil, or 2 tsp crushed, dried
1 Tbls finely chopped fresh thyme, or 1 tsp dried, crushed
1 tsp chopped fresh tarragon or ¼ tsp dried, crushed
½ tsp cracked black pepper
Red bell pepper slices, lemon twists, or fresh herbs for garnish

Directions:

Combine cream cheese, 1 cup sour cream, and soup in a food processor or a large mixing bowl.  Blend at medium speed until smooth.  Add eggs, cheese, garlic cornstarch, basil, thyme, tarragon, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Pour into a greased 9-inch springform pan.  Place on a baking sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes, or until lightly browned.  Turn off the oven and let stand in oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in pan on a rack.  Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.  When ready to serve, remove from pan.  Spread remaining sour cream over the top.  Garnish.  Serve with crackers, Melba toast or fresh vegetables.

 




RECIPE THEME

Each month a theme is chosen and a number of recipes on that theme from my massive archive will be shared.  This year we have 12 new topics, different from the topics of last year.  

To find the recipes of last year, check out this recipe linkSearch the blog with any of the following topics: Recipe2018, Recipe2019, or Recipe2020.

You can search the monthly theme by looking for the theme keyword in the search box and it will pull up the recipes on that theme as posted, so look at the bottom of the recipe in each posting for the KEYWORD for each month.  All recipes this year will be tagged Recipe2021 so you can find them all.

The themes are:

  • Jan 2021 – Baked Items
  • Feb 2021 – Breakfast Dishes
  • March 2021 – Italian Dishes
  • April 2021 - Chicken Recipes
  • May 2021 - Appetizers
  • June 2021 – Mediterranean Dishes
  • July 2021 – Pork Recipes
  • August 2021 - Seafood
  • September 2021 - Pizzas
  • October 2021 – Mexican Dishes
  • November 2021 - Cookies
  • December 2021 – Gift Recipes

 


Sunday, January 3, 2021

Vanilla Bath Blend - Bath Blend of the Month

Botanical bath and shower products inspired by the garden were not my first creations when I started the Backyard Patch.  In fact, I expected not to make many at all.  When I began I had Italian Dressing, Dill Dip, 6 herbal tea blends, and one bath salt recipe completed my entire catalog.  


Over time that has changed and I now make a large number of Bath Products.  They are fun and simple to create and as a result of many public demonstration programs,  I have formulated more recipes than I can ever put into my catalog of products so I have decided that I will share some of my favorite bath formulations each month.  Come back around the beginning of each month for another special body treatment. and if you look back through the blog you will see others around the beginning of each month too!

This bath recipe is best made and used immediately.  The vanilla will give you a seasonal scent while the honey soothes and rehydrates dry skin. And if you make your own vanilla extract this is even better.

Vanilla Bath Blend

1 cup sunflower oil
1/2 cup castile soap
1/4 cup honey
1 TBS vanilla

In a small saucepan, grate the castile and cover with a bit of water.  Heat to a simmer and stir until soap is melted.  Stir in the rest of the ingredients.

TO USE: Immediately take the warm and melted ingredients to the bathroom and pour it into a  running bath.

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