No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake

Cheesecake has always been a favorite in my family. If you love cheesecake as much as I do, then this recipe is definitely for you! The texture is creamy and fluffy which is how you want it. I highly recommend trying this recipe. It’s the type of dessert that will be very popular at parties or gatherings. I look forward to reading all your comments! 

Things you need:

2 Mixing bowls

Hand mixer or a Kitchen Aid

Food chopper

10 inch Springform pan

2 cups of crushed Graham Crackers

½ cup butter (melted)

¼ cup of sugar

2- 8 oz packages of Cream Cheese

2 cups of Heavy Cream

2 cups of Powdered Sugar

2- 21 oz cans of blueberry filling.

2 handfuls of fresh Blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Using your food chopper, crush 2 cups of graham crackers, and pour into one of your bowls.
  2. Add the melted butter and ¼ cup of sugar to the crushed graham crackers and mix until fully incorporated.
  3. Pour into springform pan, and using a fork press down until it covers the bottom. Then, using a pint glass, press down on the crust to make sure your crust sticks together.

4. Place crust in oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Then, place crust in fridge to cool.

5. Using your bowl from your graham crackers, pour in 2 cups of heavy cream, and beat on high until it forms whipped cream. (Roughly 5 minutes.) Then, set aside.

6. Using your other bowl, add the cream cheese and powdered sugar and mix until fully incorporated.

7. Next, fold in whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture, before adding in fresh blueberries.

8.Once fully incorporated, pour into crust and spread evenly.

9. Finally, spread the 2 cans of blueberry filling over cheesecake mixture, and set in fridge for eight hours or overnight.

10. Enjoy!!

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Eggless Mint Chocolate Mousse

If you love chocolate as much as I do, then this recipe is definitely for you! Chocolate mousse is somewhat of a quick dessert, it’s the firming up that takes the longest. In fact, this is one of my favorite desserts to make, especially when you add in fresh mint leaves. The texture is very fluffy which is how you want it. I highly recommend trying this recipe. It’s the type of dessert that will be very popular at parties or gatherings. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Things you need:

Mixing bowl

Hand mixer or a Kitchen Aid

Saucepan

Air tight container

3 cups of Heavy Cream

2 ¼ cups of Ghirardelli Chocolate Chips

 3 tsp Vanilla Extract         

Mint leaves (chopped)                                                                                                                                                    

Instructions:

  1. Using your mixer, mix your heavy cream until it looks like whip cream. This should take roughly 5 minutes.
  2. Next, set the whip cream in the fridge while you melt your chocolate.
  3. Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and add in the vanilla extract.
  4. Fold into whip cream until fully combined. Then, sir in some of the mint leaves, and save the rest for garnishing on top.
  5. Finally, place into airtight container and set in fridge for about 5 hours, or until firm.
  6. Enjoy!!

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Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Dutch Apple pie has always been a favorite in my family. Since Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, I wanted to try making a homemade Dutch Apple Pie before the holiday. I have included the recipe down below, so you can try making it for this upcoming Thanksgiving. I look forward to reading all your comments!

Ingredients: 

9 X 9 baking dish

Filling:

1 frozen Pillsbury pie crust

6 cups, about 8 apples (peeled and diced, you can use any type of apples such as Granny Smith or Macintosh, but I used Gala’s, Golden Delicious, and Snow Sweets.)

½ cup white sugar

½ cup brown sugar

3 tbsp of flour (I used a blend of almond and bread flour)

¾ tsp of ground cinnamon

¼ tsp of nutmeg

Topping: 

¾ cup of flour (I used a blend of almond and bread flour)

1/3 cup softened butter

¼ cup white sugar

¼ cup brown sugar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Peel and dice your apples.
  3. Put small slices in bottom crust and bake for about 10 minutes, (so it doesn’t get soggy on the bottom)
  4. Mix all of the dry filling ingredients & mix in the apples. (Make sure to coat the apples really well.
  5. Pour into prepared crust.

6. In another bowl, mix flour, sugars, and cinnamon for the topping of the pie. 

7. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the dry ingredients for the topping until it becomes a crumbly texture using a fork. 

8. Pour on top of the pie making sure to cover all of the apples.

9. Place on a foil lined baking sheet, before placing into oven for 50 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

10. When finished, remove from oven. Let cool before serving.

11. Enjoy!!

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Miller’s Ale House – Cool Springs (Franklin, TN)

Miller’s Ale House is an American restaurant located in Cool Springs Galleria on 7087 Bakers Bridge Ave, Franklin, TN. It is also within 4 minutes of the Cool Springs Galleria mall. From both inside and out, it looks like they took over the building from what used to be a Logan’s Roadhouse. It has similar décor and style of Logan’s. However, the improvements have made it better than Logan’s. The atmosphere of the restaurant is comfortable and casual. It is definitely geared towards watching sports and games on the TV, and would be great for friends and groups getting together to watch football, basketball, golf, etc. The staff members were very personable and attentive, while taking good care of the customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages to choose from, a full bar including beers, wine, signature cocktails, and soft drinks. When customers arrive, they will find seating in the dining room and bar area with the option of a booth or a table. 

Their open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday from 11 am to 12 am, and Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 2 am. The menu offerings are better than what Logan’s has become, and it makes me think of the old Logan’s menu from 5 or 6 years ago. The food is good, prices are reasonable, and I would definitely return there for another meal. 

Appetizers were the biggest hit at our table with southwest chicken eggrolls and pot stickers being the tastiest and a favorite. The steaks were good, but can be compared in quality to Texas Roadhouse or Logan’s.

The southwest chicken eggrolls are served with sweet corn, roasted red peppers, black beans, jalapeños, Monterey jack, cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, white queso, and garlic-lime crema.

Next, the pot stickers were served with pork dumplings, shredded cabbage, scallions, and sweet Thai chili sauce. Customers have the option of having the pot stickers pan fried or steamed. I chose to have them pan fried, which were amazing! 

For dinner, I had the flat iron steak with boom boom shrimp. This includes a 7-ounce flat iron steak with 10 boom boom shrimp, and two sides, which I chose mashed potatoes with gravy and a Caesar salad. 

Finally, the best part of the meal was ordering dessert. They had a few delicious options to choose from, but my table decided to go with the Capt. Jack’s Buried Treasure. This dessert was definitely shareable for 3 or 4 people, which everyone at the table thought was great. It is a triple layered vanilla ice cream cake, Oreo cookie crust, Heath Bar crunch crumble, caramel and hot fudge sauce.

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who’s looking for a great place to eat in the Cool Springs Galleria in Franklin, TN. If you are interested in checking out Miller’s Ale House, click here: https://millersalehouse.com/locations/franklin-cool-springs/?utm_source=googlemybusinesslisting&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=franklin

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Char Steak Lounge (Cookeville, TN)

Char Steak Lounge is an American restaurant located on 14 South Washington Ave in Cookeville, TN. The atmosphere of the restaurant is rustic and very comfortable.The staff is also very personable and attentive, taking good care of their customers. They have a wide selection of food and beverages with a full bar including local craft beers, wine, mixed drinks, and soft drinks. The entrance has a beautiful stone bench with a waterfall cascading down the etched glass with the Char logo, which has colored lights that are constantly changing. 

Customers have the option to be seated in the dining room at a booth or a table, or in the bar area. The booths are quite tight, so I like to sit at a table. Their seating is flexible and can easily accommodate large parties by putting tables together.

The food is all homemade, reasonably priced, and very delicious. They are open for lunch Monday through Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm, and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, and 4 pm to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday. Brunch is served on Sunday’s from 10:30 am to 2 pm. Drink specials are every night from 9:00 pm to close, and Happy hour is from 2-6 pm which include $5 appetizers, $2 draft beers, and $4 wine. They offer live music after 9 pm during most evenings. 

They are well known for their steaks such as Prime Rib and Filet Mignon. We also had the Grannie’s Meatloaf and Rattlesnake Pasta.

The Prime Rib is dry rubbed and slow cooked to medium rare. It is served  daily starting at 4 pm with an option of with au jus, raw horseradish, or a creamy Dijon horseradish sauce. Customers have the option of choosing a size between the 9 oz, 12 oz, or 16 oz. It is also one of those meals that go fairly quickly, so it’s best to order it while they have it in the restaurant. 

The Filet Mignon is an 8 oz juicy steak served with a choice of two sides.

 The Rattlesnake Pasta is fettuccini noodles tossed in a spicy Caribbean alfredo sauce with broccoli and mushrooms.

Next, the Grannie’s Meatloaf, is a special served every Friday during lunch. You also have the option of one side, two sides, or three sides. I had the Caesar salad and mashed potatoes and gravy as my side, which were very good.

Finally, for dessert we ordered the New York style cheesecake, double chocolate cheesecake, and the brownie sundae. The desserts were all very delicious. My favorite was the brownie sundae. When ordering the brownie sundae, customers have the option of adding nuts on top, which I didn’t do since I’m not a big on nuts on desserts.

 If you are interested in checking out Char Steak Lounge, click here: http://chsteaklounge.com

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