Saturday, September 7, 2013
Recently I had the pleasure of going to Ikea for the first time. I went with my son Bob and his beautiful wife Kim. We went to the Ikea in Chicago. Wow! What a place! 3 floors of wall to wall stuff. It was overwhelming at first, there were so many things to look at but I managed to get through it:) I was making a mental inventory list of all the things I wanted....all the things I was going to buy, next time. I would love to go back to Ikea around the holidays *hint hint* and shop 'til I drop:)
On the 3rd floor there was a cafeteria-style restaurant and that is where we ate. Bobby had Swedish Meatballs and Kim and I had the Chicken Tenders. We all shared a piece of Apple Cake and a piece of Chocolate Cake. The food was excellent and the Chocolate Cake was to die for!! Bob and Kim were there to buy a cabinet and some other things, so they had a cart full, but me, I just bought a jar of Lingonberry Preserves~ I am a huge fan of jams, jelly, preserves, and fruit spreads. I always buy a "jar of jam" where ever I go...
....On our way home we stopped at Trader Joe's in Milwaukee. I didn't even know there was a Trader Joe's in Milwaukee, so stopping there was like putting icing on the cake:) The first time I went to Trader Joe's, I was visiting my Grandkids in Athens GA. I immediately fell in love with Trader Joe's! I flew home from GA with a suitcase full of my Trader Joe's favorites! Every time I go to Trader Joe's, I always pick up my "favorites"and they are: Trader Joe's Brand Flakes, Kona Coffee Shortbread Cookies, Coffee and Pumpernickel Pretzels, that are wonderful with Reuben Dip. I also like to pick up a couple of "New" items to try. This time I picked up, Trader Joe's Carolina Gold BBQ sauce. According to the label, it's a golden-hued, mustard based sauce that's sweet and smoky with a hint of molasses and just the right blend of spices...I can't wait to try this sauce! I think I'm going to try it with Pork first...so keep your eyes open for an upcoming recipe featuring this bbq sauce:) They also had fresh figs on sale, something you don't ever see in the Northwoods of WI, and I was going to buy some but I didn't:( Darn it! Ikea Trader Joe's
I had a great time going to "the city" with my son and his beautiful wife:) They are both Teachers and are now back in school, but I can't wait until the next school break, so we can head back to Ikea......there are a few things I need to pick up:)
I thought the only thing that could do this jar of wonderful Lingonberry preserves justice was a Cheesecake~ This cheesecake has a light, lemony flavor that pairs well the the tart/sweet flavor of the Lingonberry preserves~ Enjoy!
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
2/3 cup butter, melted
3 packages (8 oz) each cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
3 T lemon juice
1 T grated lemon peel
1 t vanilla extract
1 cup Lingonberry Preserves
1 t lemon juice
For Crust: Combine cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 inches up the sides of a greased 9-inch springform pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 º for 10 minutes or until set. Place pan on a wire rack.
For Filling: In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed until combined. Stir in the lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla extract just until blended. Pour into crust. Return pan to baking sheet.
Bake for 45-55 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place preserves in a small saucepan, add lemon juice. Stir and cook on low heat, until preserves are melted. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. After 10 minutes, carefully run a knife around the edge of pan to loosen. Cool 30 minutes. Carefully spoon melted preserves over cheesecake. Cool 30 minutes longer. Refrigerate overnight.
~Turnips 2 Tangerines~ Lynn Huntley