So we made it safely to the coast and as planned my wife, Byrd, started her very first homemade cheesecake. We got our most recent issue of Fine Cooking in the mail a couple of days ago and it had a great article on how to make cheesecake. She decided it was going to be the first thing she did when we arrived today. She got off to a rocky start when using the food processor on the graham cracker crust, it exploded on her. But the crust came together as soon as I cleaned up the mess.
The batter was much less eventful it went off without a hitch. I am very proud of her. It took an hour in the oven and then it had to sit for an hour cooling, before you put it in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. This baking thing takes too much patience. I am ok waiting for a butt to come of the smoker 20 or so hours later, but this doesn't make the entire house smell delicious. I don't know if I can take much more of this baking.
So here is where the pretty, finished picture would be. But there was a slight issue with bringing the nicely chilled homemade cheesecake out of the refrigerator. See as Byrd pulled the pan from the fridge, her hand went smoothly right through the bottom of the pan and the whole homemade cheesecake landed face down on the newly cleaned rug... So there is no pretty picture.
I will say that it was the best cheesecake I have ever put in my mouth. We scraped what we could off the freshly vacuumed carpet, (from the crust incident) and enjoyed every bite. The texture was perfect and flavor even better. This will not be the last time she makes cheesecake, but it will be the last time she gets to serve it!