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Time for some homemade cheesecake courtesy of romance writer Cat Johnson!

I've run across this great recipe in my on-going search for fun dishes with neat stories behind them. Since I'm a writer and author, even on the culinary and history side of the genre line, I recieve a ton of contact from fellow writers. One such update that pops up in my email every week or so is from Romance Author Cat Johnson.

Romance, Bare Chested Cowboys and Food?
I posted that I was looking for some recipes for my blog from other writers and she responded with her recipe for cheesecake. During the disscussions about formating, ingredients, and such she mentioned that "real food" and "real dishes" are a big part of her writing. That includes... cheescake and... "Fried Bologna?" I had to ask!

I had just started writing a contemporary western romance for Kensington Publishing (One NIght with a Cowboy)), and I was wasting time... networking on Twitter for research. I'd noticed that one of my followers had a URL for a restaurant located in Drumright, OK. The book I was working on was set in Stillwater, Oklahoma. I thought it might be fun to have the characters drive to an actual existing establishment for a date. And, the New Yorker in me also needed an example of Oklahoma menu fare, to add realism. I checked out the menu at Joseph's Fine Foods, and made a comment on Twitter that I wasn't sure even I could make their signature smoked fried bologna sandwich sexy, even if it was 'hickory smoked and deep fried and served topped with cheddar cheese'. That began an exchange between me, my readers, and the owners of Joseph's regarding bologna, which eventually resulted in a challenge of including it in the book!" - Cat Johnson

Are you ready for some Cheesecake?
Ok ladies and gents, have fun trying out this Cheese Cake recipe from New York Times and USA Today Best Selling Author Cat Johnson. And, if you are a lady that enjoys another type of "Cheese Cake" then be sure to check out Cat's website and her offer of Wallpaper images. Have fun!

Cat's Cheesecake

Make crust by mixing the following. (Mix the crust according to directions on the package.)

For the Crust

  • 1 package Graham Cracker Crust Mix
  • 5 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar

For the Cheesecake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 lb cream cheese (or 2 – 8 ounce packages)
  • 3/4 cup sugar

For the Topping:

  • 1 Pint sour cream
  • 6 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Directions For the Cheesecake:
Separate eggs. Beat whites til stiff. Separately, beat yolks slightly. Set both aside.

  1. In separate bowl, mix cream cheese with 3/4 cup sugar. Fold egg whites and yolks into cream cheese mix gently.
  2. Pour into crust-lined pan. Bake 40 Minutes at 350 degrees. Center should be firm and top starting to lightly brown. (see pic below)
  3. Cool 5 minutes. (leave oven on)While the cake is cooling, mix the ingredients for the topping (see below).

Directions for the Topping:

  1. Mix sour cream with 6 tsp sugar and vanilla. Spoon evenly over baked cheesecake.
  2. Bake 10 minutes more.
  3. Refrigerate for 12 hours before serving.
  4. Remove from spring pan.
  5. Optional serving suggestion: Top with fresh berries as garnish.

Recipe, Images and info courtesy of Cat Johnson.

Kent Whitaker

Kent Whitaker, also known as "The Deck Chef," is a culinary writer and cookbook author. He's also penned Young Reader and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill.