Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Blueberry Smoothie Cheesecake

Blueberry Smoothie Cheesecake
Dorcas Annette Walker

To beat the heat this month I plan on giving recipes that are not only cool to the taste buds, but easy to whip up and serve. Each year the summer months find me avoiding my kitchen as much as possible. As the heat increases my body tends to feel sluggish and my appetite wanes- a condition that for some reason doesn’t affect the men of my household. After spending the day in the kitchen canning garden produce or trying to stay cool by hibernating in my air-conditioned house all I want is a menu that is fast and easy. Am I lazy or what? Thankfully there are plenty of recipes that fit that category. Now is the time of year to indulge in fresh fruits and veggies.

Smoothies are a cold beverage made from fresh fruit that is blended with crushed ice, frozen fruit, or yogurt with a milkshake-like consistency. Unlike milkshakes, smoothies do not contain cow’s milk or ice cream. Stephen Kuhnau the founder of Smoothie King claims to be the inventor of the smoothie drink in the late 1960’s. He worked as a soda jerk in his teens serving people milkshakes that he could not drink himself due to his dairy intolerance. So he developed a non-dairy blend of fruit drinks that he called smoothies. Today Smoothie King is the second largest smoothie franchise in the United States. Smoothies appeal to a wide range of people due to the sweetness of fresh fruit, the high nutritional value of dietary fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. Not only are smoothies simple to make and a quick thirst quencher, but the possibilities of fruit blends are limitless. All you need is fresh fruit and a blender. You can even make your own home-made yogurt to use as a basis for smoothies.

Blueberry Smoothie Cheesecake is a creamy, cool-tasting, summer dessert that is sure to be an instant hit. This dessert is quick and easy to make and can be made up ahead of time. You can also substitute the blueberries for strawberries, raspberries, peaches or other fresh fruit to indulge your taste buds. This Blueberry Smoothie Cheesecake recipe takes around fifteen minutes to prepare and serves sixteen.

Blueberry Smoothie Cheesecake

Mix one package of crushed graham crackers with one melted stick of butter in a 9 x 13 baking dish, bake for ten minutes at 350ยบ, and cool.

In a blender on high speed, grate up 2 c fresh blueberries or 1 pkg of frozen blueberries.

Mix together until smooth:
4 pkg cream cheese
1 c sugar
1 (8 oz) cool whip
Fold in grated blueberries and pour on cooled graham cracker crust. Chill and serve. May garnish with cool whip and fresh fruit!

Dorcas Annette Walker is a freelance writer, author, columnist, and photographer from Jamestown, TN. If you have any cooking tips or favorite recipes you are welcome to contact me by mail at: Dorcas Walker, 929 Wildwood Lane, Jamestown, TN 38556 or email me at: dorcaswalker@yahoo.com. For more information about the Walker family and Dorcas’ books check out her website at: www.dorcasannettewalker.com or htpp://dorcasannettewalker.blogspot.com for other Creative Mountain Cookin recipes.

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