You will need a 9 inch springform pan
(that’s one that the outside ring comes
off) you can get it at Bed Bath and
Beyond or at William Sonoma. It can be a
gift to mom when you are done baking.

One 9 ounce package chocolate wafers
or use graham cracker crumbs
6 T. unsalted butter, melted

Pulse the chocolate wafers in a food
processor until finely ground or place in a
bag a crush with the back of a pot. If
using graham cracker crumbs just pour
them into a bowl. Drizzle in the butter.
Mix and press into the bottom of the
springform pan. Bake the crust for 8-10
minutes them cool on a rack.

1 lb. bittersweet or semi sweet chocolate
¼ c. unsalted butter
2 T. unsweetened cocoa powder
Three 8 oz. packages cream cheese at
room temperature
1 c. sugar
4 large eggs
Pinch of salt
1 ½ c. sour cream at room temperature
2 t. vanilla extract

Melt the chocolate with the butter in a
heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of
about 1 ½ inches of simmering water.
Whisk until smooth and melted. Whisk in
the cocoa powder. Remove the bowl from
the heat and let the mixture cool to room

Beat the cream cheese and sugar with an
electric mixer, beg inning on low speed
and increasing to medium-high, in a
medium deep bowl until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs one at a time, beating well
after each addition. Beat in the salt. Beat
in the chocolate mixture just until
smooth, scraping down the sides of the
bowl with a rubber spatula as necessary.
Add the sour cream and vanilla and beat
until smooth, scraping down the sides of
the bowl again. Transfer the filling to the
springform pan set in the bigger pan.
Now fill the bigger pan with hot water to
come up the sides of the springform
about halfway. Bake for 45 minutes or
until the center is almost set but still
slightly jiggly. Do not over bake. The
cheesecake will firm up more as it cools.

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Don’t be afraid - you are now going to make a
Killer Chocolate Cheesecake for your mom.
You can do this if you read the recipe twice
and go slow. Remember to get all your
ingredients together before you start.

Killer Chocolate Cheesecake serves 12

Set your oven at 350 degrees. Butter the sides
of the springform pan. Lay one sheet of
aluminum foil on the counter and place on
layer of plastic wrap on top of the foil-then
place the springform pan on top and bring up
the sides pressing them in to secure. This will
stop any water from the bottom pan of water
from entering the pan with the cake in it.

You will need a pan that the springform will fit
into with some space around the sides and the
pan should be about 2 inch tall. Place the
springform pan inside the pan. When you fill
the spring form pan and bring it to the oven
you will then fill the outside pan with hot
water so it comes up the springform pan by
about 1 inch. The moisture that evaporates
from the water will help the cheesecake to
cook with out cracking.

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Cool the cheesecake in the bigger pan in the
water for 15 minutes. Remove the
springform pan from the water and let cool
completely on a wire rack them remove the
foil and refrigerate the cheesecake, loosely
covered overnight. To serve let the
cheesecake stand at room temperature for
20 minutes. Remove the pan sides, smooth
the sides of the cheesecake with a knife and
cut into wedges. You did it.

Remember life is short but it can be
sweet----With Cheesecake.

My best wishes to all the mothers and if your
mother is no longer with you my prayers of
the day are for her. God Bless.
and as always,......remember you can do it!
Just read the recipe twice and go slow
So until the next time we meet and discuss the finer things in life and
love- be well.
Live Long, Love Often,
Be Happy and Eat Well
Cynthia Soboti
Executive Chef
Gaslight Brewery and Restaurant
Good Morning Americaaaaaa!! I was having my coffee
this morning-reading the front page of the newspaper
about the Pope visiting “Ground Zero” and I was moved
not by the expected feelings of sorrow for all that
happened on 9/11/01 but more by the feelings of anger
at the way some people seem to feel.  These people are
putting a great weight on the fact that they don’t think
the Pope is spending enough time there. Why put the
weight only on the Pope-what about the other religions?
The fact that he is here and blessing the ground should
be something special. Did he go to bless the wall
erected for the dead and lost of Viet Nam or any other
place of national tragedy?

Let’s face it, death is huge no matter how it comes but it
is also huge to die for your country, to die to protect
your right to freedom!. Don’t get me wrong-I think what
happened at Ground Zero-all the senseless deaths-is
beyond finding words that could express the sorrow and
emptiness those families feel.  I cannot believe that it
did happen here in America, the strongest most
powerful country in the World-or it used to be.  In my
opinion, anyone who wants to cripple our Armed Forces
is a moron! Teddy Roosevelt was right when he said our
country should “Walk softly but carry a big stick”, and a
strong military is our big stick. It’s too late to build a
force once the enemy steps on your face. It is better to
have the best trained soldier with the most powerful
equipment and not need to use it than to fight Goliath
with that sling shot.

There are many groups that formed in support of the
families that lost loved ones on September 11-one of
them was a group that want the ashes that had been
dumped as landfill at a site on Staten Island recovered
and buried at a more appropriate place, preferably at
Ground Zero. How do you recover ashes from the
landfill? I don’t want to seem insensitive to the feeling of
loss these families but I would never want to be in the
public eye with my sorrow. It’s a very private thing. The
loss of the loved one is a selfish sorrow we feel as
humans but if you believe as I do-death is a release of
your soul from a mortal body and a returning to your
maker- you can have solace.  That is my belief and as a
free American I have the right to express it.  It is a right
have cost many people their lives.

My article was supposed to be about Mother’s Day. A
happy and joyous day. God gives you a very special gift-
a child-to love and protect. You care for this little person,
protecting them from the world-teaching them how to
survive-to be productive-to know love and be able to
give love-your touch is tender and soft-caressing them-
nurturing them-you are a Mother-God Bless You!!!

Have a great day with the ones you love and treasure
the memories of the ones you have lost.

Lets Cook!

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