Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Summer Time Favorites: Fourth of July!!!

My first Fourth of July as a married woman was a transforming day.
I had never cared in the least for learning to cook or bake, much less making something that looked amazing AND tasted delicious!
And then...I saw it! A recipe for a yummy-tasting, flashy-looking dessert right on the Philly cream cheese package. I was hooked!
That was what I wanted to take to the family's 4th of July picnic....a fruit-flag-covered-no-bake-cheesecake! I was going to show them how grown up I was; what an amazing cook I had become....in my entire one month of marriage {ha!}
In the ten years {wow! how time flies!} since then, I've seen similar recipes a dozen times, but in my opinion {whatever that's worth!}, this version is still the best!

On a side note, I am aware that all these items are not available outside the U.S.  So if you don't have them, then use your usual substitutes!

No-Bake Cheesecake

2 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened
2 T. lemon juice
1/3 c. sugar
1 small graham cracker pie crust
1 tub (8 oz.) Cool Whip, thawed, divided
strawberry halves

Beat cream cheese, sugar, and lemon juice in large bowl with mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in 2 cups of Cool Whip. Spoon into crust. Refrigerate 3 hours or until set. Spread remaining Cool Whip over cheesecake. Arrange strawberries and blueberries in rows on top of cheesecake to resemble flag. Store leftovers in refrigerator {if there are any!}.

It's your turn! What was the first thing you ever made to impress someone?

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