Mini Cheesecake


12 vanilla wafers
2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2/3 cup white sugar
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling


1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

2.Line muffin tins with 12 paper baking cups. Place a vanilla wafer in each one.

3.In a medium mixing bowl beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add eggs, lemon juice, and sugar. Beat until smooth and thoroughly combined.

4.Fill each baking cup 2/3 full with cream cheese mixture.

5.Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 17 minutes. Cool on a rack. Top with fruit pie filling. Pipe whipped cream or sweetened cream cheese into a rosette on top of each cheesecake just prior to serving, if desired.

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Beef Stew


2 pounds stew beef
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups water or beef broth
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 or 2 bay leaves
1 medium onion, sliced
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Dash ground allspice or ground cloves
3 large carrots, sliced
3 ribs celery, chopped
4 red skin potato, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch

  1. Brown meat in hot oil.
  2. Add water, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, bay leaves, onion, salt, sugar, pepper, paprika, and allspice.
  3. Cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Remove bay leaves and garlic clove.
  5. Add carrots and celery.
  6. Cover and cook 30 to 40 minutes longer.
  7. To thicken gravy, remove 2 cups hot liquid.
  8.  Using a separate bowl, combine 1/4 cup water and cornstarch until smooth.
  9. Mix with a little hot liquid and return mixture to pot.
  10. Stir and cook until bubbly.

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