Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Great Aunt Louise's Cheesecake and Strawberry Sauce

As I munch on cucumbers from the Chatham Mills Farmers Market - here is a recipe worthy of this year's luscious strawberries! I think the berries this year are the best I've ever tasted. Maybe the slow spring gave them plenty of time to ripen gradually? I don't know! They are divine!!

Great Aunt Louise's Cheesecake and Strawberry Sauce

Crust
Pat of butter (for pan)
1 1/2 packages of Graham Crackers-crushed (abt. 2 cups crumbs)
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
Heavily butter 10" springform pan. Mix dry ingredients and pour melted butter over top. Mix. Use a small measuring cup to help you press it evenly into pan.

Filling
16 ounces small curd cottage cheese (Do not use non-fat. There are too many additives and salt)
16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup white sugar
4 large eggs
1/4 cup corn starch
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
16 ounces sour cream
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Using a sieve or colander and rubber spatula, press cottage cheese into large mixing bowl. Add cream cheese to bowl in 6-8 chunks. Beat at high speed until creamy - about 4 minutes. Beat 1 minute more while gradually adding sugar. On medium, add eggs one at a time and beat for 1 minute after each one. In glass measuring cup, mix cornstarch and lemon juice until smooth. On low speed, add corn starch and lemon juice, salt and vanilla and mix for 1 minute until smooth. By hand, fold in melted butter, then sour cream. Pour into springform pan. 

Bake 1 hour and 10 minutes - until center is firm and edges are slightly brown. Turn off oven and let sit inside with door propped open (use wooden spoon) for 45 minutes to overnight. When cooled to room temperature, chill.

Berry sauce
1 quart fresh strawberries
1/4 cup white sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup apple juice
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Rinse and hull berries. Cut large ones in quarters. Crush enough to make 1 cup pulp. Put rest in pretty glass bowl and chill. In 4 cup glass measuring cup mix sugar, cornstarch and salt. Add apple juice and stir to dissolve. Add berry pulp. In microwave heat at 50% power until boiling, stirring every 2 minutes. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and gently stir in butter and lemon juice. Cool to room temperature. Pour over whole berries in bowl and chill before serving.

The sauce is also delicious made with peaches.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Calendar June - July 2014

It's my birthday and we're having a party! 

My Aunt Nell Dodson and her sisters. 


Cure for the 

Monday's Comedy 

9pm Monday June 9
Tir Na Nog Irish Pub
S. Blount Street, Raleigh 






Monday June 9 - Standup
Cure for the Mondays Comedy
Blount Street
9pm - Raleigh

Tuesday June 10 - Workshop
Bynum General Store
950 Bynum Road
6-9pm - Bynum

Wednesday June 11 - Storytelling

Carrboro Farmers Market
Town Commons
3-6pm - Carrboro



Wednesday June 11 - Standup
Comedy Lottery Open Mic
DSI Comedy Theater
West Franklin Street
8:30pm - Chapel Hill

21 Tips for 21 Pounds!

Here are 21 tips to mark the 21 pounds I have lost since February. Folks are beginning to notice (me too!) and are asking what I'm doing to lose weight. It's not as much dieting as making lifestyle changes. Here's the list so far. I can't wait until I can add to it! 
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Life choices tip #1These days if I want something fizzy I'm drinking sparkling water instead of diet soda. The brain reads artificial sweetener as real sugar. This triggers an insulin response --which prompts the body to store fat. 

Life choices tip #2: I'm substituting sweet potatoes for white potatoes. Microwave for about 5 minutes, split open and add one tablespoon of real cow butter. Sweet potatoes are low glycemic and have more fiber, minerals and vitamins than white potatoes. 

Life choices tip #3: More fiber = more full. 
  • I'm switching out white bread and flour tortillas for whole wheat. 
  • I'm adding extra lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers to sandwiches. 
  • I'm eating lots of salads, vegetables and fresh fruit.
  • For spaghetti sauce or taco filling, I mix 1/4 cup oat bran and 2-3 finely chopped carrots with the meat while sauteing. The carrots adds a sweetness, and the bits blend in by the time the sauce is cooked.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Calendar - May 2014

Saturday May 3 - Storytelling
Margaret Lane
10-Noon - Hillsborough

Saturday May 3 - Storytelling
Food Truck Rodeo to benefit TABLE
Orange United Methodist Church
Martin Luther King Boulevard 
3-7pm - Chapel Hill

Tuesday May 6 - Standup
Back Bar Comedy
100 East Franklin Street
9:00pm - Chapel Hill 

Wednesday May 7 - Storytelling
Carrboro Farmers Market
Town Commons
3-6pm - Carrboro

Wednesday May 7 - Standup
Comedy Lottery Open Mic
DSI Comedy Theater
West Franklin Street
8:30pm - Chapel Hill

Thursday May 8 - Standup
Neptune's Comedy Open Mic
Neptune's Lounge
14 West Martin Street 
8:30pm - Raleigh

Saturday May 10 - Storytelling

Durham Farmers Market
Foster Street
9am-Noon - Durham

Monday May 12 - Standup

Cure for the Mondays Comedy
Blount Street
9pm - Raleigh


Tuesday May 13 - Workshop
Bynum General Store
950 Bynum Road
6-9pm - Bynum

Wednesday May 14 - Standup
Open Mic
East Street
6:30-8:30pm - Pittsboro

Wednesday May 14 - Standup
Open Mic
Salisbury Street
8:30-11pm - Pittsboro

Saturday May 17 - Storytelling
Chatham Mills Farmers Market
Hillsboro Street 
10am-1pm - Pittsboro

Monday May 19 - Standup
Smashathon Comedy Open Mic
Franklin Street
9:30pm - Chapel Hill

Tuesday May 20 - Standup
Open Mic
Goodnights Comedy Club
West Morgan Street 
8:30pm - Raleigh

Wednesday May 21 - Standup
Comedy Lottery
West Franklin Street
8:30pm - Chapel Hill 

Thursday May 22 - Workshop
Bynum General Store
950 Bynum Road
6-9pm - Bynum

Tuesday May 27 - Standup
Open Mic
West Morgan Street 
8:30pm - Raleigh

Wednesday May 28 - Storytelling
Durham Farmers Market
Foster Street
3:30-6:30pm - Durham

Wednesday May 28 - Standup
Comedy Lottery
West Franklin Street
8:30pm - Chapel Hill 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Show at Sola Coffee Cafe! Plus Clydefest in the News and Observer

Two items! 

One - did you see the Raleigh News and Observer on Sunday? Clydefest was on page B1 and the photographer got a great shot of me mid-story. Great photos of Clyde and several local kids too! 

Bynum storyteller Cynthia Raxter gets wound up as she tells the story about finding a snake in her bed one night during the 13th annual ClydeFEST Kids Carnival of Folk Art fun. CHUCK LIDDY — cliddy@newsobserver.com 

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2014/04/05/3761228/13th-clydefest-draws-a-crowd-040514.html#storylink=cpy

Monday, December 2, 2013

Calendar - December 2013

Calendar - December 2013 



Sunday December 1 - Storytelling
Pittsboro's 1st Sunday!  
Pittsboro Toys
44-B Hillsboro Street

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1-4pm - Pittsboro

Sunday December 1 - Storytelling
Birthday - Private Party
4:30-6pm - Pittsboro

Monday December 2 - Workshop
Bynum General Store
Bynum Road
7-9pm - Bynum

Saturday December 7 - Storytelling
E. Margaret Lane
10am-12noon - Hillsborough

Saturday December 7 - Standup
SiP Comedy Showcase
Bass Lake Road
9pm - Holly Springs

Monday, November 25, 2013

Storytelling at Pittsboro Toys December 1

Come to Pittsboro Toys!!

Classic and handmade toys. And fun.

15 Hillsboro Street
Pittsboro, NC     

Sunday Dec. 1 
1-4 p.m.

Cynthia Raxter Storyteller

Real life farm stories!     

Pittsboro’s First Sunday Music! Art Galleries! Food! And Fun.