I started the Coach4aday blog in 2014 and have done daily posts on one topic for each year. In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and in 2017 it was “Colleges and Universities”.
The one consistent piece of feedback I have received with this blog is the 2015 series on “A Friend of a Friend”. Readers and blog followers said please bring it back. The stats also back that up with the number of views each of those posts received.
So in 2018 two things will happen with the Coach4aday blog; One I plan to collaborate with a friend named John Rancke and revisit some of those 2015 “A Friend of a Friend” posts and do some new ones with a slightly different twist. I write the posts on odd-numbered days each month and John handles the even-numbered days.
In addition John and I will write about things we both are interested which will include basketball, food, people, music, our granddaughters, and great stories.
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May 26, 2018 National Blueberry Cheesecake Day
Post by John Rancke
Rejoice and praise the blueberry. One of nature’s gifts to the human palette. And so many varieties to choose from. Believe me, those blueberries you buy in the grocery store are just one of many different flavors and varieties of the sweet nectar from the blueberry bush.
We are fortunate to sit next door to Bladen County where many of the farms around White Lake grow some of those different flavors of blueberries. And the blueberry offers so many health benefits so you can’t ever eat too many. Just be sure to wash your dish when you finish and brush your teeth so you don’t get confused with Barney, that purple dinosaur.
Top 7 Health Benefits of Blueberries
Wondering about the health benefits of blueberries and how they’re beneficial? Here are the top seven health benefits of blueberries:
1. High in Antioxidants
2. Help Fight Cancer
3. Amp Up Weight Loss
4. Boost Brain Health
5. Alleviate Inflammation
6. Support Digestion
7. Promote Heart Health
Eat up my friends!!
Today May 26 is National Blueberry Cheesecake Day, so I give you a great recipe for blueberry cheesecake.
The real stuff, not that no bake just get it cold stuff in the grocery store:
• 40 vanilla wafers, crushed
• 1 cup finely chopped pecans
• 1/3 cup butter, melted
• 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened (Ramp it up, go for 3 packages)
• 1/2 cup butter, softened
• 1-1/2 cups sugar
• 2 cups (16 ounces) 4% cottage cheese
• 2 cups (16 ounces) sour cream
• 6 tablespoons cornstarch
• 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
• 4-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 4 eggs, lightly beaten
• BLUEBERRY GLAZE:
• 3-1/2 cups fresh blueberries, divided
• 1 cup sugar
• 2 tablespoons cornstarch
In a large bowl, combine the wafer crumbs, pecans and butter. Press onto the bottom and 2 in. up the sides of a greased 10-in. spring form pan. Place on a baking sheet. Bake at 375° for 8 minutes.
Cool on a wire rack. Reduce heat to 325°.
In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese, butter and sugar until smooth. Process cottage cheese in a blender until smooth; beat into a cream cheese mixture. Beat in the sour cream, cornstarch, flour, lemon juice and vanilla. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour over crust.
Return pan to baking sheet. Bake at 325° for 70-80 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Carefully run a knife around edge of pan to loosen; cool 1 hour longer.
For glaze, puree 2-1/2 cups blueberries in a food processor; press through a fine mesh sieve, reserving 1 cup juice. Discard pulp and seeds.
In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and reserved blueberry juice until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Refrigerate until completely cooled.
Remove sides of pan. Spread glaze over cheesecake. Sprinkle with remaining blueberries; Yield: 14-16 servings.
Now if you want to make it really creamy, add a 3rd package of softened cream cheese to the ingredients and watch it rise. Then you get the real New York style cheese cake.
And the real secret to great cheesecake:: Take it out of the refrigerator and let it rise to a higher temperature in order to soften it up. Nothing worse than a piece of cold, just from the refrigerator, cheese cake. When I order a piece in a restaurant I always ask that my piece of cheese cake be removed from the cooler before my dinner is even started to be prepared.