Boy George Cheesecake

There are many things that come to mind when Boy George is mentioned, but cooking usually isn’t one of them. Turns out, the 1980’s musical sensation loves to experiment in the kitchen, specifically with Avocado Lime Cheesecake.

Since Shavuot is next week and my curiosity was piqued, it was the perfect time to get started. All I needed was a good recipe. Googling “Avocado Lime Cheesecake” produced tons of options, many of them British, which means metric measurements. Now, yours truly is American to her core and simply can not compute metric! Nor can I deal with long, complicated ingredient lists. This was turning out to be more challenging than expected!

As usual, AllRecipes came to my rescue. Their version looks gorgeous, seemed pretty easy, and earned many good reviews. Only one problem: it suggests using an ice cream maker. (Don’t have one.) Evidently, I’m not the only one. Solution: skip that step and simply freeze it in the shell. I LOVE shortcuts and the sage advice of other cooks!

Here’s the way I did it, with a few tweaks, should you wish to make one of your own:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 2 ripe avocados, diced
  • 6 ounces plain cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 graham cracker crust (I bought a Keebler.)

Combine cream cheese, avocados, and lime juice in a blender until smooth. Heat whipping cream on the stove until it gently starts to bubble; add in sugar and stir to dissolve. Let cool for 10 minutes, then whisk into cream cheese mixture. Pour into crust and freeze. (The original instructions say 2 hours, mine sat for 4 hours and was just fine. I also skipped the garnish.)

Some may call it Avocado Lime Cheesecake, but to me it will forever be known as a Boy George Cheesecake. (Gosh, I miss those amazing tunes I grew up with…)

When Hipsters and Hasidim Collide

Jews living in Brooklyn is nothing new, but what’s attracting non-religious “Hipsters” into Crown Heights where Chabad is headquartered? The Jewish Chronicle has an interesting article about how the two groups have collided.

While I believe that divergent ideologies can learn to co-exist in many cases, it’s not always the wisest choice, nor is it the easiest. The difference between the Secular and Orthodox lifestyle is like night and day. Since neither group is likely to switch sides, it will be a miracle if they can learn to live together in harmony.

Summer Fashion Trends

Looking to update your summer wardrobe and have no idea where to start? Elle has a ton of articles about what’s trendy this season. Some of the ideas that I love are straw hats and bags, sundresses, and vintage inspired sunglasses.

Of course, not all trends are worth experiencing. Ones I’ll be skipping include red “Baywatch-style” swimsuits, braless tops, and jumpsuits. (Unflattering, tacky and inappropriate…)

Wynnewood, PA Seeking Jewish Relocation

In an effort to attract new congregants, the Jewish community of Wynnewood, PA is set to promote their area as an ideal place to relocate. The campaign will be funded by a $20,000 grant, gifted by the Kohelet foundation.

Wynnewood is Philadelphia suburb that offers Jewish schools, temples, Kosher food, and a (relatively) affordable cost of living.

Jewish communities throughout America are shrinking in record numbers, and I applaud creative efforts to reverse the sad trend. Dothan, Alabama tried something similar a few years ago, with mixed results. It will be interesting to see if Wynnewood is able to do better. (Due to its East Coast location and better job market, I predict they will.)

 

Would you consider relocating to Wynnewood?