Be thankful for farmers

Jenna Brace

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! My name is Jenna Brace and I am one of your Alternate Wyoming County Dairy Princesses.

Throughout this month while you are thinking of all the things you are thankful for, keep in mind how hard our farmers are working around the clock. I know one thing for sure, I am very thankful for our farmers and all they do to help provide for us.

While you’re out shopping for your Thanksgiving dinner remember to find ways to incorporate dairy products into your meal. One recipe you could use is for a homemade cheesecake you could eat for dessert.

Homemade Cheesecake


1.) 1 block of cream cheese: Four 8-ounce blocks of full-fat cream cheese are the base of this cheesecake. Make sure you’re buying the blocks of cream cheese and not the cream cheese spread.

2.) Sugar: 1 cup. Using only 1 cup of sugar gives this cheesecake the opportunity to balance tangy and sweet, just as classic cheesecake should taste.

3.) Sour cream: 1 cup. You could use 1 cup of heavy cream instead, but personally I would stick with sour cream.

4.)A little flavor: 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract and 2 of lemon juice. The lemon juice will brighten up the cheesecake’s overall flavor.

5.) Eggs: 3 eggs are the final ingredient. You’ll beat the eggs in last, one at a time, until they are blended. Do not overmix the batter once the eggs are added. This will whip air into the cheesecake batter, resulting in cheesecake cracking and deflating.

6.) As for the crust, just use graham cracker crumbs and melted butter to mash together into the bottom of the pan.

7.) Cook in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for an hour. Then let cool in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

8.) enjoy! :)

While you are sitting around the table with your family this Thanksgiving saying what you are thankful for remember your local farmers. Eat lots and have an amazing month everyone!

Jenna Brace is an alternate Wyoming County dairy princess. The dairy princess and her court are writing columns for The Daily News.

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