We don’t remember days, we remember moments. ~ Cesare Pavese
This past week I had an opportunity to take a little walk down memory lane…actually, it was more like a long, long drive down a busy congested six lane freeway, complete with honking horns, hand waving gestures, and the like. But a trip to the past nonetheless.
I am in the San Diego area visiting family and on business, so it was a perfect time to sneak a few moments here and there to venture out and visit some of the places where so much of my life was spent and reflect on the many memories that were formed here.
As I drove (and weaved in and out of the brutal traffic), I remembered the quiet sleepy little town I grew up in and mourned its loss. Gone; the little grocery store on the corner. I always managed to find a reason to visit or buy something in that store because of cute little Jimmy behind the counter. It closed many years ago not long after the large super chain grocery store moved into town.
In high school I remember the huge commotion that was created over the stoplight that was being put in on main street. Excitement indeed, but it was a pittance in comparison to the fervor generated when the first fast food restaurant was erected! Now as I take the trip down main street, the fast food places with their large signs and billboard advertising are too numerous to count, and stoplights are nothing more than a petty annoyance.
I know… change is inevitable, but as I get older I begin to realize more and more the importance of simplicity and search for it as for hidden treasure. I am glad for the memories I have here, but at the same time grateful I no longer call this place home. I am hungry for the simple life back in Idaho. Three weeks seems like a lifetime. Time to go home.
- 11 pecan sandies cookies (I used Keebler, but homemade or any brand would do), finely crushed (about 1 cup).
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ⅓ cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped. *see note below on how to toast pecans
- 4 pkg's cream cheese- 8 oz, room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 eggs, whisked lightly
- ¼ cup peach brandy (or brandy may be replaced with 1 tbsp pure vanilla and an additional ¼ cup milk)
- 3 tbsp flour
- 1¼ cup sour cream, divided.
- 2 peaches, pitted and skins removed, coarsely chopped.
- 1 peach, pitted and sliced, for garnish.
- ***To toast pecans, place whole pecans on baking sheet in 325 oven for 10 minutes or until lightly browned and fragrant. Remove from oven, cool slightly and chop.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9 inch spring form pan.
- In a medium bowl, mix crushed pecan sandies with melted butter. Press onto bottom of spring form pan.
- Place crust in preheated oven for 10 minutes to set. Remove from oven, sprinkle with toasted pecans. Set aside.
- Lower oven temperature to 300 degrees F.
- In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, flour and sugar until smooth.
- Gradually add peach brandy, beating until just combined.
- Add whisked eggs, beating only until incorporated.
- Stir in ¾ cup sour cream, stirring until smooth.
- Pour ½ filling onto prepared crust.
- Sprinkle filling with chopped peaches and swirl slightly.
- Pour remaining filling over peaches.
- Bake in preheated oven for for 55 minutes or until edges of cheesecake are set. (Center of cheesecake will not appear set). Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 1 hour.
- Once cheesecake is removed, run a warm knife along the edge to loosen. Chill in pan in refrigerator for 8 hours.
- Remove spring form. Spread remaining ½ cup sour cream on top of cheesecake and garnish with fresh sliced peach.
- Serve chilled.
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