Sunday, August 8, 2010

Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

This is the best cheesecake ever!

Philadelphia 3- Step Toffee Crunch Cheesecake

Prep: 10 min. Plus refrigerating * Bake: 40 min. Makes 8 servings.


2 pkg. (8 oz. each) Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened

½ cup firmly packed brown sugar

½ tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

4 chocolate-covered English toffee bars (1.4 oz. each), chopped (about 1 cup), divided
1 Honey Maid Graham Pie Crust (6 oz.)

PREHEAT oven to 350*F. Beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add eggs; mix just until blended. Stir in ¾ cup of the chopped toffee bars.

POUR into crust. Sprinkle with remaining chopped toffee bars.

BAKE 35 to 40 minutes or until center is almost set. Cool. Refrigerate 3 hours or overnight. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Great Substitute: For extra chocolate flavor, substitute 1 Oreo Pie Crust (6 oz.) for the graham pie crust.

***Use 4 Heath bars instead of toffee.  The chocolate touch of the Heath makes it fantastic.  I've had it both ways and much prefer the Heath bars***

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Movie and Restaurant Reviews

We have recently watched a few movies, well I have, not so much J.
Hot Tub Time Machine- funny and I loved the 80's throwback!
Bounty Hunter- Not that great, predictable.
She's Out of My League- had some funny parts, predictable, different.

Arriba Mexican Grill  (San Tan Mall-Gilbert) We hit this up on our way to Costco.  It's always busy when we drive by.  We thought it was more of a fast food Mexican restaurant instead it was very much a sit down restaurant.  The meal range per person was $10-$12.  Looks like they are known for their margaritas considering everyone there had one!  I think they have a happy hour where they are .99!  They have huge ones that two people can share.  Our waiter was outstanding!  Our food was good.  They have a brewery there, which is odd since Mexican restaurants never have brewery's.  J decided to try a sample though and said it tasted horrible (our waiter told us that too).  They make and sell their own salsa, it was good as well.  We would probably go back to eat there.

Joe's Real BBQ (Downtown Gilbert) It's Friday night and time to try out a new BBQ place!  Rated the best BBQ in the East Valley.  Based off of other reviews, we decided to wait until after the rush from 6-7:30.  We got there close to 8 and waited in line.  It's a cafeteria style.  You wait in line, grab a tray, utensils, cups, fill up your drink then tell them behind the counter your order, where they yell back your meat choice and they dish up your side choices.  They have some throwback candy like button candy, candy cigs, sugar daddy's, etc.  We saw a little boy buying 4 packs of candy cigs! LOL I had the homemade root beer, pulled pork sandwich, corn and pit beans for my sides.  J had the same except he had potato salad instead of corn. The corn was sweet corn cut off the cob and the beans were a mix of several different kinds of beans.  It was all really good!  Filled up my cup for another refill of root beer for the road.  The place was very busy, but we managed to find a picnic table inside.  There are a lot of big families and parties there.  There is plenty of seating outside too.  We will be going back sometime for sure!