Sunday, December 25, 2005

My father informed me yesterday that muspilli had expired. I had called home to give my mom a cheesecake recipe (which I got from her sister about 13 years ago). I chatted with my dad for a few minutes and he said he was surprised to see that muspilli had expired. "What??" I was more surprised than he was. I was pissed that Network Solutions had never sent me any warnings. I hastily rattled off the recipe to my mother,got off the phone, and attempted to renew my cherished domain.

I discovered that the reason I hadn't gotten any warning from Network Solutions is that my contact email address was completely wrong. It was for someone I had never heard of. The phone number was somewhere in LA. I of course couldn't remember my password or login for Network Solutions, and I had conveniently reloaded my OS about a week ago, so the emails containing that info are gone. The only way to get the password is to have them email it to you. The only way to change the email address (if you don't have your password) is by fax. The fax form they provide says to send the fax to Network Solutions Customer Service. That's it. No number. I scoured their site looking for a fax number, no luck.

I finally found a phone number for their customer service. They were very helpful, I was only on hold for a minute or two. They renewed the domain on the spot, but couldn't change the contact information without the fax. The woman who helped me said she would send me an email with the right fax form (with the fax number on it). No luck on that yet.

In my haste, I lost the recipe. Here it is from memory:

Chocolate and vanilla layered cheescake with raspberry glaze

1/2 cup good chocolate chips
16 crushed chocolate wafer cookies (like oreos without the filling)
1/2 cup butter (softened)

32 ounces of cream cheese
3 eggs
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup sugar (thanks mom)(see comment)

Preheat the oven to 350. Melt the chocolate chips over low heat on the stove and set aside. Dump the crushed wafers into the bottom of an eight or nine inch springform pan. Add the softened butter and squish it all up. Press it into the bottom of the pan nice and flat.

Mix the remaining ingredients until smooth, then separate into halves. Add the melted chocolate chips into one half and mix until well blended. Pour half of the chocolate flavored mix into the springform pan. Level it out with a spatula and bounce it on the counter a few times to shake out any bubbles. Pour half of the vanilla mix on top of that and level and bounce. Add the rest of the chocoalte mix, then the rest of the plain, leveling each time. If you want to you can chill it between layers to make the layers easier to spread, but it's probably not worth the time.

Bake for one hour at 350. Let it rest in the oven for 30 minutes, then let it cool for four hours.

Take it out of the springform and if you want to, glaze it:

Put a cup and a half of frozen raspberries in a pot and cook them down. Add sugar to taste (lots). Cook it down into a sticky glaze. Let it cool a bit and then spread it over the cheesecake. The nice thing about glazing is that it covers any blemishes. I like to shave a tasty chocolate bar over the top.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot the sugar for the cheesecake - 3/4 cup. It turned out great, by the way - and everyone enjoyed it.

4:24 PM  

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