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Comment by sk8eycat on November 21, 2014 at 1:27am

Well, I'm mildly diabetic, and DO have a sweet tooth, but I've discovered that Splenda/Sucralose is a tad TOO sweet.  if a recipe calls for 1 cup of white sugar, I use 2/3 cup of Splenda, and that works just fine.  I've had no complaints.  Beats the crap out of any other artificial sweeteners.

PS:  I think the orange juice concentrate will give the cranberry topping the complex flavor it needs...I never thought of that before!

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2014 at 1:14am

My innards can't handle regular cream cheese or sour cream, so that's the only reason I use the light. It makes no difference for the recipe.

I like Splenda & use it strictly to avoid sugar's empty calories. I don't have a sweet tooth so I use less than what is usually called for in any recipe, which is why I mentioned the ''to taste''.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 21, 2014 at 1:07am

THANK you!  I think I'll use regular cream cheese and sour cream....I don't believe that low-fat does anybody any good.  My sister and I have made cheesecakes with granular Splenda (or supermarket generic sucralose) and can't tell the difference.

I've been sweetening things with Splenda since the day my Dr. told me my blood sugar was too high (around 200 mg/dl).  It WORKS!  I drink 3 or 4 12 oz. cups of black tea a day, and it's perfect.  (I never drink has always tasted like dirt to me....but it smells die-VOON!  I don't understand that.)

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2014 at 12:46am

I don't measure too carefully so adjustments may be necessary.

Comment by Patricia on November 21, 2014 at 12:44am

Mine is pretty easy Felaine.

Simple Cheesecake

Light cream cheese (500 grams in Canada) softened

1/3 c. Splenda, or to taste

3 large eggs

1 1/2 c. light sour cream

2 tbsp. lemon juice

Beat ingredients together one at a time, pour into crust. Bake 300* 45-50 minutes until set, turn oven off & leave door closed for at least an hour. Remove & cool.


2 c. cranberries

1 c. undiluted frozen orange juice

Splenda to taste

1/4 c. corn starch or rice flour

Stir everything together & cook until berries are soft enough to mash.

Pour onto pie & chill.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 21, 2014 at 12:16am

Are there things you're NOT supposed to have?

I like thinly sliced turkey with (homemade) cranberry sauce, BF real mayo, and shredded lettuce in a whole wheat (or spinach) wrap.

Messy, but good.

I'm looking for an easy cranberry cheesecake recipe....I'm going to buy a ready-made graham cracker crust, even though I hate Keebler's commercials....then make a standard cheesecake/pie, and finish it off with cranberry topping.  Maybe.

What I really would like is cranberry sorbet with orange or tangerine ribbon, but I have written to several ice cream makers about that over the years, and haven't received any replies at all.  Even Jelly Belly has ignored me.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 20, 2014 at 11:37pm

I've got to have my traditional Thanksgiving meal and that's that. 

But I'm totally open to alternatives the next day using the leftovers.

The Thanksgiving burrito and the casserole are tempting candidates. 

Love the hamsters.  How could you not?  :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 20, 2014 at 10:11pm

Pat, your "Eat and Run Huevos Rancheros" sound so yummy! It would be worth the trot ... maybe a Friday dinner, reserving Sat and Sun. for the Necessario Room. 

Randy, sorry to learn of the death of your friend s/will. Hope the kids get along well and can resolve conflicts easily. Thankfully, I don't owe anything, so that makes transfer so much easier. 

Daniel, I sent the hamster video to each one of my great-grandkids. I wish I could watch them watch it. I should have saved it for when we are all together. You sent some good looking alternative Thanksgiving dinner ideas. The Turkey Muffin Stuffins and Thanksgiving Dinner Casserole took my fancy. What would you use in place of turkey? 

Patricia, like your Holy Macaroni cartoon. 

Comment by Patricia on November 20, 2014 at 7:55pm

Comment by Patricia on November 20, 2014 at 7:45pm

We don't do the Canadian thanksgiving which is in October. I hate the big deal made out of everything, & am not a fan of ''rituals, or  traditions''.


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