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  1. I made this recipe - it was very good. Not dense, but still yummy and easy to make. I just buttered the pie pan it came right out. I topped it with cherry pie filling (gluten-free). Baked Cheesecake Classic Prep Time: 25 minutes minutes Ingredients 1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup sugar 1 tablespoon lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon vanilla dash salt 2 eggs Topping 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons sugar 1/4 teaspoon vanilla Directions 1. In large mixing bowl beat cream cheese and 1/2 cup sugar on medium speed of electric mixer until fluffy. Beat in lemon juice, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and salt. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing until just combined after each addition. 2. Place crust on baking sheet. Pour in cream cheese mixture. Bake at 325°F about 25 minutes or until knife inserted into filling 1 inch from edge comes out clean. 3. In small bowl combine sour cream, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Carefully spread over cheesecake. Bake at 325°F for 10 minutes. Cool on wire rack for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  2. Hello all! This is my first post - so I apologize in advance for the length; however, I have been reading the forum for over a month and have a lot to say. I am a person who had a life time of "figuring out" what causes me to feel so sick. Doctors have not been much help - I have had to diagnose every issue. To make a long story short, I have thyroid disease (hypo) and was dying from a house with a serious mold issue. Luckily, I have enough strenght not to succumb, but to overcome. Anyway, we got out of the mold about 5 years ago, and I was feeling pretty darn good, but not quite right. I was sooooo sick for 10+ years that the symptoms from my gluten intollerance seemed to be a mere nuicense, until I went on the diet! Following one week off wheat, I felt so much better that I asked to be tested. I started eating so much white flour prior to the test that my body was in trauma, but the blood test still came up negative. After having a similar situation with my thyroid (blood test was always negative, now I am on a full dose of thyroid medicine, and drs. can't figure it out), I realized that I couldn't depend on the test. My doctor failed to tell me that even though the test was negative, I could still have it. Instead, they told me it was a reliable, conclusive test. Thank God I didn't listen. I have been (almost - had a few slip-ups) gluten free for 2 months, and WOW! One thing that was awful was going off of it. I would love to know if anyone else experienced this. I wasn't upset because of the diet - I don't care about that at all, but how sick I got for a few weeks. It was like going off of a drug I was addicted to or something. I didn't crave it, but felt really weird and sick. I was going to the bathroom like 2 or 3 times a day in the beginning. Thank God I work for myself! Then, my skin began to clear - my assistant said I look 10 years younger. Then, my nails began getting hard and breaking, instead of bending. Then, my bones and teeth began to get stronger (long story). Then, my panic and fears totally disappeared - I was so afraid for no reason. No more panic attacks. Then, my vision be came clearer and the light became brighter. I always told doctors that there was something wrong with my vision, and they basically told me I was a little nuts. Throughout the last 2 months, my life has changed in so many ways, I can't begin to even write it all. My sex life changed. My personality changed. I had a dent in my scull on the top of my head, and it filled in (hard to believe, I know). The spit in my mouth lost its thickness, and became clear and watery. I began to sweat more like a normal person. My periods changed. Everything is different - and that is stressful. I am not even the same person. So, no matter what any doctor, friend, sister, in-law (or any other person who is not ME) says, I do not care. I am thanking God every day for giving me this answer. I am finally on my way, and everyone better get out of my way! You are the only one in your body, and you have to live in your body every day. I have been living my whole adult life with people (and I mean everyone!) looking at me like I am crazy, and you know what? It has made me realize that I am a stronger person for it. I can maintain my diet and no one would ever dream of telling me anything negative - they just ask questions, and I explain, and let it be known that my body is my responsibility - and that I am the only one (besides God) who can heal it! Let's face it, who is going to CHOOSE this diet? It's not like it is an easy way to live. Holly
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