The Fall and Another CNYEats Taste of Utica Cheesecake

by Joanne on July 1, 2012

I had suspicions my long run this week was going to be a challenge. First of all, it was a “Carb Depletion Run”. I start by eating a banana but take only electrolyte drink with me on the run. No gels or other carbohydrate fuel.   Second, Friday, while taking the dogs for a walk, I went longer than planned with no socks and consequently got 3 hefty blisters on my feet. 

I started out Sunday morning a little later than usual for a long run. It was already 62 degrees.  Shane was with me as we ran through the trails in the parks. The new doggy hydration belt was banging on my hip and annoying me.

At 2 1/2 miles, while looking around, enjoying the trees and fresh air, my foot caught a root and I went flying. I landed on my left side, bruising my hip, taking the epidermal layer (something about saying “epidermal” as opposed to “skin” makes it sound less gross) off my lower arm, and busting up my right knee.  I lay in the middle of the path with Shane hovering over me. It took me ages to get up. Upon standing, the only thing that was really throbbing was my arm.  I was crying, feeling sorry for myself but at the same time thought “a sore arm is no excuse to stop running”.  Shane and I went 5 miles before arriving back home to clean the wounds. 

bad arm

The 16 minutes spent at home messed up my pace time but so did the fall. Mentally I was out of it regarding a long run.  Physically, I could do it but at a slow pace. It was 12 more miles of running and walking.  The fastest mile, 8:58 pace, Average pace 10:00. It took me 2 hours and 50 LOOONNNNG minutes to complete this run.  Not good. Not good for mental preparation the week before the Boilermaker.  I’ll do 17 again until I get the pace I want and run it with a good attitude.

On a positive note, Ted rode his bike with me for the miles following the fall. It was nice to have company, someone to complain to, moan and groan at, an ear for understanding.  On another negative note, I saw SO many runners this morning and it was embarrassing to be caught walking while they all were putting forth great running effort.  Boo on this run!

I Need CNYEATS A Taste of Utica Cheesecake – NOW!

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Montana’s Mom’s Dynamite Cheesecake posted by Mollie Katzen

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Best made a day ahead so it has time to set.


  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 stick butter or margarine, melted

Combine the above and press into a 10” spring form pan.


  • 16 oz (2 packages) cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 4 whole eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 TBS lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest

Preheat oven to 375 F.  Beat all the filling ingredients until smooth then pour into crust. Bake for 25 minutes – or until set.  Leave the oven on but remove the cake from the oven and cool to room temperature.


  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 3 TBS sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Blend topping ingredients together. Pour over the top of cooled cake. Bake for 8 minutes. Remove from oven, allow to cool to room temperature again, cover tightly (while still in pan) and chill for at least 12 hours.

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The first time I ever had the sour cream topped cheese cake was over at the famous Mrs. K’s.  It became my absolute favorite style of cheesecake. This isn’t a cheese cake that takes HOURS to make or bake. It’s easy and it will be one, if not THE, favorite cheese cake recipe in your collection.

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  • At 2012.07.01 17:22, MissMessy said:

    Sorry to hear about your fall! Gorgeous cheesecake! 🙂

    • At 2012.07.02 03:01, Choc Chip Uru said:

      I wish these cheesecake had broken your fall my friend! Hope you are feeling better (though it is definitely way better to eat afterwards for comfort) 🙂

      Choc Chip Uru

      • At 2012.07.02 18:00, Bela said:

        Omg I’m so sorry about your fall. Sending fast healing vibes your way!

        Your cheesecake looks delicious. Cheesecake is my weakness!

        • At 2012.07.02 18:58, Cucina49 said:

          I’m so sorry to hear about your fall! I had something similar happen on my hike yesterday–slipped on a rock with one foot, had the other slide off the trail. Yikes. I hope you heal soon!

          • At 2012.07.03 10:49, Nancy Jean said:

            You’re certainly a trouper, Joanne … carrying on for five more miles before even getting cleaned up?! Wow, your drive and determination are remarkable to me. I’d still be lying there in a heap, feeling sorry for myself. And Ted’s a honey to have accompanied you on the rest of your journey.
            Take heart, you’ll be feeling more confident and ready for Sunday sooner than you think … and we’re all pulling for you. GO BABY!! 😉

            • At 2012.07.03 11:42, Joanne said:

              It wasn’t the five more miles that was hard, that was heading home to get cleaned up. It was the 12 more after that which were tough.

              • At 2012.07.03 11:02, misszippy1 said:

                Ouch! You are tough for sticking it out for five more miles like that! I think it would be extremely hard mentally to get back at it after that kind of spill! Hats off to you. You’re going to have a great Boilermaker!

                • At 2012.07.04 09:19, Hannah (BitterSweet) said:

                  It really has been ages since I last made or ate a “plain” cheesecake, but those photos have me craving it like mad. Maybe I’ll make one under the guise of a gift for my mom, since she adores them. Then I’ll sneak a slice that’s 1/3rd of the cake for myself. 😉

                  • At 2012.07.04 09:57, Kristen said:

                    I am in awe that you went back out after the fall. I’d have milked it for all the sympathy I could get. You are definitely a hero!

                    • At 2012.07.05 17:36, Jenny (vintagesugarcube) said:

                      Hope you are OK! That cheesecake is making me want CHEESECAKE soooooooon.

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