My Cherry Swirl Cheesecake Bake Contribution

Written by Kori Puckett

Recently I participated in a local bake sale to raise money forrepparttar local animal shelter. I volunteered to bake a dessert, and I chose to do a couple of Cherry Swirl Cheesecakes.

I'm a very picky eater and have never been a fan of cheesecake, so I had to have my mother be my taste tester to see if I'd done an adequate job. She helped me by giving me a couple of pointers, and after a couple of tries I managed to bake two pretty good cheesecakes (or so my mom says).

Cherry Swirl Cheesecake

Vegetable cooking spray 1/4 cup graham cracker crumbs 1 (21-ounce) can cherry pie filling 1 teaspoon grated orange rind 2 (8-ounce) packages fat free cream cheese 1 (14-ounce) can low fat sweetened condensed milk 4 large egg whites 1 large egg 1/3 cup bottled lemon juice 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup unsifted all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 300º. Spray bottom and sides of an 8-inch spring form pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle graham crumbs onrepparttar 113199 bottom ofrepparttar 113200 pan.

In electric blender or food processor container, puree cherry pie filling until smooth. Addrepparttar 113201 orange rind and set aside.

In mixer bowl, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in low fat sweetened condensed milk until smooth. Add egg whites, egg, bottled lemon juice, vanilla and mix well. Stir inrepparttar 113202 flour.

General Characteristics of Tobacco

Written by Tanya Roberts

It is generally agreed thatrepparttar use of tobacco in Europe, as a means of inebriation, originated inrepparttar 113198 introduction ofrepparttar 113199 leaves ofrepparttar 113200 plant into Spain from America. There is every reason to suppose thatrepparttar 113201 plant previously existed in Asia, if not fromrepparttar 113202 earliest times, though we have no very reliable authority for its having been used, at least to any great extent, for any ofrepparttar 113203 purposes to which we have devoted it. Various old authors report, thatrepparttar 113204 ancients ofrepparttar 113205 extreme East were acquainted withrepparttar 113206 burning of vegetable substances as a means of inhaling narcotic fumes, and, indeed, when we consider their love of incenses, both as a luxury and an element of their religious cult, we need not be surprised at this; but we have no evidence thatrepparttar 113207 smoking of tobacco was known inrepparttar 113208 Old World beforerepparttar 113209 introduction ofrepparttar 113210 plant fromrepparttar 113211 New.

It was in 1492 that Columbus first beheld, at Cuba,repparttar 113212 custom of smoking cigars; but it was not until some years afterwards that a Spanish monk recognizedrepparttar 113213 plant in a province of St. Domingo, called Tabaca. This is much more likely foundation forrepparttar 113214 name ofrepparttar 113215 herb than that adopted by some, who assert that it originated in tabac, a tube used byrepparttar 113216 natives for smoking. That there was no particular aptitude inrepparttar 113217 European taste forrepparttar 113218 use of this herb, seems evident fromrepparttar 113219 very slow progress, which ensued even ofrepparttar 113220 knowledge of its qualities.

So late as 1560, when Jean Nicot,repparttar 113221 French ambassador atrepparttar 113222 court of Portugal reported of it to his sovereign, scarcely any thing was known ofrepparttar 113223 foreign vegetable, and in place ofrepparttar 113224 men who accompanied Columbus having taken to any imitation ofrepparttar 113225 Cuban-natives when they returned to Europe, it would rather seem thatrepparttar 113226 adoption ofrepparttar 113227 pipe is attributable to an Englishman, Raphelengi, who, having accustomed himself to it in Virginia, introducedrepparttar 113228 practice into England.

Sir Walter Raleigh does not seem to have usedrepparttar 113229 pipe until afterrepparttar 113230 return of Sir Francis Drake in 1586, so that nearly a hundred years expired before evenrepparttar 113231 roots ofrepparttar 113232 habit were fixed inrepparttar 113233 English people. Nor, probably, wouldrepparttar 113234 practice after this have spread as rapidly as it did, if it had not been forrepparttar 113235 persecution to which it was almost immediately exposed. If it is true, as has been said, that a few opposing volumes will fixrepparttar 113236 roots of a heresy, we need scarcely wonder atrepparttar 113237 triumph of tobacco, againstrepparttar 113238 use of which more than a hundred fulminating volumes issued fromrepparttar 113239 press within a few years.

These observations suggest a reference torepparttar 113240 question, how far tobacco was intended forrepparttar 113241 use of man? The practice ofrepparttar 113242 Cuban savages is seized by one party as a proof of a final cause, insomuch as savages are supposed to followrepparttar 113243 first dictates of nature; and then comesrepparttar 113244 other party, who point torepparttar 113245 tardy adoption of nature's gift by a civilized people as a clear proof thatrepparttar 113246 weed was not intended forrepparttar 113247 uses to which it is applied. It is utterly vain to discuss questions of this kind. We have no elements for a proper judgment. Perhaps, for aught we know,repparttar 113248 American savages were some thousands of years in coming torepparttar 113249 habit—at least we have no reason to suppose that it could be a very primitive adoption.

Whether, indeed, man's custom, in most cases, is a proof of itself of nature's intention, must always be a puzzle; but as we know that many very bad things are greatly more natural to human beings than we would wish them to be, we have just as good a right to say for those to whom good tendencies are delightful fromrepparttar 113250 beginning, that nature intended they should do their best to eradicate what is hurtful, and reclaim their fellow creatures fromrepparttar 113251 indulgences of vice. The true practical question must, in short, always be what is beneficial and what is hurtful, according torepparttar 113252 results of our experience.

The botany of our subject presents us with seven or eight different species ofrepparttar 113253 plant, all affecting, more or less,repparttar 113254 warm latitudes. Virginia seems, of all regions,repparttar 113255 best suited to its culture, and yields in great quantityrepparttar 113256 common or Virginian tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). A more hardy kind (N. rustica,) may be cultivated in such latitudes as that of Scotland. This isrepparttar 113257 species, which has been found in Europe, Asia, and Africa; and were it not forrepparttar 113258 restriction imposed by statute, we would produce it on rich soils in greater quantities than would be convenient for our treasury, or beneficial to our people. It need not be said thatrepparttar 113259 question of intention, onrepparttar 113260 part of nature, is not much helped byrepparttar 113261 habitat ofrepparttar 113262 production used; otherwise we might expect to findrepparttar 113263 northern races less addicted torepparttar 113264 use of this tropical weed than those ofrepparttar 113265 warmer regions.

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