I was scolded last week by a cashier at my beloved Wegmans…I know, right? Well, truth be told, in her defense… she caught me shoplifting. I am an oblivious shoplifter….
It never fails, I always grab the mini cart when I walk into the store, because I never have a lot to pick up…
And I always end up filling every nook and cranny of that cart. This last time wasn’t any different…except that I didn’t notice the two Vitamin Waters that I had put in the little basket that is under the handle on the cart.
As she was ringing me up, she noticed the Vitamin Waters. “What about those bottles of water, honey?” she asked me. “Oh my gosh, I totally missed them” I answered her, while I grabbed the bottles and put them up on the belt.
I could see that she was annoyed, and my ingrained Catholic guilt kicked in. “I’m so sorry., I just didn’t see them there..” I started to explain…
“You know..” she said looking me squarely in the eye…so that I could see she meant business…
The scolding began..
“People do that all the time. They put food in those baskets and forget about them…” she said.
“You don’t think that you’re being watched…but what you don’t know, is that we are watching you…” she said pointing my asparagus at me..
“I know..I’m sorry..” I said..
I looked at the lady waiting in line behind me…and she shrugged her shoulders with a smile on her face…
“We wait. We wait for you to walk out with those items.” The cashier went on to say, placing my cherries into the bag…
“As soon as you put those unpaid items in your car, you are a shoplifter…” she said putting her hands on her plump little hips.
“I’m so sorry..” I said, trying to look serious..
I looked back again at the lady in line behind me. She was clearly enjoying this, and we exchanged looks. Mine was more of an eye rolling…while her eyes had that sparkle of silent laughter…
And…my cashier continued on with….“And then the police come, and follow you…”she said while holding up the bottle of Vitamin Water, which was also the evidence in question…and…I think to emphasize the seriousness of my $2 crime.
And as quickly as it started…my scolding was over…
She finished with: “That will be $45.56, honey.”
I started to push my cart away, and looked at the lady behind me… “Good luck!” I told her…and she started to laugh, and waved her hand over her cart “My cart is empty..I’m clear” she answered.. and we both did the “silent eye laugh”… and I left.
Anyway…I just cannot stop eating cherries lately…and the funny thing is, they’re not in season yet! They must be in season somewhere, because they’re sending them to my beloved Wegmans… and I have to say, whoever they are, they’re having the best season…EVER.
And the best desserts can be made with cherries… like this simple classic no-bake cherry cheesecake. I’m here to tell you that it’s totally cool to make them, especially on a hot summer day., or when you’re crunched with time… And honestly? Everyone loves them… even the biggest “foodie snooty” who would turn his/her nose up in public, but is honestly a closet no-bake cheesecake eater… let them try to say otherwise, but we all know what they’re doing behind closed doors.
How could they not love it? The creamy cheesecake filling is delicious with the dark cherries, and the buttery chocolate crumb crust gives it a black forest edge. No-Bake Cherry Cheesecake… It’s simple. It’s a classic. It’s delicious.
Life is good. It’s a “Seriously…I’m all about the simple things in life…and you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen to make a beautiful dessert.” kind of good..
- 1 cup chocolate cookie crumbs
- ½ stick butter, melted
- 1 - 8oz pkg cream cheese, at room temperature
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 4 tbsp powdered sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp lemon juice
- 2 cups fresh pitted cherries
- 2 tsp granulated sugar
- In a small bowl, mix combine the cookie crumbs and melted butter. Stir until blended. Spoon 3 tablespoons of the crust into four jam jars. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, whipped cream,, powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Using the whisk attachment, beat until smooth and creamy..about three minutes. (Make sure that the cream cheese is room temperature, otherwise you'll be fighting little lumps of cream cheese in the mix).
- Spoon ⅓ cup of the cream cheese filling over the chocolate cookie crust in the jam jars. Place in the refrigerator until it sets, about an hour.
- While the cheesecake is chilling in the refrigerator, mix the cherries and sugar together, and place in refrigerator until ready to use.
- When the cheesecake is set, divide the cherries between the four cheesecakes (1/2 cup cherries per jar.)
- Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve cold.
- This will keep in the refrigerator for up to two days. Or you can easily freeze them without the cherries. Simply seal them with the jar lids, and store in freezer for up to a month.