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O'Connor Family Recipes

Josephine O'Connor wants to share some of her traditional family recipes with you. It is obvious that she enjoys baking and is a great cook. One of her favorite desserts is cheesecake. Jake and Mark give it a 10 but as you already suspect, they're slightly biased.

Luscious Cheesecake




2 packages of cream cheese

3 egg whites

½ cup of sugar



8 ounces of sour cream

1 tablespoon of sugar

1 tablespoon of vanilla extract


Graham Cracker Crust:

¼ cup of melted butter

1 package of graham crackers


Preheat oven to 350.  Slightly warm cream cheese in the microwave then mix with sugar.  Add eggs one at a time and mix thoroughly.  Set aside.  For the crust, place graham crackers in a plastic bag and use rolling pin to crush.  Pour mixture in a separate bowl, add sugar, and melted butter.  The mixture will turn crumbly, carefully place in a pie tin for the crust.  Pour the cream cheese mixture carefully on top.  Place in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes. 


In separate bowl, mix sour cream, sugar, and vanilla extract and set aside.  Take cheesecake out of the oven and allow to sit for several minutes.  Carefully pour sour cream mixture on top of the cheesecake and bake in oven for fifteen more minutes. 


When finished, place cheesecake directly in the refrigerator. 

Click here for an easy, printable PDF file of the recipe.

Carrot Pancake Recipe





    * 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

    * 2 teaspoons baking powder

    * 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    * 1/4 teaspoon salt

    * 1 teaspoon ground ginger

    * 1 teaspoon nutmeg

    * 2 eggs, lightly beaten

    * 1/3 cup sugar

    * 1 cup milk

    * 2 cups finely grated carrots

    * 2 teaspoons rum extract


Cream cheese spread:


    * 4 ounces cream cheese

    * 1/4 powdered sugar

    * 2 tablespoons milk

    * 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon




In a bowl, combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and nutmeg.


In a separate bowl, combine egg, sugar, milk, carrots, and rum extract. Mix well.


Stir carrot mixture into dry ingredients until moistened. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle. Turn when bubbles form on the top of pancake; flip and cook until golden brown.


For topping, blend cream cheese, powdered sugar, milk, and vanilla until smooth. Sprinkle with cinnamon, and serve with pancakes.

Low Carb Spicy Meat Loaf:




2 lbs Italian sausage

2 tablespoons rosemary

¼ cup finely chopped fresh basil

3 tablespoons cilantro

3 tablespoons parsley

¼ cup chopped red onions

1 clove garlic

1 tablespoon red vinegar

¾ cup chopped cooked broccoli

1 cup sliced black olives

¼ cup melted coconut oil

8 egg whites




  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two bread pans or a large pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix the Italian sausage with rosemary, basil, cilantro, parsley, onions, garlic. Add melted coconut oil and egg whites. Add and stir remaining ingredients.
  3. Add mix to the baking pans and heat in oven for about one hour and remove when firm and slightly brown.

Click here for a printable PDF file of the recipe

There are more family recipes yet to come!  Josephine doesn't have much spare time on her hands! After all, she's given up retirement.