November 10, 2010 by Flora Dawn
Everyone is probably aware that tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, but a lesser known fact is that the Marine Corps was founded on November 10, 1775; making today the 235th Birthday of the Marine Corps. And Marines believe once a Marine, always a Marine, so it is appropriate to wish anyone who served in the USMC a Happy Birthday today… and offer them a piece of cake.
At my house, I decided to go for a patriotic version of my mom’s no-bake cheesecake. She has been making it for years, and I would consider it her signature dessert. It is a simple take on the classic cheesecake, only much easier to make and does not require a spring-form pan. We typically eat it with cherry pie filling, but I decided some mashed up strawberries, with some blueberries added in, would be great for a red, white, and blue dessert.
So, to my husband and all the other brave men and women who have earned the right to be called United States Marines, I want to say, “Thank you, Happy Birthday, and Oorah.”
I read that the Marines’ Hymn is the oldest service song in our country, so thought it was worth including today.
The Marines’ Hymn
From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country’s battles in the air, on land and sea.
First to fight for right and freedom, and to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title of United States Marine.
Our Flag’s unfurled to every breeze from dawn to setting sun.
We have fought in every clime and place, where we could take a gun.
In the snow of far off northern lands and in sunny tropic scenes, You will find us always on the job, the United States Marines.
Here’s health to you and to our Corps, which we are proud to serve.
In many a strife we’ve fought for life and never lost our nerve.
If the Army and the Navy ever look on heaven’s scenes,
they will find the streets are guarded by United States Marines.
No Bake Cheesecake
You can use reduced fat cream cheese and condensed milk, but it may not look as smooth; this doesn’t bother me, but if you are picky or serving to company go for the full calorie stuff. Also, the bottled lemon juice is fine here, I won’t tell anyone.
- 1-8oz package cream cheese, softened
- 1 can sweetened, condensed milk
- 1/3 cup bottled lemon juice (if using fresh lemons, the juice of one lemon is enough)
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 baked and cooled almost graham cracker pie crust
- 1 can cherry pie filling or desired topping
- In stand mixer, with the paddle attachment, mix together cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Pour into crust and refrigerate for at least two hours.
- Top with cherries (I like to plate pieces individually and then top with cherries, but you can just pour the can on top of the cheesecake before cutting).