...is because I make cheesecake. Not just cheesecake, but wicked good cheesecake. Shawn really dislikes 'regular' cake - cake w/ frosting - but will eat half a cheesecake if you let him. It's kind of disturbing. I know what you're thinking - "I can make cheesecake, too, Rachel. It comes in a box, duh." Sorry, that's not the kind of cheesecake I'm talking about. My cheesecake is SERIOUS BUSINESS.
If you've ever made a cheesecake before, the standard is usually two or three packages of cream cheese - this one uses five - meaning it is rich beyond belief. Shawn is the only person I know that can eat a piece wider than 1/2".
I have to give props to my mom, though - she's the original cheesecake maker in the fam. She's the reason I make these for every potluck Shawn has - we had gone home to WI once to visit, and she had made it for something. Shawn tried it and was in love. When we got home, I had to make it for the two of us. Um...a cheesecake that huge for just two people is a BAD idea. After about a week, you're so sick of it. I had to throw away half of it. So now, even when he begs, the only time I make it is when I know he'll either come home with none of it or just enough where we can enjoy maybe one or two pieces.
Another bonus of making this is that I get to use my super-hot Kitchen Aid stand mixer. (A gift from my mother in law!) Ever try to mix 5 packages of cream cheese with a hand-mixer - I did, once, and it took FOREVER. The stand mixer makes life so much easier, plus looks gorgeous on my counter.