Christmas Classics
Remove the pan sides from the cheesecake. Serve each slice topped with some of the fig sauce and a rose geranium leaf, if desired.

Ingredient notes: Greek yogurt is made by removing the whey from cultured milk, which gives the yogurt an extra thick and creamy texture. Look for it with other yogurt in large supermarkets. Unstrained regular yogurt cannot be used in its place for this recipe, but you can strain plain yogurt to give it the same thick texture as Greek-style yogurt. Line a sieve with cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Spoon in 4 cups nonfat plain yogurt and let it drain in the refrigerator until reduced to about 3 cups, about 2 hours.

Ouzo is a sweet Greek liquor with a pleasant anise flavor; mavrodaphne is a sweet, Greek red wine similar to port; port is a fortified dessert wine from Portugal. Find ouzo in liquor stores and Mavrodaphne and port in wine shops and liquor stores. Rose geranium (Pelargonium) is part of a larger family of "scented geraniums." The edible leaves impart a delicate rose flavor when added to desserts, beverages and other foods. The plants can be found near other herbs at garden centers or in gourmet food shops when in season.

Featured Family Meal

Rock Cornish Game Hens

4 Cornish game hens

Salt and pepper to taste

1 lemon, quartered

5 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

3 tablespoons olive oil

24 cloves garlic

1/3 cup white wine

1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth

4 sprigs fresh rosemary


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Rinse hens and pat dry with paper towels. Lightly season cavities with salt and pepper to taste.

3. Place 1 lemon wedge and 1 sprig rosemary in the cavity of each hen.

4. Rub hens with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season outside of hens with salt and pepper to taste.