Best Chocolate Cheesecake Ever!

by Mollianne on November 4, 2018

So, I did this thing.

In the 20+ years I’ve been keeping company with  the RocketMan, he has repeatedly waxed eloquent over the Chocolate Cheesecake from Grisanti’s restaurant in Memphis.  This was THE dessert of his youth.  And no matter how many Chocolate Cheesecake recipes I tried (and they were all pretty good), they just didn’t live up to his taste bud memories.

Recently, as he was once again telling me yet again about how amazing the Chocolate Cheesecake from Grisanti’s was, an idea popped into my head.  I used my Google Powers and Googled something like “john grisanti chocolate cheesecake best ever in the history of the entire world Memphis Tennessee”.  Among other things, a review of a cookbook popped up.  I went to Amazon, found a used copy of the cookbook and purchased it.

Lo and behold, there WAS a Chocolate Cheesecake recipe in it.  Vivian’s Chocolate Cheesecake.  So I went for broke. And by golly, he says it is exactly what he remembered.  Google, Amazon and Molli for the WIN!!

Pretty sure there is a heart attack in every bite, but oh my friends!  What a way to die!

So, with the disclaimer that I am NOT responsible for the death of anyone who might completely clog their arteries by overeating, I am going to share the recipe.



Vivian’s Chocolate Cheesecake-from Wining & Dining With John Grisanti, 1984


1 cup butter

3 cups graham cracker crumbs

1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet chocolate piece

2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 tablespoon cocoa

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups sour cream

1 cup whipping cream

1 teaspoon sugar

Remove cream cheese from refrigerator about 2 hours before mixing cake.  Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat.  Add cracker crumbs and stir until crumbs are moistened, then press crumbs onto bottom and sides of a 10-inch springform pan.  (add more butter if mixture is too crumbly.) Chill.

Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler over simmering water.  Remove from heat.  Place softened cheese in a large mixing bowl and beat with mixer set at medium speed, until cheese is smooth. with mixer still on medium, beat in sugar gradually, then add cocoa, beating until well combined and smooth.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla, then stir in sour cream and pour into chilled crust.

Bake in a 90 degree oven for 90 minutes.  Cool at room temperature, then chill at least 5 hours before serving. (HINT: don’t start mid-afternoon if you are making this for supper…it won’t be ready to eat!)  The cooked cake will be slightly runny, but will become firm as it chills.

Whip cream with 1 teaspoon of sugar until very thick. Spoon into a pastry bag and decorate cake.  Garnish with grated chocolate or pecans and maraschino cherries.  Slice thinly.

NOTE: This cake freezes well.

And look…here I am.  Just like that, I blogged again.



He’s the kind of guy…

by Mollianne on July 27, 2016

Happy Birthday to the amazing Rocket Man!  

“I knew the first time I saw you an adventure was going to happen!” ~Winnie the Pooh {my favorite philosopher}


He’s the kind of guy who leaned over and whispered in my ear one day, “Would you like to ride a motorcycle with me?” And when I said, “Oh! Yes!” {even though I was not the motorcycle sort} he bought a bike and taught me to ride the wind.

Ed and the dishwasher

He’s the kind of guy who is will pitch in and help do whatever work needs to be done {gotta love a guy who can run an industrial dishwasher}

Ed and Anna

He’s the kind of guy who will dance at a wedding with a little girl who wants to dance!

the dance

He’s the kind of guy who will dance with this big girl almost any time I ask him to {even though he says he doesn’t like to dance, but I think its more that he thinks hes not very good at it}

Ed and the boys

He’s the kind of guy who loves my grandsons as if they were his very own.  Who considers them his very own, regardless of their bloodline.  He’s the best Granddaddy those boys could have.

Cool Breezes

He’s the kind of guy who humors my desires to take pictures of him.  He’s not a fan of having his picture taken, but he does it anyway.


He’s the kind of guy who after working on two other car batteries in a weeks’ time will get up and go help my parents when their car battery dies on a Sunday evening…after he’s announced  he’s done for the day.  And he does it with such a gentle grace. He’s the kind of guy who  melts my heart.


He’s the kind of guy who builds super cool space flight hardware.  Like the piece behind us.  Things that are actually orbiting the earth at this very moment. Because, you know, he’s the Rocket Man!

Kissing me

He’s the kind of guy who always has a kiss for me. Kisses given generously and in abundance.  Just because!

at vulcan

He’s the kind of guy who took my wounded, battle-scarred heart and found it to be beautiful and worthy of love.  Together we are finding out it is never too late to live happily ever after. Our second chance life together that began with lots of baggage, a houseful of children and even a grandchild is something we’ve made into a first class life.  He’s the kind of guy who believes in second chances.

Yes, it is his birthday, but he is the gift.  A gift of love and life and laughter, comfort and warmth and understanding to me for which I am eternally grateful.  He’s the kind of guy who fills  ordinary days with  extraordinary moments. He’s just the kind of guy to make my dreams come true.

So here’s to the Rocket Man!  My dearest love.

Happy birthday!



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