Thursday, June 03, 2010

Thank you for being a friend

Former Golden Girl Rue McClanahan died this morning of a massive stroke, breaking the hearts of fans worldwide. After all, who didn't love the sassy, man-hungry Miss Blanche Devereaux? Although the 76-year-old veteran television actress appeared in many projects and shows, she is best known for her role as the bawdy retiree on the popular 80s sitcom.
I can't help but feel a little bit like I lost a friend or family member. Like The Cosby Show and Family Ties, I watched The Golden Girls faithfully. There was just something so endearing about watching such a close-knit group of women live, love, cry and laugh together while sharing a house in Miami. Also, despite the fact that The Golden Girls was a comedy, I think the show sensitively tackled controversial topics - including homosexuality, interracial marriage, menopause, suicide and HIV - that really weren't discussed much in that era. Perhaps that's why it continues to have such a devoted fan base.
Anyhow, I wanted to dedicate some sweet recipes to my favorite golden girls. For those that forgot, each episode typically featured a scene where the gals gathered in the kitchen to discuss a particular issue, often over a plate of cheesecake. So here are three low-calorie, sucralose-sweetened dessert recipes.

Marvelous Mocha Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake

Rest in peace, Rue. I know you're waltzing off to the giant lanai in the sky - and leading a conga line at the Rusty Anchor - to meet up with Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty. Just leave Betty White with us, okay? Because we don't want to lose the last one standing.

Here are a few of my favorite Blanche scenes.

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