KENTON — Linda Wuethrich urged the photo for this story to be taken quickly, as her co-workers started to hover.
The flash blinked, and all bets were off, as it was quickly carved and carefully distributed. Her friends at the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District for Hardin/Allen/Union Counties had a good day that day.
But Wuethrich enjoyed it best, bursting with excitement and pride that her cheesecake could make so many happy.
"I bet I made well over 100 of these cheesecakes," she said. "It's always requested. ... I just love the satisfaction that it brings to the family and friends."
Wuethrich, who lives near Kenton, explained she grew up on a dairy farm. One of seven siblings, she learned how to bake from her mother.
"I would rather be baking inside than have to go outside and work on the farm," she said.
Wuethrich entered baking projects in 4-H growing up, and about six years ago she began entering baked goods again at the Hardin County Fair. She's often a winner.
And when her sister gave her a community-based cookbook that contained this cheesecake recipe, Wuethrich had found her calling. She made cheesecakes for her daughter's high school graduation party, and later for that same daughter's wedding. She did the same for a son's wedding.
"It's just a thing that I can do," she said. "And also, I found out it is really easy with a food processor."
Wuethrich is full of tips: She prefers Comstock More Fruit pie filling for cheesecake topping, and she doesn't substitute lower-fat versions of any ingredient.
"Honey, everything's fat. If you want it good, you put the fat in," she said, laughing.
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