(Well, ok, I'll probably still eat cheesecake. But still.)
OK, anyway, that’s why I didn’t have 4 packages just laying around. So, I decided to scrap that dessert (it definitely made me cry a little inside, but there was no way to fit another grocery trip into the day) and make one with ingredients on hand. I thought long and hard, and decided that the only recipe I could do was my mom’s tort, of the pistachio variety. (Sometimes she uses chocolate, but I only had pistachio, or so I thought). I don't know where she got it, but here’s the recipe:
1 Stick margarine
1 Cup flour
1/2 Cup chopped nuts (I use pecans)
Combine well. Pat into a 9x13 pan and bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes. Let cool COMPLETELY.
1 Cup powdered sugar
1/2 of a 16 oz. Cool whip
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese (softened)
Mix this until smooth. Spread it over crust. (make sure the crust is COOL)
2 small packages of instant chocolate (or pistachio) pudding
3 Cups cold milk
Beat together until thick. Layer this on top of the cream cheese mixture.
Spread the rest of the cool whip on top. Chill and serve.