Over Thanksgiving, I found one of my new favorite records. My brother and I had just finished going through all the records at the Geneva Antique Co-op, when I idly flipped through a bunch we’d already covered. I stumbled upon Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings.
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Silver Throat was Cosby’s first foray into singing, backed by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. The R&B album features one original song, “Don’cha Know,” but it’s mostly cover songs. Side one features four Jimmy Reed covers, but the real gem is on side two – Cosby’s take on Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman.”
Bill Cosby isn’t a great singer, but that’s not the point. Silver Throat is full of great music and some tongue-in-cheek humor.
Listening to Silver Throat got me thinking about, you guessed it, Jello. I found a great recipe for a lemon Jello cheesecake. It was actually pretty easy to make – no baking required. I didn’t have a beater handy, so my cream cheese looked a bit uneven on top – but it didn’t affect the taste.
The mix of Jello and cream cheese makes for a bit of a weird texture at first, but the dessert was delicious. I think lemon was definitely the right flavor – it’s not too sweet. The graham cracker crust might have been my favorite part, though. It was an easy dessert that Cosby would endorse.