It may look simple, add a bunch of ingredients together, throw them in a pan and let it bake. However, if you ever made a cheesecake you'd understand, it's not as easy as it seems, and the perfect cheesecake is always elusive. It may happen a few times in a serious bakers time but not often, because there would be some tiny flaw, something that takes away that perfection and just makes it a great cheesecake.
How does one go about making that perfect cheesecake. To be honest, I have yet to be able to do it, but I'll continue trying. It's going to take time, I've tried recipe after recipe and I think I've found the right one for the basis. Since then I've played with it, adjusted it. Sometimes I was forced to use less quality ingredients, to save on costs. It would turn out okay, even good...but not great, not perfect. Then I'd get the right ingredients but it would either be underbaked or worse yet, overbaked. Sometimes, when this occurred, they would be total losses, a toss in the trash and hope to do better with the next one.
I'll be honest, I think I've got it, or at least getting there. It's a good recipe, reliable, basic. Yet I want it to be great so I'll continue to experiment. I've added ingredients to it, this liquor, that flavoring to see how well it would work. Some flavors you'd think may not have worked, turn out surprisingly well, and others that seem they should, disappointment. Often it comes out tasting very good, but when you pull it out of the oven, there's cracks in it, or worse, it falls apart when you cut that first slice, the crumb crust crumbling. So instead of serving that piece to your guest, you hide in the shadows and devour it, enjoying it's taste. It's not pretty but it sure taste good.
There was once I came close, it was supposed to go over to a friends house for dinner. It was beautiful and when I came home from work, to my horror, a slice had been taken out of it. So much for perfection.
Master baker Bill Bellicheck may have just come up with the perfect recipe. He had a very good base and with some additions and subtractions, has the Patriots one game away from being the first undefeated team since the 1972 Dolphins. It had taken him years of coaching to get to where he is this year. Coming into the season, he had already a strong, quality team ready to contend. With the addition of Randy Moss and Wes Welker to the WR corps, he brought just the right ingredients to give Tom Brady every option needed to make the offense perfect. Already having an oline that protected him and a strong running back, the package became complete. Add to that a solid defense and it makes, what seems to be an unstoppable force.
There were times that it came close to cracking, but in the end, the Patriots prevailed, having gone the entire season without a loss. Now with one game left, will the Patriots emerge from the Superbowl as perfect, or will that one slice be taken from it in the end? Only time will tell, until then, it is still something that Patriots, and all fans of football can savor.