How Replacement Windows are Like a Holiday Cheesecake

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Replacement Windows are like a yummy holiday dessert. Read on to learn how and to get a free Banana Pudding Cheesecake recipe.

Many people in New Jersey and metropolitan New York host huge family gatherings around the holidays. If you’re not hosting, you’re probably attending one and don’t want to show up empty-handed and bringing an extra dessert is always a welcome addition to a holiday gathering. Planning a holiday menu is what led one of our Renewal by Andersen team members to decide designing replacement windows is similar to baking a mouth-watering dessert worthy of repeating year after year.

Designing Replacement Windows is a Bit Like Creating Culinary Delights

Delicious food doesn’t just happen. It is created. You must start with high quality ingredients, selected for freshness, taste and textures. The best results come from measuring precisely, blending just enough, but not too much, and cooking for a very specific amount of time at the right temperature, using the proper baking dish.

While it may sound strange, designing replacement windows requires the same intentional patterns as baking a beautiful cheesecake.

  • In the same way that flour type and quality directly influence a dessert’s taste and texture, high-quality construction materials, like Fibrex, affect performance.
  • Optional garnishes enrich the dining experience, and choosing accessories, like window screens, handles and grilles, adds a bit of visual interest.
  • Without accurate measurements, your cake won’t taste right or may crack or puff up in the center, ruining its appearance, as well as its taste. You can toss a dish that doesn’t turn out and start over, but building a replacement window that doesn’t fit the opening left when your existing windows are removed could mean spending hundreds of dollars modifying your home’s structure to get a good fit, and the hassle of finding a contractor with skills and expertise to do the job right.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro for Help With Your Replacement Window Recipe

Over decades we have created a replacement window recipe for success. And, we found a desert recipe we think is sure to please everyone on your guest list, too. Learn more about Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro by filling in the short form on this page or calling 1-888-826-2451.

FREE RECIPE: Creamy, Delicious Holiday Banana Pudding Cheesecake

This isn’t a quick and easy dish, but your family and friends will appreciate the time you spent creating this mouth-watering confection.


  • 1 1/2 cups finely crushed vanilla wafers
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • additional vanilla wafers for crust
  • 2 diced ripe bananas (medium)
  • 1 mashed ripe banana (medium)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + the zest of one medium lemon
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ground nutmeg
  • Optional: whipped cream and/or crushed vanilla wafers for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine crushed vanilla wafers, chopped pecans, and melted butter. Press into bottom of a lightly greased 9-inch spring-form pan.
  3. Stand vanilla wafers around edge of pan, gently pressing into crust – rounded sides facing outward.
  4. Combine bananas (both diced and mashed), lemon juice and zest in a small saucepan. Add brown sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. Beat cream cheese using an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes.
  6. Gradually beat in granulated sugar.
  7. Add eggs, one at a time, scrapping down sides of bowl after each addition. Incorporate well, but avoid over beating.
  8. Add vanilla and banana mixture, Stir until evenly mixed.
  9. Lightly sprinkle crust with nutmeg.
  10. Pour batter into spring-form pan on top of crust.
  11. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, until center is almost set. Jiggle the pan to check.
  12. Turn oven off, prop oven door open 5 – 6 inches and leave cheesecake in oven to cool for 1 hour.
  13. Remove cheesecake and cool on counter 30 minutes, the cook and refrigerate at least 8 hours before serving.
  14. Garnish with whipped cream and vanilla wafers, and enjoy!

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October 30, 2018 is National Weatherization Day in the United States. Each October since 1976, our nation has celebrated the people and organizations that help us reduce energy waste and improve the lives of our citizens through education and financial assistance to low income families who need a little help weatherizing their homes in New Jersey, metropolitan New York and in neighborhoods across the nation. This year Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro is encouraging all of our friends, family members and customers who already updated their homes with replacement windows to prioritize weatherization before the cold weather arrives. Continue reading Celebrate National Weatherization Day with a Replacement Window Upgrade

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Most consumers in New Jersey and New York appreciate a great deal when it comes to buying anything. But when making a large investment – like buying a car, buying a home or doing a major home renovation project, like updating with replacement windows, we’re really laser focused on getting the best deal.

You might be tempted to call around for the best price for your replacement windows, but because there are so many options, and Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro windows are custom made to fit your opening exactly to provide you the best performance and durability, there’s no way to provide an accurate quote over the phone. We can’t even “ballpark it” because any quote would be misleading and that’s not fair to you, or us.

At Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro, we understand your frustration, but we strongly advise you not to settle for the cheapest option. Here’s why. Continue reading Cheap Replacement Windows Aren’t the Least Expensive in NJ & NY