Cheesecake Johnny and his "Oreo-Style Cookies and Cream Cheesecake"
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He is one of Prince George’s County’s Bravest and until recently his off-duty hobby was one of our best kept secrets.
Fire Fighter/Medic Scruggs, who is on shift work, spends as many as 24 hours with the other five members at Station #816. Shift members share the responsibility for preparing meals by using a rotation method. As time and call volume permits, the entire crew comes together and sits down to eat as a family. It’s no secret that Scruggs’ shift partners look forward to the days he’s scheduled to cook. “I love cooking!” he says. “Any kind, any style and food…”
Scruggs says, “For over 25 years I have been developing and improving recipes, in an attempt to turn out the perfect product.” His wife and colleagues have dubbed him “Cheesecake Johnny,” which captures both his passion and his easy going personality. His wife, Bridgette Ann Greer, an Associate County Attorney with the Prince George’s County Office of Law, currently oversees legal affairs within the Fire/EMS Department.
His zeal for baking cheesecakes was initially a hobby; however, it wasn’t long before it evolved into a part-time business. Testimonials spread rapidly about “Cheesecake Johnny’s” delectable and aesthetically pleasing product; and, he soon found himself consumed with taking orders, baking and delivering during his off-duty time. Although his specialty is cheesecakes, on rare occasions he bakes other cakes or pies and sometimes caters small events for family and friends.
“Cheesecake Johnny” keeps his recipes to himself, claiming them to be a proprietary secret. He reveals only that he uses the very best ingredients available. “The real secret,” he confided, “is in the baking and cooling process, as well as the presentation.”