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FOOD HOLIDAY: National Cheesecake Day

Two days ago we tweeted that Cheesecake Factory is offering half-priced cheesecake today to celebrate National Cheesecake Day (eat in, no takeout).

On the one hand, the one slice per person they set for the half price offer may seem restrictive. On the other hand, how many flavors of cheesecake would you try at 50% off? The last time we shared two flavors of the uber-rich dessert at Cheesecake Factory, the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake did battle in our stomach with the Key Lime Cheesecake. Our groan for the remainder of the evening was, “Why did we eat all that?”

So, dismiss thoughts of how many non-dessert-eating friends might want to join you for lunch, so that they can order a half-price piece of cheesecake for you.

Instead, get out your springform pan and bake your favorite recipe or try a new one.

 

In Mom’s recipe, the sour cream topping
is an inch high. Photo by Kelly Cline | IST.

 

With so much luscious fresh fruit abounding, you can top your cheesecake with a seasonal fruit salad instead of the tasty yet ubiquitous strawberries. We’re going for peaches and nectarines, marinated in Grand Marnier. Use any orange liqueur, and let the cut fruit marinate in it for several hours or overnight, stirring occasionally to turn the fruit. (If it’s in a sealed plastic container, just shake it.)

If you’ve never had cheesecake with a sour cream top layer, we urge you to try our mother’s cheesecake recipe. We grew up on it, and while we’ve had hundreds of other cheesecake recipes since then, we always return to it.

1. Get the recipe.
2. Invite friends, family or neighbors over to celebrate—in one day. Cheesecake gets better with a day of aging.
3. Start baking.
4. Save us a piece!

Find more of our favorite cheesecake recipes.

  





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