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July 4th Red, White and Blue Cheesecake

While drops of food coloring will enhance the layers of this patriotic July 4th cheesecake, its stripes are tinted naturally with seasonal flavors: red raspberry, white vanilla bean and blue blueberry. The fresh blueberry topping is held together with just enough gelatin to give it a gorgeous, glossy look and to make it easy to cut. In order to achieve the clean layers you’ll need to have some time to let each one set, so plan in advance. It is super easy and completely worth the extra time to present such a fun dessert at your holiday party.

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Thirsty Thursday: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Cheesecake Cocktail

Your mom probably used to tell you not to eat too many sweets, but sometimes we have to make exceptions. For me and my mom, that exception is cheesecake. If you need an excuse to spoil mom this weekend for Mother’s Day, make a decadent drink that brings together all the goodness of cheesecake in a cocktail.

Start this cocktail with a base of tangy buttermilk to replicate cheesecake’s rich flavor and creaminess. Next, add some sweet amaretto and hazelnut liqueur to the cocktail shaker with a strip of lemon peel for a citrusy accent. Shake on ice, and pour into glasses rimmed with cream cheese and textured graham cracker crumbs. After all, what is cheesecake without a graham cracker crust? Finally, finish with a strawberry garnish for a delicious, indulgent beverage.

Bottoms up, folks.

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No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

No-Bake Strawberry Cheesecake

As we gear up for the heat of summer, this strawberry cheesecake is absolute perfection. The fresh sweet berries and creamy cheesecake are layered on top of a rich graham cracker crust and none of it has to be baked.  Just because it is fast and easy to make doesn’t mean it shouldn’t also be gorgeous. It’s pretty enough for a wedding shower, but simple enough for a picnic in the backyard.

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Fall Fest: How ‘Bout Them Apples?

Tyler's Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie

Fall Fest 2010We’re teaming up with other food and garden bloggers to host Summer Fest 2010, a season-long garden party. Each week we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. To join in, check out awaytogarden.com.

Let’s face it, apples go a long way in making up for the fact that there are no more strawberries, no more zucchini or corn and no more tank tops and flip flops. During this week of Fall Fest 2010, we’re talking about apples, the generous fruits that see us through the transition of summer-to-fall. An apple, dusted with cinnamon and simply baked, tucked under a buttery crust or a thick layer of spiced crumb topping, or cooked down into a sweet applesauce is quite possibly the most comforting food of all. Forget meat loaf and mac and cheese, nothing conveys warmth and coziness like a an apple pie, like Tyler Florence’s Ultimate Caramel Apple Pie, above. Here’s a roundup of some of the most tempting apple desserts out there — some of yours, some of ours — that are sure to escort you into the colder months, and will make you forget about your flip flips for another year.

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Pix Potluck — Sweet Vegan Cupcakes

Vegan Cupcake from Happy Little Vegans

Vegan Cupcake from Happy Little Vegans

With a long holiday weekend on the horizon and the launch of Cooking Channel in ONE WEEK, we wanted to start Monday on a sweet note…

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