July 30th Is National Cheesecake Day

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Cheesecake may have come from ancient Greece. Cheesecake was served to the athletes at the first Olympic Games in 776 B.C. Cheesecake is still being enjoyed in the twenty first century and celebrated with it’s own holiday.

July 30th . . . are you wondering what to eat or serve for this fun holiday? You don’t have to because it is National Cheesecake Day. Who can resist cheesecake? You might have cheesecake candy, cheesecake cupcakes, cheesecake cookies, cheesecake tarts, cheesecake drinks or cheesecake ice cream. July 30th is National Cheesecake Day. Cheesecake restaurants and stores may be having specials on cheesecake.

To beat the summer heat you might want to try this No Bake Cherry Cheesecake Recipe at WikiHow. You’re given step by step directions with photos of every step in this article. www.WikiHow.com/Make-a-No-Bake-Cherry-Cheesecake

Here is another quick and easy recipe for a No Bake Cherry Cheesecake from Cooks.com

No Bake Cherry Cheesecake

1 6 oz Ready Crust Graham Cracker Pie Crust
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1 14 oz can Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk)
1/3 cup lemon juice from concentrate
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 21 oz can cherry pie filling, chilled or any other fruit in season

With mixer, beat cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in Eagle Brand milk, until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla. Pour into crust. Chill at least 3 hours.

After chilled, top with pie filling. Refrigerate leftovers.

Tip: Add whipped cream or other garnish as desire

You’ll like this cool cheesecake recipe, a Cheesecake Fudge Recipe from CooksRecipes.com. This fudge is cooked and has to be stirred constantly.

Cheesecake Fudge Recipe

1/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 (5-ounce) can evaporated milk (or 2/3 cup)
3 cups miniature marshmallows
2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, cubed and softened
1 (12-ounce) package premium white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with lightly buttered waxed paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.
2. Combine butter, sugar, milk and marshmallows in heavy 2 1/2 to 3-quart saucepan; bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling for 5 1/2 minutes on medium heat or until candy thermometer reaches 234*F (110*C), stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.
3. Stir in cream cheese and white chocolate chips until melted. Add vanilla and mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Cool at room temperature. Cut into squares.

Makes about 2 dozen candies.

Have a healthier more cruelty free National Cheesecake Day with soy. Vegetarians eat soy tofu or soy milk cheesecake. This healthy soy cheesecake recipe from About.com is cholesterol free.

Vegan Tofu Cheesecake Recipe
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Ingredients:

1 container Tofutti brand cream cheese alternative
12 oz or one package silken tofu
1/3 cup soy milk
1/3 cup corn starch
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp maple syrup (optional)
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1 Tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp egg replacer
2 Tbsp water
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 pre made pie crust

Preparation: Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.

Mix the egg replacer with the water in a small bowl until smooth and add to blender. Blend together all ingredients, except for oil and crust at medium speed until smooth. Mixture should be thick and creamy. Slowly incorporate oil by pouring in at low speed.

Pour into pie crust and bake 45-50 minutes or until just barely firm. The cheesecake will not change color or rise up, but don’t be afraid to take it out of the oven! Allowing it to cool and refrigerating or freezing slightly before serving will firm it up to the proper texture.

Drizzle with chocolate syrup or garnish with fresh fruit as desired.

You might want to top it all off with Cheesecake Cocktails. Here are some fun and easy Cheesecake Cocktail Recipes. A delectable Amaretto Cheesecake Drink recipe at iDrink.com www.iDrink.com/v.html?id=5553

A Strawberry Cheesecake Martini. From the AllRecipes.com website: “this tastes just like strawberry cheesecake in a glass.”

A Strawberry Cheesecake Martini

1 fluid ounce Cranberry Juice or Cranberry Black Cherry Juice
1 fluid ounce Vanilla Vodka
1/2 fluid ounce Grenadine Syrup
1 Strawberry

Pour the Cranberry Juice, Vodka and Grenadine in a cocktail shaker over ice. Cover and shake until the cocktail shaker is frosted. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with a strawberry on the rim of the glass to serve.

Enjoy! And Have a Safe and Happy Cheesecake Day July 30th!

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