Today, my first born turns thirteen. Thir-TEEN. A teenager?!? How in the world did that happen? So, to kick of my online blogging event Hot Summer Eats , I am bringing you our family's favorite dessert: cheesecake. So tasty. and it's great for shoving birthday candles into as well. But first, a few photos of the birthday boy. This is the day we became a family of three. Well, maybe it was the next day. That little boy upended our entire lives. In a great way. Back to the real reason for this post: cheesecake! While I gravitate toward creatively flavored cheesecakes - I've made Matcha-Yuzu Cheesecake , Cheesecake with a Chestnut Swirl , Lemon-Saison Cheesecake , and Blood Orange-Saffron Cheesecake - my husband vastly prefers Plain White Cheesecake . My solution: keep it mostly neutral-hued; he doesn't object too much then. So, I added lots of flavor into the crust and kept the filling mostly plain. It was a hit. Crust 3 C crushed cookies (I used
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