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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A red, white ,and blue, dessert.....


cool, rich, and creamy......perfect for the upcoming birthday bash for our country!
What do you look forward to when you get together with friends and family for a special holiday? The catching up, the stories of past years, and of course.....the food?
I always love to see ( and taste) what someone else brings to the table. So often, the dishes I make for my family are usually the same thing, over and over.......and now that we are experiencing the empty nest..........I don't try as many new things. When a new dish or dessert is tried, it always taste so good, because it's out of the ordinary.
How about you? Do you try to surprise your family with something new as another holiday approaches?
Do they look forward to this?
I would love to hear!

Very Berry Cheesecake

4O vanilla wafers
6 tbs. butter, melted
2- 8-ounce packages cream cheese
3/4 cup sugar
2 tbs. flour
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup cream style cottage cheese
1/4 cup orange juice
3 eggs
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
3/4 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup fresh black berries
3//4 cup fresh blueberries
1/2 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
1 tbs. orange juice
1 tbs. sugar
Four crust, finely crush wafers. In a medium mixing bowl stir together wafers and butter. Transfer to an 8 inch spring formpan. Press the mixture onto the bottom and 1 1/4 inches up sides of pan. Set aside.

Mix all fruits and berries together, set aside.

In a mixing bowl, mix cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, flour and vanilla. Beat with mixer until combined. Set aside.

Place cottage cheese in a blender or food processor. Blend till smooth. Stir into cream cheese mixture. Stir in the 1/4 cup orange juice. Add eggs all at once; beat on low speed just till combined.......do not overbeat.
Pour half of the cheese mixture into the crust lined pan. Spread 1 cup of the fruit atop. Top with remaining cheese mixture and 1/2 cup of the fruit. Place in a shalow baking pan in a 375.F degree oven. Bake uncovered, for 40 to 45 minutes or till center appears nearly set when shaken.

Cool on wier rack for 15 minutes; loosen sides.
Cool completely on wire rack. Cover, chill till serving time.

For topping: In a meduim bowl combine remaining fruit, the tablespoon of orange juice, and the 1 tablespoon of sugar. Cover and chill for up to 1 hour.

To serve, cut cheesecake into wedges. Top each serving with fruit topping.
Enjoy!