Summer and strawberries – it’s perfection really. Whether eating straight out of the pint, chopping in salads, adding to birthday cakes, or blending in smoothies, we really can’t get enough around my house. So any excuse to eat more strawberries is welcome.
And then when you pack them with cream cheese and chocolate? Well, you’ll likely cry uncle or mercy at some point.
These Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries were the first little glimmer of the budding foodie in me. I stood in the break room of my first ad agency job out of college and chatted with my boss about desserts; what specifically I can’t recall. But mashing up a piece of cheesecake, crust and all, and putting it inside strawberries was the result. That much I do remember.
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Today is National Cheesecake Day! Besides Christmas and my own birthday, this has to be one of the best days out of the year for a foodie like me.
Cheesecake has a rich flavor, and nearly as rich a history, too. Records of cheesecake date back as far as 770 BC, when a cheesecake-like concotion was served up to Olympic athletes. How very appropriate being that we’re now in full Olympic season. I wonder if Hope Solo and Michael Phelps are digging into some of this decadent dessert to fuel their athletic endeavors? If only we were a fly on the wall in the Olympic kitchen.
Since its inception apparently centuries ago, cheesecake has been adopted as a favorite by many countries, including Europe, Latin America, Asia, and of course, the U.S. But this last one isn’t such a surprise as nearly every fellow countryman I know loves cheesecake. Not to mention we even have restaurant embassies erected in its honor. (Cheesecake Factory anyone?)
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