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Love chocolate? Love cheesecake? Consider chocolate cheesecake is the closest one can get to the platonic ideal of scrumptious? You’re not alone! I think there are many like you and me out there: “chocolate cheesecake lovers of the world, unite!” In honor of chocolate cheesecake and all of its lovers, I have put together the following list of the important uses of chocolate cheesecake in everyday life.

1) Fun Days and Difficult Days

Chocolate cheesecake is undeniably the perfect conclusion for both good days and bad days. What better way to end a holiday get-together than with chocolate cheesecake? Whether celebrating with family or friends, whether the evening has gone without a hitch or full of holes, whether the main course was mouth-watering or stale, providing cheesecake at the end of the holiday meal assures you that all your guests will go home talking about what a fantastic and talented host you are!

2) Three Meals a Day

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Anyone who was disciplined enough to let that last slice of chocolate cheesecake stay until morning knows just how splendid cheesecake is for breakfast. Cold cheesecake with milk is a perfect way to start off your day. Chocolate cheesecake is also an invaluable addition to any lunch menu. And little, I believe, needs to be said about the compliments cheesecake makes to even the least appetizing dinners! If you still haven’t had enough, try having some chocolate cheesecake for dessert, or even your midnight snack.

3) Monday, Wednesday Friday, and Any Other Day of the Week

Is it just me, or is that temptation for some chocolate cheesecake always around during the start of the week? And who can resist dipping in for some chocolate cheesecake at the end of a long, hard work week? But why only indulge yourself on Mondays and Fridays when you have other days that you can treat yourself to more chocolate cheesecake?

Well chocolate cheesecake lovers, if this doesn’t make you feel a little better about your admirable obsession for an admirable dessert, then consider this: you can get your cheesecake sugar-free (yes, even chocolate cheesecake)! Just look online for sugar free cheesecake stores and have your daily dose of cheesecake without any of that pesky guilt!

We’ve all had this happen to us. Good friends come by unexpectedly. Of course, you’re happy to see them and are really glad they came, but, being the “good hostess”, you wonder what kind of food to serve them while they’re visiting. You mentally click through the available choices. You haven’t been to the super market in days and the kitchen cupboards are nearly bare. Cheese? How embarrassing to slice the white moldy material away. Chips? Oops…the bag was left open and they are stale. Fruit? Not unless the guests enjoy the brown-spotted overripe bananas. On impulse, I quickly scan the freezer contents. YES…I can’t believe my luck…Cheesecake!

Cheesecake is such a delicious treat, I like to keep a few around for just these sorts of occasions. It is so versatile, it freezes well, is easy to serve, and can be used for just about any occasion. Whether it is a sweet snack, a handy dessert, or a covered-dish item for pot-luck dinners, cheesecake is an unforgettable rich and creamy choice. I’ve even been known to give cheesecake to others as gifts.

Cheesecake can be stored for several days in the refrigerator or frozen for months. It tastes as fresh as the day you purchase it. It thaws in just a few minutes, is easy to slice into serving portions and simple to serve. Its creamy texture makes it easy to swallow, as well.

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Cheesecake boasts a flavorful originality all its own, with the perfect combination of tartness and sweetness. There are a number of varieties of cheesecake from which to choose, making each a exquisitively different dessert. Of these different varieties, fruit-topped cheesecake offers a healthy and colorful option. Consider juicy, red strawberries, firm blueberries, or sweet peaches ladled generously over a slice of New York cheesecake and feel your mouth delight in the complimentary flavors. For that extra-tart, exotic pleaser, try Key Lime cheesecake. Turtle cheesecake has that decadently rich taste that is truly scrumptious.

The cheesecake in my freezer just happened to be New York Style. This turned out to be the perfect choice for these particular friends, who are non-pretentious and very down-to-earth. I quickly placed the container on the counter to start thawing, started a pot of coffee and by the time it was finished brewing, the cheesecake was ready to slice and serve. What a delightful visit we had, conversing between mouthfuls of this deliciously refreshing treat.

Cheesecake is a handy and impressive treat to keep on hand for those surprise visitors who you know are going to be arriving sometime. A well stocked freezer with those emergency supplies turns what could have been a stressful time into a celebration. Sometimes I think my friends come whenever they get hungry for this sweet treat!

Chocolate chip cookies

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2 cups of flour
1/2 cup of butter
1/2 cup of shortening
1 cup of brown sugar
1 cup of white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 package of chocolate chips

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl. Beat the butter, shortening, and sugars together until creamy. Incorporate eggs. Combine the dry ingredients and chocolate chips. Place by teaspoons on lightly greased cookie sheets and bake at 350 for 8 mins or until golden brown.