Blackberry Poppy Seed Cheesecake

Coming at you as recipe #21 is another lovely-to-look-at cheesecake.  Cheesecake is simply the bomb diggity.  It pairs beautifully with tea or coffee.  Its the perfect recipe to whip up for any celebration or get together, as its an easy one and always a crowd pleaser.  Plus, the possibilities for flavor combinations are wide open.  Its rich but not overwhelming.  Sweet but not too sweet.  Creamy, totally delicious.

I have been smitten with this particular dessert (OK lets be real, all desserts) since I was roughly twelve years old.  But the moment I truly fell in love with it was at my family’s little cottage where we used to spend a week or two every summer throughout my childhood, right on Lake Superior.  Many of my most loved and nostalgic memories take place with our “camp” (as well called it) as the setting.

This would be me with my little brother during one of these said camp summers.

During the particular summer when I was first introduced to cheesecake, I was on the cusp of my teenage years, which is a period that comes with more free reign than being a child offers.  I had my own money.  I could actually buy certain things that I wanted, of my own accord.  The power and thrill that came with that, watch out.  I used some of my meager funds to purchase a box of Sarah Lee Cheesecake Bites, which I had never sampled prior to this summer.  Since then, I haven’t looked back.  My love affair with cheesecake has only deepened over the years.


A man I dated briefly about a year ago nearly caused me to fall out of my seat when he told me during our get-to-know-you conversation that 1. he was a professional chef and 2. his specialty?  Cheesecake.  My jaw dropped.  The one heartbreak from that short and sweet handful of dates with this (another perk, admittedly beautiful) man?  That I never had the chance to sample this supposedly earth moving cheesecake.  Oh, the regret!

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