March 6, 2013

National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day

"If one swallows a cup of chocolate only three hours after a copious lunch, everything will be perfectly digested and there will still be room for dinner." - Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

It's National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day!

White chocolate with raspberries.
White chocolate, milk chocolate, and dark chocolate swirl.
White chocolate with toffee and a brown sugar crumble.
White chocolate and citrus.

There are lots of flavor combinations to choose from when celebrating today’s food holiday. It’s all about finding what works for you!

The original concept of cheesecake originated in ancient Greece where it was served to Olympic athletes in 776 BC (I can’t imagine eating a slice of cheesecake either before or after a run. Did they have iron stomachs back then or what?). Today, the cheese used in cheesecake varies depending on where you are in the world. Italy uses ricotta (which is Italian for “recooked”); Germany uses quark (an unaged curd cheese; it’s similar to Indian paneer); and, Greece traditionally uses mizithra (an unpasteurized cheese made from sheep or goats milk).

If you can't get your hands on a cheesecake from Europe, there's nothing wrong with the tried and true Amur-KAH'n version made with cream cheese. And one shouldn't be too difficult to find either - not only do they grace the menu of nearly every restaurant it seems, but they are now readily available at most grocers, too (today I splurged on a trio of cheesecake bites from the store around the corner). So - go ahead and indulge! After all, National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day only comes around once a year (so does National Cherry Cheesecake - which takes place in about a month, National Cheesecake Day, and National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, too!). For now...

Happy National White Chocolate Cheesecake Day!