Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake Squares

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This post has definitely been a long time in the making. I began it, oh three weeks or so ago, intending it to be a Valentine’s Day post. But then there were basketball games to attend (my daughter’s, not the Washington Wizards’), college choices to consider (my other daughter’s), and homework to do (my own, not my daughters’), and before I knew it, I was three weeks out and still no post.

Of course, it didn’t help that I started out a bit daunted with the idea of developing the recipe that’s in the post. You see, for some reason, I decided that I wanted to celebrate Valentine’s Day with cheesecake squares, preferably ones the come out of the oven decorated with splashes of raspberry sauce swirled into charming, heart-like shapes. It was Valentine’s Day for goodness sake! At the same time, any recipe for cheesecake squares had to meet my two basic conditions for appearing on this blog: They had to be a snap to make. And, they couldn’t be fat and sugar bombs, which would have prevented me from enjoying them more than a few times a year.

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Last week, after spending a fun Memorial Day weekend with family and friends, I felt as if I awoke Tuesday morning from a Rip Van Winkle-like slumber only to discover that I’d missed out on summer altogether. Despite a weekend of 90 degree highs, temperatures for the rest of that week struggled to escape the low 60’s. To make matters worse, the unseasonably cool temperatures were accompanied by overcast skies and, from time to time, a drizzly rain. Either I’d slept through the entirety of the summer season, or Washington DC had gotten stuck in a time loop that was forcing it to redo the cool, wet weather of early spring.

To put it bluntly, it was really cold. My plan to make the season’s inaugural visit to my community pool suffered a severe setback. However, mid-week, as I was running some errands wrapped warmly in a jacket I had retrieved from the back of my closet, it occurred to me that the arrival of this unfortunate weather pattern presented an opportunity. If spring had decided to do an unexpected rewind, then I would do likewise by revisiting a few spring recipes that had piqued my food blogger’s interest but which for one reason or another had fallen by the wayside.

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