National cheesecake day
July 30th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Say cheese - July 30 is National Cheesecake Day!

What do cheesecake and the Olympics have in common? The answer might surprise you. The creamy confection we now consider a treat was thought to be a fantastic source of energy in ancient Greece. In fact, cheesecake was served to the first Olympians in 776 B.C.

In the 1870s, dairy farmer William Lawrence of Chester, New York, accidentally made what we now know as cream cheese. And, German-American Arnold Reuben (of sandwich fame) is credited with creating the cream cheese-based recipe for what we now know as New York-style cheesecake.

Cheesecake can either be baked or refrigerated. The main difference is the latter recipe doesn’t include eggs. The classic cheesecake recipe typically contains cream cheese, either sour or heavy cream, vanilla, lemon juice and sugar. The mixture is poured into a pre-baked crust, most popularly made out of graham crackers.

The humble cheesecake has come a long way since its conception, but, like the Olympics, this American favorite has stood the test of time and certainly deserves a gold medal.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. you

    I hate it when they dont let the top brown

    July 31, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  2. Gort

    Klaatu Nikto Borada!

    July 31, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  3. Cheesecake

    Eat me.

    July 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  4. ™©JbJiNg!eŚ®™

    Yeah! The Cheesecake Factory is offering 1/2 price cheesecake today, and I have been patiently waiting for a slice of chocolate chip cookie dough cheesecake for about a month now. Enjoy!

    July 30, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  5. Zabnogg from Planet Kolobb

    My favorite cheesecake is Scarlett Johansen's leaked photos.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
    • Scarlett Johansen

      You dog, you.

      July 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  6. alr

    Cherry cheesecake is my favorite but it's so hard to find unless you make it yourself. Most places offer either raspberry or strawberry.

    July 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  7. Cuisine for Thought

    Want to read more inspiration about this sweet indulgence? http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-814934 Then be sure to do your part and participate in the festivities by indulging in a cheesecake or two :)

    July 30, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  8. Cuisine for Thought

    Want to read more to whet your appetite for the creamy indulgence? http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-814934 And then, please, do your part in today's celebration and have some cheesecake :)

    July 30, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  9. Zabnogg from Planet Kolobb

    Mitt Romney and I landed our flying saucers here first. Na Nu Na Nu.

    July 30, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  10. Ganthor the Troglodyte Troll

    I claim this spot on behalf of all troglodytes and ignoramuses in the land of Krangoghan!

    July 30, 2012 at 10:06 am |
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