Baked Ricotta Cheesecake with Strawberries in a Balsamic Vinegar Syrup

Trying to decide on a topic for your first post is not an easy task. One of the ideas I had for this post was to write about my recent week-long visit to San Francisco where I had a blast exploring the city and trying out different places to eat.  I’d even meticulously put together a list of cafes and restaurants to visit in the city. Eventually,  jet lag combined with general fatigue meant that I didn’t end up visiting all of those places.

However, one of the highlights of our visit was the dinner we had with a good friend at the highly recommended Cheesecake Factory in Union Square. The cheesecake we had in addition to other ginormous (just love this word!) quantities of food was heavenly! Luscious and silky smooth, it was like no other cheesecake I’d ever tasted before.  So when one of my friends suggested that maybe I should start off with a cheesecake recipe, I thought why not! The taste of that cherry cheesecake still lingers on in my memory and I thought I could attempt to evoke it by trying out a nice one myself if I could find an interesting recipe.

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