Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

Blackberry Cheesecake-Topped Sweet Potato Cakes

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Chances are, you haven’t tried sweet potatoes and blackberries together.  So chances are, you just haven’t lived.

Sure, that could be a slight overstatement, but with everything going on in this one little dessert I feel it’s totally acceptable if I err on the dramatic side.

For one thing, this combination of flavors is a wonderous, yet unnecessarily rare occurrence.  By the time spring rolls around, we’ve all but forgotten about sweet potatoes altogether, as healthy and tasty as they are.  They never so much as share a crisper drawer with a fresh blackberry.  Conversely, in late fall, there isn’t a fresh berry in sight, so we decide it must, therefore, be impossible to eat one. 

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12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

12 Must-Try Recipes for Spring Baking

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When you think of spring, what comes to mind?  Flowers?  Bunnies?  (Allergies?)  I think of flavors.  Like, fresh, fruity, zesty flavors. 

Yes, I know.  My world kinda revolves around food.  I’m okay with that.

Anyway, there really isn’t just one particular flavor that comes to mind – it’s like a whole basket of flavors.  An Easter-basket of flavors – if Easter baskets were full of actual fruit and healthier things that the jelly beans try to taste like.

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Lemon-Blackberry Swirl Cookies

Lemon-Blackberry Swirl Cookies

About eight years ago, my parents planted a couple blackberry bushes in their backyard.  The blackberry bushes seemed quite pleased with their new living situation, and not long after, presented my family with several juicy blackberries.  Over the years, if I may continue personifying blackberry bushes, their generosity has grown to the point of producing enough blackberries throughout the month of May to make a whole pie or two.

So, for the last eight years, May has been blackberry month for my family.  Blackberry month, always an exciting time, is filled with blackberry pancakes, blackberry cheesecakes, blackberries on cereal, and sun-warmed blackberries straight off the vine.  And into my mouth.

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Mini Blackberry-Chamomile Scones

Mini Blackberry-Chamomile Scones

On the weekends, when we were likely to sleep the morning away, if my mom really wanted us kids out of bed for something, she would come into the room, pull open the blinds, and softly sing, “There’s doooughnuts…”

This usually got an immediate response, because usually, that meant there were doughnuts.  (Yes, one time...

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