Although not much of a picky eater growing up, I hated when foods touched on my plate. I only classified a few combinations as “acceptable”: butter and mashed potatoes, maple syrup and pancakes, chocolate sauce and ice cream. But I nearly threw a tantrum if…
Turkey touched the mashed potatoes.
- Fresh fruit fell into the maple syrup.
- Birthday cake became soggy from the melting ice cream.
(My mom actually bought me one of those divided-up plates for Christmas last year. Only 20 years too late!)
So the brilliance of Neapolitan desserts was completely lost on me. I couldn’t fathom why people actually wanted their chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry all mixed together in a single milkshake or scoop of ice cream! Wouldn’t that just be a muddled sugary mess?
It took me until adulthood to come up with a compromise: combine the three flavors but still keep them separate. How?
Bake a vanilla cheesecake studded with strawberries and chocolate chips! I could easily pick out the bits if necessary to eat each flavor individually. But after my first bite, I definitely didn’t want to!
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