Cheesecake makes a decadent Valentine’s Day treat

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Ricotta is included in this recipe for “Ricotta Cheesecake with Coffee and Chocolate” from “Nick Stellino’s Family Kitchen,” published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, by Nick Stellino, but it is not the only flavorful ingredient in this decadent dish. Valley News/Courtesy photo
TEMECULA – A cheesecake recipe can be useful on any special occasion, and especially so on Valentine’s Day. For many people, cheesecake is not cheesecake without the addition of ricotta cheese. While ricotta is included in savory dishes like lasagna or manicotti, it is at home in desserts like cheesecake as well. Ricotta means “recooked” in Italian, and its production involves reheating the whey left over from making other cheeses, like mozzarella. Its texture is like a creamy, grainy and thick sour cream. Ricotta is included in this recipe for “Ricotta Cheesecake with Coffee and Chocolate” from “Nick Stellino’s Family Kitchen,” published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons, by Nick Stellino, but it is not the only flavorful ingredient in this dish. Coffee liqueur, chocolate an
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