Here’s a delicious dessert idea for your fourth of July celebrations…Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Dip!
For those of you that have been following along, you might remember the Lemon Blueberry Cheesecake Dip I posted just a few months ago. And even further back, Caramel Apple Pie Cheesecake Dip. (You’ll see photos of them throughout this post, just as a yummy reminder of the different things you can do with this dip.)
Today’s lovely dip has strawberries and blueberries. And it has a star!
No lemon curd this time, because, you know, we can’t have yellow in our Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Dip. It does have some lemon zest, though. I love a little fresh lemon flavor in my cheesecake and it works so nicely with the fresh berries.
This recipe is such a fun twist on dessert. I love it! It’s a dip that looks like a pie! I think it works for both casual and fancy gatherings. And I have a million other variations I’d like to post in the future. #staytuned
Now, normally I wouldn’t post a new variation on a recipe so soon, but I’m making an exception today. Why? Because I thought this dip would be fun to use for my first video. Wait, what?!! :o
Yep. Video. That’s right. I finally bit the bullet and started producing videos.
I’ve planned to do more highly produced video for a long time now. There have been many stops and starts. Other business endeavors and life matters seemed to constantly present obstacles along the way.
And if you forget life’s challenges for a moment, just the sheer process of getting set up to create video has been a journey.
I could have shot video with my phone. Had I decided to do that, perhaps you might have seen some video sooner from me. But no, I had to get the right equipment.
I needed to do research. I wanted to have the right set up. Figure out how to rig an overhead camera. Decide whether or not I wanted to take another step with the blog.
As a merchant, I remember working with the marketing division to plan our photo shoots. There was an enormous amount of preparation that went into each one. What was it going to look like?
Did we have a theme or a message we were trying to convey? What product did we want to shoot? Which models would work best? How many would we need? Which photographer did we want to use? Location? Etc. etc. etc.
That was all before we got to shoot it. It would take all day and sometimes days to shoot what would end up being a spread of two pages in a magazine.
Teams from each division would work together to get those pages shot. And those were just still shots. That wasn’t the entirely different process we went through when we were shooting video for commercials.
The bottom line is that it takes time. Just as it takes more time than it looks to shoot a commercial or a movie, (or publish a blog post), it takes time to shoot a recipe video.
More time than I expected. Apparently, it’s much easier when you have a full marketing team supporting you ;)
So, I picked a recipe to shoot and we shot it. We started editing the first video and…..I hated the footage we shot :/
Of course, there were all kinds of problems, not the least of which was that the lighting that day made the food look unappealing. Ugh! Of course, there were tons of other lessons learned about how to shoot each step of a recipe more effectively.
So, we scrapped that video and I began again. This time, I did it alone. After all, the set up was… set up. Time to fly solo.
And guess what? I learned some lessons and shot a better video. #eternalstudent
Then, my solo flight ended because my trusty video production department (aka my husband), jumped back in to help me edit an hour plus of video down to a minute or two. (That was another lengthy process with tons of lessons learned.)
But, at long last, the video is complete! It’s our first and it’s not perfect, but it’s not supposed to be. It’s just supposed to be good enough to be the first. And that, my friends, it is.
Red, White and Blue Cheesecake Dip. Great for the Fourth of July or any other day you want an easy and impressive no bake dessert. In my book, that’s any day and every day of the summer. You’ll see…you’ll be a dessert “hero” :)