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Upgrade Your Cheesecake
Three TV food stars reveal their favorite way to transform any cheesecake recipe from simple to spectacular.

"Substitute soft goat cheese for half the cream cheese in your recipe to add a fresh tanginess." —Anne Burrell, host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef

"I mix a teaspoon of rose water and half a teaspoon of ground cardamom into the batter, then garnish with a generous sprinkle of chopped pistachios. It tastes so delicate and lovely!" —Aarti Sequeira, host of Aarti Party

"I love substituting a gingersnap crust for the usual graham cracker. Just pulse gingersnap cookies into crumbs in a food processor. Mix with melted butter, then press the mixture down in the bottom of your cheesecake pan and bake for ten minutes." —Gina Neely, cohost of Down Home with the Neelys