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SHELBURNE, Vt. - Cheesecake is a dessert staple in the U.S. -- it's been popular since ancient Greece. The sweet thick dessert comes in a variety of flavors, but two women are making it with a South American twist.

Friends Juanita Galloway and Anne Marcoe are working fast and efficiently in Juanita's Shelburne kitchen.  But these two stay-at-home moms aren't getting ready for the next school bake sale -- they're at work -- baking confectionary creations for their business, Good Comida. The name means "good food."

"We bake only when our kids are at school," Marcoe said.

"Yeah, by 3 o'clock we have to be done and be moms again," Galloway added.

Good Comida started two years ago and sells all kinds of sweet desserts, but specializes in cheesecake. "This is like nothing I've ever tasted before -- it's a very special cake," Marcoe said.

That's because this isn't the New York style cheesecake that you may be used to -- it's Columbian style. "It's a lighter, airier version of a cheesecake. It has no flour in it. My husband calls it a cloud cake. And it's always paired with a fresh sauce," Galloway said.

Galloway grew up eating this exact cake in Bogata, Colombia. Her mom started selling the airy cakes more than 40 years ago, and that's the winning recipe that these two follow. All of the cheesecakes are plain with a graham cracker crust, but come with your pick of 12 fresh seasonal sauces. "When someone says, 'I don't really like cheesecake,' I'm like, well, you haven't had this," Galloway said.

A 6-inch cheese cake costs around $15 and a 9-inch around $25. They also sell them by the slice and jars for parties. You'll find them at Healthy Living, City Market, the Shelburne Market, and online.

A fresh Columbian spin on cheesecake that's Made in Vermont.



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