George Duran’s Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

01/27/2016 at 04:24 PM ET

2 cups frozen raspberries, thawed
1 (8-oz.) package cream cheese, room temperature
½ cup sugar
3 eggs, divided
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 (18- to 20-oz.) package brownie mix
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1. Preheat oven to 350º. Lightly grease a 13×9-in. cake pan.

2. Put the raspberries into a blender, and puree until smooth. Set a mesh strainer over a bowl, and pour the liquefied raspberries into it. Use a plastic spatula to press the juice through the sieve, leaving the seeds behind. Measure out 1/3 cup raspberry sauce. (Discard remainder, or reserve for another use.)

3. Using a stand or hand mixer, combine the 1/3 cup raspberry sauce with the cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg and flour until completely smooth.

4. In a separate bowl, combine the brownie mix with the oil, 2 eggs and 2 tbsp. water.

5. Pour 2/3 of the brownie mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Top with the raspberry mixture, and spread gently. Add the remaining brownie mixture in dollops. Use a chopstick or a knife to make swirls throughout the batter. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the brownies are cooked through. Let cool, then cut into squares.

Makes: 16 to 20 brownies
Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 55 minutes

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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