Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thanksgiving Traditions ~ Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe

As the candy is still sitting in our tummies, we are starting to think of turkey!  Ok, so yea, the candy is still in mine, ok, ok..I admit it, I have raided the girls’ candy far too many times.  Any weight that I had lost is back with a vengeance!   So, back to Slim quick pills and lot’s of water.  No more chocolate… *smiles*
For your thanksgiving…Do you gather with your family?  Is turkey or ham your main course?  Ham had always been our family tradition because my daddy never did care for turkey.  We purchased a turkey breast a couple of years ago and that was that.  It was turkey from then on.  Chef Williams from QVC, to be exact! *smiles*
Side dishes?  Do you do the normal, green bean casserole, stuffing, and canned cranberry sauce?  Or do you go all out with dressing and home made cranberry sauce?
We always have the normal, except for the stuffing.  I always do my mother’s chicken n dressing and let me tell you…It’s divine!  I may just share that recipe with ya’ll so that you can add it to your holiday table this year as well.
Desserts?  What do you like?  Pumpkin has to be included here.  I always make a pumpkin cheese cake….Want the recipe?  pumpkin cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
2 8oz packages of cream cheese
3 1/4 cups of sugar
1 15oz can pumpkin puree
1 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
2 eggs
1/4 tsp salt
2 pastry or graham cracker pie crusts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Beat together cream cheese and sugar.  Add pumpkin puree and spices.  Beat eggs in one at a time, add salt.  Pour batter into pie crusts evenly.  Bake for 50 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool and Serve!  You can of course add whip cream if you’d like.
*picture courtesy this site*


~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Hi Joanna,
Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog! I see we have a few friends in common by your blog roll. :) Isn't Darlene just the best? ~♥~

Every Thanksgiving we usually do the normal green bean casserole and canned cranberries...But just this year (January) I found out I can't eat gluten (wheat, flour, rye, barley and most oats) SOOOOO it is going to be an interesting Thanksgiving this year! My first gluten free Thanksgiving! I am learning how to subsitute flour with special gluten free flours so I CAN make your Pumpkin Cheesecake! Thanks for the recipe it looks very yummy!

Darlene said...

We are slackers when it comes to "cooking" a Thanksgiving dinner and order it from a local catering company (it is delicious). They provide the turkey, dressing, green beans and mashed potatos and cranberry sauce. Also, rolls and pumpkin pie. Then we make a few favorites to go with it such as brocolli, rice and cheese casserole, yams and usually a yummy pineapple casserole. I will be posting that recipe probably next week. We just won't spend all day in the kitchen cooking when we can be visiting and playing.

Stacey said...

Hi Joanna! I'm glad you came to visit me. Our family Thanksgiving might be a little different. We've always traveled from Oklahoma back home to Texas. The traffic has gotten so bad though that we might stay home. It's still up in the air because it's hard to commit to that.

I'm with you when it comes to wanting to diet a little. Sheesh!! I made a chocolate pie this week and most of it has been eaten by - me!!

Kris said...

Hi Joanna, thanks for stopping by! Your pie recipe looks delicious - might have to give that one a try this year!! :)