I took steps to make sure I was ready for this holiday. No, I didn’t bake a cheesecake nor did I have one shipped from a famous cheesecake maker. I simply found one at the store on the night before. I had gone to Shaw’s in Middletown to buy some Eggos – I happened to be on that side of town – and while I was there, I strolled through the bakery section. I wasn’t sure if they would have anything, but since I was there, it was worth taking a look. I found one. A small one, but a pumpkin cheesecake nonetheless. It was in the refrigerated section mixed within an array of personal sized desserts. It was from a bakery called Chuckanut Bay. I bought it and then put it in our fridge when I got home. That meant I had a cheesecake all ready to celebrate on National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day.
Chuckanut Bay is in Washington, just north of Puget Sound near the Canadian border. Chuckanut Bay Foods have been there since 1992 and they began their life as a maker of gourmet cheesecakes. I didn’t know any of this and I had never heard of them before, but their product just happened to enter my line of vision just when I needed it. I ate it after dinner. The size of this cheesecake is perfect because it was really like having just one piece of cake (which is all I needed/wanted). It had a dark Graham cracker crust along the bottom. The cake was full of pumpkin flavor and had hints of all the spices you want in pumpkin – nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. The texture was just like you want a cheesecake to be too – creamy, but thick so it eats like a cake. All in all it was pretty good. I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin flavor, but I get the allure and this cheesecake highlighted it all. I’ll give it a solid thumbs up and if I ever need another cheesecake, I will definitely look for more of their products.
No, I’m not a fan of pumpkin flavor, but that’s the season we are in. It’s a food that delivers warmth and the feelings of autumn. It works well in everything from coffee to pasta to cheesecake. I get it, I just don’t like it. But today, on the occasion of National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, it actually gave me a nice little slice of autumn warmth. That’s what this dessert can do, even if that warmth comes to you in a bite size cake all the way from the other side of the country.
Next up: National Nut Day