Day 447 – National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

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.

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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

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