A Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake and Thanksgiving 2011 Recap

by zesty · 8 comments

Happy Monday to you! Canadian Thanksgiving here at home, Columbus day in the US and what I think is a regular Monday in the rest of the world. I have a special post for you today. Not only do I have a thanksgiving recap from the Cooking in laws on Saturday night I have a cheesecake that Sister in Law Cooking made that will blow your mind. Do you get excited about food like I do? When I saw the spring form pan makes it way to the table at around 7:36pm Atlantic time on Saturday night, I may have gotten a few chills down my back with excitement. Spring form in my simple mind means cheesecake. Cheesecake means HOLY YUM.

This was know exception.  Pumpkin Marble Cheesecake! Yeah I know  – ridiculous.  I could not wait to sink my fork into this piece of work.  But give me a minute and I will tell you how she made it.  She altered the recipe slightly from all recipes and the details are below.


  • 1 1/2 Cups crushed gingersnap cookies
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 Cup butter, melted
  • 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 Cup white sugar, divided
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 Tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 Tsp. allspice


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, mix together the crushed gingersnap cookies, pecans, and butter. Press into the bottom, and about 1 inch up the sides of a 9 inch springform pan. Bake crust 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and vanilla just until smooth. Mix in eggs one at a time, blending well after each. Set aside 1 cup of the mixture and place in the fridge.
  3. Blend 1/4 cup sugar, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg into the remaining mixture.
  4. Spread the pumpkin flavored batter into the crust, and drop the plain batter by spoonfuls onto the top.
  5. Swirl with a knife to create a marbled effect.
  6. Bake 55 minutes in the preheated oven, or until filling is set. Run a knife around the edge of the pan.
  7. Allow to cool before removing pan rim.
  8. Chill for at least 4 hours before serving.
  9. ENJOY!

This is my small portion.... do note the butter tart pie that was also amazing! Maybe I will share that later on this week for you to try.



Zesty Tip: Cooking in law did mention that putting the extra one cup of mixture aside in the fridge was something she would do again.  Also remember with spring form pans and cheesecake, always wait until the cake has cooled before removing.  makes life easier.

OK, so as you can see that was delicious… and I realize I started backwards with the dinner recap.  But that is OK.  I am going to do a picture recap of the entire meal right now so you can enjoy in all it’s beauty.  I will start off with a picture of the menu so you can related to the pictures.  If you want any recipes just let me know in the comments and I will get them for you.

As you can see, this is no ordinary turkey dinner that you would have on Thanksgiving. This is high end folks and I know that I am super lucky to be part of this so bear with me and get thru this masterpiece.

Brussels prior to plating. This could win an award for taste


Parsnips prior to hitting the wood oven


rumbling beets getting ready for the big dance


A little stuffing.... oh dear I can feel my pants getting tight again


Caramelized onions that you could add to whatever you wanted.


An action pea shot... before the bacon.


Honestly, these brussel sprouts! Unbelievable!


WOW, as I review these pictures, I am hungry again and think back to how amazing this dinner was.  I am actually going to make some chocolate chip pancakes for the kiddos here now and than maybe do some house work before heading to Momma Cooking’s for another turkey day.

Have a great day wherever you are in the world and I will come back on Wednesday for more excitement.

Take care


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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jane

Wow, Wonderful! So glad you posted the pictures! Please, please….send along the Brussel Sprout and glaze recipe! I would love to make these for Thanksgiving.


2 Lara

Holy smokes, this looks like an amazing Thanksgiving dinner! I would LOVE the brussel sprouts recipe to make for my own Thanksgiving dinner next month. They look especially delicious! Happy Thanksgiving, Cooking!


3 suzanne

What a fabulous meal!! I would love the brussels sprouts recipe and the beet recipe if possible :)


4 Marianne

That is an insanely big menu. I thought we always made a lot of food, but never like that. And I totally want this brussel sprout recipe. They look amazing :) Might need to make them for my dinner, which is next weekend.

Happy Thanksgiving Cooking!


5 Pat

Please send me the 2 appetizers and the brussel sprouts recipes. I can almost taste them looking at the photos.


6 Jena

That looks incredible! I look forward to the days when my kid(s) will be helping prepare Thanksgiving and we can tackle some of the more complicated dishes I’ve been bookmarking.


7 Ana Fernández

Hi everyone,
I cooked this recipe last week at home with my family using some Spanish cheese as it was the only one we had at home, which from my point of view really improved the whole thing, why don´t you have a look at the website, I think you´ll find ir really interesting.

kind regards


8 chuck

I would like the brussel sprout recipe also what do you do with the cup you put in the fridge?


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