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Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake

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Did you know tomorrow is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day? DSCN6427 If you don’t care, you should.  Two people who weren’t fans of cheesecake or pumpkin pie demolished this slice at MessHall Kitchen. DSCN6436 So, of course, I got the recipe for all of us.  Now go forth and celebrate! DSCN6439

Pumpkin Cheesecake

by Chef Lauren Cartmel and Chef Sidoe Dukemajian of MessHall Kitchen


    For the Crust

    • 3/4 cup pistachio, ground up
    • 9 graham crackers, ground up
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 6 tbsp butter, melted

    For the Filling

    • 2 lbs. Room Temperature Cream Cheese
    • 1 and 3/4 cups Sugar
    • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
    • 1/4 teaspoon Ground Ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon Clove
    • Pinch of Nutmeg
    • 1 lb. Pumpkin (puree)
    • 5 Eggs
    • Pinch of Salt
    • 1 tablespoon Vanilla
    • 4 tablespoons Flour


    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Mix crust ingredients until combined, then press into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake 15 min or until golden brown around the edges. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 min.

    Change oven to 300 degrees and make the filling.

    Cream together cream cheese and sugar (scrape the bottom of bowl frequently to ensure all cheese is creamed and there are no chunks)

    Add Pumpkin (puree) and continue mixing

    Add Eggs (1 at a time)

    Add remaining ingredients until completely incorporated

    Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hour or until cake is set.  Garnish with whipped cream and a gingersnap cookie, if desired.


    MessHall Fall

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    I spent Tuesday afternoon at one of my favorite restaurants, treated to a peek at their new fall menu!


    This is MessHall Kitchen’s Smoked Corn Fritters with Pumpkin Seed Romesco…


    …”The Italian Job” Salad with Cherry Tomatoes, Pearlini Mozzarella, Olives, Cranberry Beans, and Radicchio…

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    …and from their dinner menu – a Lamb Sausage Cassoulet…


    …surrounded by ham hock, duck confit, white beans, and duck fat potatoes.


    I’m not even getting to the best part – we tried a couple more dishes and I got the recipes from Chef Lauren Cartmel!  Stay tuned for future posts that will be perfect for your own fall table.

    More LA Restaurants <—click!

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    What’s New Pussycat

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    The pumpkin situation at Trader Joe’s is outa control.  And I’m totally buying into it.


    New podcast page photo!  Snapped by the talented AnRong Xu at The Farmer’s Market.


    Julius had a little cancer scare.  Luckily his tumor disappeared on its own, but he still had to get his teeth cleaned.  He looked like the old, abused chimp from Planet of the Apes for a day, but now he’s back to his normal self.  Been extra-appreciating him lately.


    Abe and I went back to Universal Studios, in an effort to take advantage of our buy-a-day-get-a-year-free-deal.  I was shocked (SHOCKED!) at the Halloween Horror exhibits they had up.  Instead of snapping photos with decapitated, zombie-fied children, I took some less traumatic ones.

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    Just signed up for the next LA Cake Club!  Here’s my recap from the last one I attended.