Today is Thanksgiving Day in Canada and it is without question, one of my favourite holidays. In fact, sometimes I will have little debates with myself (usually while baking) about which holiday I prefer: Christmas or Thanksgiving.

Nothing can match the light and magic of Christmas. However, Thanksgiving brings such joy and ease. It’s almost like Christmas without the pressure of buying gifts.

Mostly I love Thanksgiving for the turkey and the trimmings. I’m not complaining about my Italian background, I mean the food that I grew up with has been the basis for my love of food. But there has always been something so intriguing about turkey and cranberry sauce and gravy and squash. Yes. Even brussel sprouts fascinate me!

Happily, there is a huge chestnut-stuffed turkey in our oven right now! My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

To celebrate the breadth of the harvest, I like to make a variety of small desserts so that people can sample a little bit of everything. One of the items I’ve made are these mini pumpkin cheesecakes. A few years ago I came across the best pumpkin cheesecake recipe (ever!) in The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion.

The feast is going to begin soon so I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!



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