Chinese Thanksgiving Cheesecake

My Salem friends got into a bizarre argument about Thanksgiving.

Some of them wanted a goose, even though they could not afford one.

My F3 wanted a traditional Thanksgiving and my other friend wanted a Chinese themed Thanksgiving to make things more interesting.

As the indecision of this continued, they agreed I could make a dessert.

I brainstormed a fusion kind of idea to try and please everyone. Those two were a hard combination to make a tasty dessert out of.

But I decided on an orange cheesecake with spiced pecans and a toasted sesame graham cracker crust. I used Ina Garten’s recipe again (the one I used in my first cheesecake entry) but added a touch of orange extract because I found it in my spice cabinet.

Instead of lemon zest, I added orange zest, but maybe I need a microplane because the peel came out in large strands. Other than that, I liked my cheesecake because it was a change from the classic cheesecake.

I like a little inventiveness in a dessert.

My F3 did win the argument for a traditional Thanksgiving, but I did try to appeal to my other friend  with this dessert and wearing a pink cheongsam dress.

Stephanie Landis

I am a native Oregonian, but traveling has been my way of life since I was young. I was raised in Europe and traveled around Asia and Africa. I've studied two languages and plan to add more. Along with travel, enjoying a passion for food, art and culture is apart of my daily life. My hobbies other than writing are cooking, reading, watching films and attending cultural events.

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