Beth Siegalkoff

Each year on Oct. 21, National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day ushers in the flavors of fall. Cheesecake is one of America’s favorite desserts and by adding pumpkin, we celebrate the essential flavoring of the season. This sweet dessert mixes fresh soft cheese, cream cheese or cottage cheese, eggs and sugar to create a base. The crust is made from crushed graham crackers, crushed cookies, pastry or sponge cake. Pumpkin may be added to cheesecake recipes in various ways. For example, it may be swirled throughout, mixed thoroughly with all ingredients or layered. Bakers prepare cheesecakes and top them with fruit, fruit sauce, chocolate or whipped cream.

Did you know cheesecake was a popular dish in ancient Greece? It can be traced back to as early as 2000 B.C.; the earliest attested mention of cheesecake is by the Greek physician Aegimus. He wrote a book on the art of making cheesecakes.

James Kraft developed a form of pasteurized cream cheese in 1912. In 1928, Kraft acquired the Philadelphia trademark and marketed pasteurized Philadelphia Cream Cheese. In fact, bakers use Philadelphia cream cheese, more than any other cream cheese, to make cheesecake.

North America has several different styles of cheesecakes: New York style, Pennsylvania Dutch, Philadelphia, Farmers cheese, Country Style, Lactose-free, Chicago and Savory, just to name a few.

Why not make a memory and surprise your family today with a Pumpkin Cheesecake for dessert? It is a great way to celebrate fall.

Kudos and thank you to the Halloween elves that decorated the Herald Park. It did my heart good to see a Pumpkin tree decorated with orange lights and a pumpkin on top. And the park is aglow at night with other lights too.

Keep your fingers crossed and say a prayer. Some of the high school students may be physically returning to Galt High and Liberty Ranch High Monday, Oct. 26. It will be in small hands-on classes – SPED classes, support classes, Ag Mechanics and Ag Welding. If all goes well, other hands-on classes and labs will be added in a timely fashion, maybe even athletics! It’s a start back to normal and I am really looking forward to normal.

Okay, here is one for you. There are 65 shopping days until Christmas! That’s right a little over two months. The stores have slowly added their Christmas decoration displays. Due to these uncertain times, I think everyone, including the stores, are concentrating on enjoying one holiday at a time.

You never know when you wake up in the morning what the day will bring. With the pandemic, the politics (definition of politics: poli - meaning ‘many’; tics – ‘blood sucking vermin’), it fits; just had to throw that in for a chuckle. With all the disruptions that have made our lives topsy-turvy, we need to enjoy and celebrate the positive, even if it is Halloween decorations and full moons.

And, by the way, Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, Nov. 1. So, after a fun-filled Halloween on Saturday, you get an extra hour of sleep on Sunday. Talk about making a memory and celebrating the positive – Yes! Good times – that is what I am talking about.

Recipe of the day: Apple Dumplings; Flower of the day: Hollyhocks

Dates to remember:

Tomorrow – Galt FFA will be sponsoring a Community Blood Drive at the Valley Oaks Grange Hall, 347 Fifth Street in Galt. 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct 31 – Halloween

Sun., Nov 1 – Daylight Saving Time ends

Tues., Nov 3 – Election Day – Don’t forget to vote

Wed., Nov 11 – Veterans Day

Thurs., Nov 26 - Thanksgiving

Until next week – Be strong, be courageous and make a memory.