The Thanksgiving celebration I've been invited to has requested that I bring a pumpkin cheesecake. (I know, it sounds oddly specific, but I'd expect nothing less from these particular friends.) Tempting though it is to just buy one (an option they gave me), I've been trolling the internet for recipes, thinking I really ought to try making one. I love cheesecake, and I like baking, and I have an unused set of springform pans (a gift from one of the upcoming T-day hosts), but I've never made a cheesecake. Shame on me, I know.
So obviously, if anybody has a favorite recipe, or specific advice, it would be appreciated. But mostly I'm curious, given my crazily unpredictable schedule, how far in advance I can make this. A search of these boards indicates that it's unwise to freeze a cheesecake. But can it simply sit in the fridge for a few days? Can I make it in the next day or two (when I should have some free time) and store it in a way that it will still be palatable come Thursday? I'd hate to suddenly find myself without the time to make it the night before.
Thanks in advance for any advice.