This recipe is great! i'm not a big fan of pumpkin but i love this cheesecake. Everyone seems to love the flavor too --not too strong of a pumpkin taste. I omitted the vanilla and it still tasted great, i also used a pre-made graham pie crust and it worked out well. The only thing i would advise is to beat the batter very well to make sure the cheesecake turns out smooth and instead of 1 cup plain batter as the first layer, make it a cup and a half.