PUMPKIN SEASON

 Today is Pumpkin Day.  How many ways can you think of to use Pumpkin other than Pie?

There are many and I am going to give you recipes for just a few.  They certainly don’t have to be used today, but remember that Fall and October and November especially are just the right times for the use of Pumpkin.  You can use canned Pumpkin but if you can get hold of ‘Sugar Pie Pumpkins’. they are definitely the best to use for any of your baked goods or savory dishes.

Pumpkin Cornbread is a different and delicious way to make almost everybody’s favorite – try the recipe at     bakrnbread/ed-goods/breads/pumpkin-co

Biscuits are another family favorite and my Pumpkin Yeast Biscuits are just different enough to spark your Thanksgiving Table.  They do take a little longer to make as the Yeast Dough has to raise up but of course you can be doing other things while the dough is raising.  Try them and see how you like them.  Serve them with Honey Butter.  Recipe is at breads/pumpkin-yeast-biscuits/

Pumpkin Ravioli is a tradition in Italy and the first time I heard of it was when my eldest son came back from Italy and told me about the Pumpkin Ravioli that he had when visiting there. If you look for it in Italy you are going to find Ravioli de Zucca. Zucca means squash and since Pumpkin is a form of squash that is what you will look for, hence the name of the recipe. Ravioli de Zucca. Find the recipe at  www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/pasta/ravioli-de-zucca/

Pumpkin Cheesecake makes a delicious dessert for Thanksgiving.  It takes care of the Pumpkin Pie tradition and gives those people who like Cheesecake a little different taste treat.  Easy to make and delicious to eat.  Recipe at /ed-goods/breads/pumpkin-co

Haunted Pumpkin Pasta Salad does not have any Pumpkin in it but it is a fun dish for your kids to help make and to eat.  It makes a great Halloween Supper or Party Dish.  Try it and be sure to use orange Pumpkin Pasta which can usually be found at this time of the year at Cost Plus Stores or other specialty stores. If you can’t find Pumpkin shaped Pasta just follow the directions in the recipe for coloring Wagon Wheel Pasta Orange to represent Jack O’Lanterns. Here is the recipe  /halloween-recipes/haunted-pumpkin-pasta-salad/

Another dish that can be made with Pumpkin is Pumpkin Soup.  As unlikely as it sounds, it is really delicious.  I also love making Pumpkin Bread and Muffins, Pumpkin Cookies and don’t forget that Pumpkin can be cooked as a vegetable as any other squash can be and even cooked in Stews.

Try your hand at Pumpkin Recipes and see what you can come up with.

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