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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Today, Sunday, October 12th, my Son David and I went to the Thousand Oaks Food Festival. This was put on by the ‘Music Dept. Booster Club of Westlake High School. It was held at the North End of Conejo Creek Park adjacent to the Library, Teen and Senior Centers. This was the first Food Truck Festival that we had ever attended even though we have purchased and eaten food from numerous Food Trucks that frequent the Southern California area.
As festivals go, this was not really a large gathering of trucks but there was a decent variety. Among the trucks that participated were two Asian/Fusion, one Italian, one Hamburger, one Lobster Roll, a Grilled Cheese Truck (which had some really interesting sandwiches) and one Barbecue. There was also Ice Cream, Gelato, Italian Ice and Beverage Vendors. We tried the Lobster Quesadilla from one of the Asian Vendors and from the second one we had Deep Fried Shrimp Balls (these were chopped Shrimp which were Breaded and then Deep Fried) and a Breakfast Bao which contained Sausage and an Egg among other things. Of the two trucks we enjoyed the Lobster Quesadilla more than the Shrimp Balls and Bao. The Quesadill was a little on the spicy side but not too much so.
We had bottled Raspberry Lemonade from the first Vendor and Vietnamese Coffee from the second Vendor. Finally at the end we had Gelato to cool down the spice from the food. The Gelato that we tried was Salty Caramel which was actually Salty Caramel ribbons in Vanilla Gelato.
One of the drawbacks was that there was no planned seating area for people to sit down and eat – whether this was an omission on the part of the planning committee or a ruling of the park we don’t know. Some people sat on the grass, some were smart enough to bring their own chairs and tables but we ended up sitting on a couple of the large rocks (cave-man style) that were part of the landscape.
In the Park Area there were plenty of table and benches but these were not convenient to the Food Trucks. The Westlake High Band was performing throughout the day and there free massages, Pet Adoption, and other booths that rouonded out the event.
It was fun and interesting and worth at least one try. We don’t think we would go to another Food Festival though unless the trucks changed their format and sold small bites so that one could taste more variety. That being said we do like most of the food from the Food Trucks in that the food is not ordinary and really whets the taste buds.
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October is ‘National Apple Month and what better time to talk about, eat and use Apples in Desserts, Snacks and Meals. Here is an Alphabetical list of some of the Apples available. There are so many, it is almost impossible to be able to keep track of them all. We all have our favorites but it may be fun to try a new one or two. Keep on eye for some of the ones listed below. There is at least one for every letter of the Alphabet except for the letter ‘X’. If anyone knows of an Apple beginning with an ‘X’, please let me know. At the end of this list are links to Apple Recipes in this Blog.
- A Ambrosia, Anna Apple
- B Beverly Hills, Burgundy
- C Crab Apples, Cameo, Captain Kidd, Candy Crisp
- D Delicious, Dawn, Davey, Dayton
- E Epicure
- F Fuji
- G Granny Smith, Gravenstein, Golden Delicious, Gala
- H Hayes, Hampshire, Hawaii
- I Irish Peach, Idared
- J jonathan, Jonagold, Jester, John, Jonadel
- K Kary, Kent, Katya, Keepsake
- L Lady, Liberty, Limelight
- M McIntosh, Maiden’s Blush, Macon
- N Nectar, Niagra, Norfolk
- O Oliver, Opal, Ontario
- P Pippin, Pink Lady, Pacific Rose, Pacific Beauty
- Q Quebec Bell, Queen Cox
- R Razor Russet, Red Delicious, Red Baron
- S Scarlet, Scarlet Surprise, Scarlet O’Hara
- T Taylor, Telstar, Tickled Pink
- W Winesap, Waltz, Wellington
- Y Yates, Yellow Transparent, York Imperial
- Z Zari, Zest
APPLE BREAD – https://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/breads/apple-bread/
APPLE COOKIES - https://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/
CARAMEL APPLES - https://www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/cookies/apple-cookies/
October is ‘National Apple Month’ so I decided to look up and see how many different kinds of Apples there are. Wow, I did not expect to find the number I did – there are literally dozens and maybe hundreds – the only letter in the Alphabet that does not bear the name of an Apple is ”X”. There are numerous kinds of Apples for each and every letter, however most of us are familiar with only a small number of them.
The most common Apples are the Red and Golden Delicious, Gala, Fuji, Pippins and Granny Smith. The best for eating are the Delicious, of course and the Gala and Fuji. The best for baking are Granny Smith and Pippins. The last two are not terribly sweet and have a firm flesh which lends them well to baked goods such as pies and pastries. For cooking and Applesauce the Winesap and Gravensteins are excellent.
My favorite use for Apples is to make Pie and of course, there is nothing as American as ‘Apple Pie’. I also love Apple Turnovers made with Puff Pastry. Puff Pastry is a pain to make but you can purchase frozen Puff Pastry Sheets which work very well. You can also use Pie Crust or even Yeast Dough for your Turnovers Shells.
There are also many other ways in which we can use Apples and so I am going to explore some of them here and reference several really great recipes. The first one is for Apple Bread – what a good way to use up those Apples from your tree or even the ones you bought. You can even use Applesauce. Try the referenced recipe. This recipe makes two to three loaves, depending on the size of the pans you use. You can also make Muffins from the same recipe. If there is too much for your family to consume at one time, these loaves freeze well or you can share them with your friends. www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/breads/apple-bread/
Apple Pie can be made in various ways – there are French Apple Pies with a streusel topping and then there are the traditional ‘American’ type Apple Pies with both a bottom and a top crust. The referenced recipe is for a French Apple Pie which always easy to make because there is only a bottom crust and you don’t have to worry about getting the top crust to fit and look beautiful. www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/baked-goods/pies-pastry/
Apple Turnovers are absolutely my favorite way to go! You can eat them out of hand without utensils; they are good for Breakfasts on the Go or for snacks or Desserts. You can use Puff Pastry or Pie Crust or any of your favorite pastry doughs.
Apple Brown Betty is an old fashioned dish which can also be used for dessert or for Breakfast. There is no Pie Crust to worry about, just a cumbly topping. It is fast and easy to make and is great with Vanilla Ice Cream or Whipped Cream on top. www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/deserts/apple-brown-betty/
Caramel Apples are one of my favorite ways to eat Apples. I love Apples and I love Caramel and nothing goes better together than Apples and Caramel. And since Halloween is this Month what better treat than Caramel Apples to share with the kids. This recipe is simple to make and the Apples are fun to eat. The best Apples to use for Caramel Apples are Granny Smith or Golden Delicious. Pippins are also good, but make sure that they are somewhat ripe or they will be to tart to eat, even with the Caramel. www.sylveeeskitchen.com/recipes/halloween-recipes/caramel-apples/
Remember, October is ‘National Apple Month’ and there is no better time to buy and eat Apples than now. Even better is if you can pick your own, either from your own trees or nearby orchards. Play around and experiment – Apples are a wondrous fruit and don’t forget ‘An Apple A Day Keeps the Doctor Away’. Try a different Apple Recipe for the Month of October – ‘National Apple Month’. And another reason for eating and using them now is that later on, the Apples you buy will all have been in cold storage which makes them mealy and less tasty. So take advantage of ‘National Apple Month.