The Great Pumpkin

Once again, I was all set to do a newsletter on salmon, but then I realized that Halloween is upon us, and it might be fun to do something a little more seasonal like pumpkins. If like me, you are of a certain age, you watched It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown every year. So, in the spirit of Linus Van Pelt, I’ve picked the pumpkin recipes that are the most sincere, and perhaps you will feel the spirit of the Great Pumpkin rise out of your finished product.

It is very easy to buy and use canned pumpkin, but if you wanted to prepare your own here’s what you do: Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, Cut the whole pumpkin into small pieces. I’ve seen people use a grapefruit spoon to cut away the seeds and pith (the non-meaty part). Put the pumpkin skin side up in a large roasting pan and add a 1/4 inch of water to the bottom of the pan. Bake it until tender, which should take about an hour. After it has cooled, cut away the skin and take a potato masher and mash it, or throw it in a food processor or blender and puree it. Whether you use canned or fresh pumpkin, we hope you’ll be inspired to go beyond pumpkin spice lattes!

Pumpkin Bread

Pumpkin Mushroom Soup

Golden Pumpkin Hi-Lighters

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pumpkin Custard

Hop Pumpkin Rolls

We sincerely hope the Great Pumpkin chooses you this year. Have a fun and safe Halloween.

Enjoy Labor Day with Friends, Family and Food

It’s Labor Day weekend! Where did the summer go? Did you get to do all of the things you wanted to do this summer? How about half of them? These weekly newsletters usually are built around one ingredient. This week, will instead be what I would love to see at a Labor Day cookout. So, call up a bunch of friends, and usher summer out with fun and style. And with any luck, you’ll have some great leftovers to get you through the week!

Cold Strawberry Soup

Tomato Cilantro Salsa

Corn Salsa

Grilled Marinated Vegetables

Roasted Beets on the Grill

Bruschette with Grilled Eggplant

Bar-b-que Marinated Sliced Steak

Lemon and Rosemary Grilled Shrimp

Apple Pie

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Summertime, and the Cooking is Easy

Summertime, and the cooking is easy….There’s something about summer that makes you want to do things in the kitchen or on the grill that don’t take much effort. Yesterday, we had a bunch of family over for lunch, and it was fresh mozzarella and tomato with basil, some fairy eggplant grilled with a little soy sauce, grilled shisito peppers, fresh corn and leftovers from the fridge. It came together fast and easy. And, it was all dishes that didn’t need recipes, just fresh ingredients. However, that got me thinking about having a look at recipes our users had put into Recifoto with “easy” in the title, because sometimes you want to make something a little out of the ordinary, but that’s still easy. Here’s a small sample of what I found.

Super Easy Delicious Zucchini Soup

Quick ‘N Easy No Knead Rolls In Muffin Tins

Easy Cheese-topped Beauty Rolls

Easy Spoon Bread

Easy Swedish Meat Balls

Easy Caesar Dressing

Easy Escalloped Potatos

Easy Rice Casserole

Easy Cabbage

Easy Lemon Chicken

Easy Date Pudding

What are your favorite easy recipes?  Please share them on ReciFoto.

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