The great pumpkin

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.