Friday, October 22, 2010

It's Pumpkin Time!

My daughter and I went to the locally famous Pumpkin Patch a few days ago. You can see what we bought on the hay bale in the foreground. It was hard to stop there... but what do you do with so many pumpkins after they've decorated the house and yard??

As if I ever had a problem with them! I love pumpkin seeds and pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins and pumpkin bread and pumpkin soup and pumpkin... well, just about anything pumpkin.

Here's a post I made a couple of years ago on that subject:
It's almost pumpkin time again

And one from last year:
Fresh pumpkin soup

And a post about canned pumpkin this spring (I do like pumpkin!)
Shortage of canned pumpkin?

AND... here's an article I wrote explaining just how to choose the right pumpkin so you can use it for eating, too:
Have Your Halloween Jack O'Lantern and Eat It, Too! 

Happy Pumpkin Eating! :) 


  1. I liked your article about having your jack o'lantern and eating it too.
    I don't generally carve faces into my pumpkins. Maybe it's because I don't trust the pumpkin flesh to be safe once it's been exposed to the air for that many days, or maybe it's because I despise all aspects of Halloween. (Yes, I'm the stingy neighbor who turns off all the lights, brings in the dog, and pretends not to be home when trick-or-treaters ring my doorbell...) I just generally leave my pumpkin "as is" or I'll draw a face on it with permanent marker.

  2. I don't do Halloween, either. The "Casting Out Spirits" article on the sidebar explains why.
    My pumpkins sit unmarked by either knife or pen - I like the way they look untouched, but for those who do carve them, there's no need to waste them! :)

  3. I have read your "Casting out Spirits" article and thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks for the good read!

  4. Hi Pat:
    I have always bought canned pumpkin, just because I have no experience cutting, baking, and mashing my own. I know it would be cheaper, and probably taste better, so I think I am going to buy one this year. Thanks for the tutorial on how to go about it. I just wanted to clarify something. Is a cup of pumpkin really 16 oz (not 8)? If this was a typo, I am not trying to give you a hard time. I just want to make sure I use the right amount in recipes. I know that some things weigh more than 8 oz per cup, but pumpkin doesn't seem like one of them.
    Thanks so much! Lisa G

  5. Yep, you're right; it was a typo. I don't know if I can get them to change it, but I'll try. Anyway, measure by the cup and not the weight and you'll come out all right. It's been so long since I've used canned pumpkin that I'm not sure what size it comes in, but if it's 16 ounces, then two cups of fresh pumpkin will do it.

  6. I have been trying to post here but have had trouble, so trying again. I posted about my styrian pumpkin awhile back and Pat asked if they were big. Yes, they are huge vines, but For next year I ordered a smaller version from Salt Springs Seeds so will try that one too.

  7. Looks like you made it that time, martie! Thanks for the update on those pumpkins!