Pumpkin, the fruit of fall.

One of the first things Stephen’s father had to point out to me when I arrived in Kutztown… a very very large pumpkin they had sitting on their front stoop. Apparently it’s called a Cinderella Pumpkin. On the outside, it was a lovely green with pale orange (my pictures don’t do it justice). I believe it weighed somewhere around 60 pounds… and would therefore produce enough pumpkin for everyone in Kutztown to have some pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

Stephen’s mom spent all of Tuesday night cutting the pumpkin into giant viking ship shaped wedges and then into large chunks to broil & steam and then puree. She really labored over this pumpkin in a very impressive way. Seeing as she had too much pumpkin for her to feasibly use in the next couple of yeeears she sent me home packing with two large bags of raw pumpkin squares and one large bag of puree. I was more than happy to take some extra pumpkin off her hands. I have plenty of ideas for delectable looking pumpkin dishes I want to make over the duration of the holiday season.

 

From sweet to savory there are so many amazing looking recipes floating around the web right now that call for pumpkin. Here are just a few of the delicious treats I plan to attempt…

Pumpkin Sage Risotto from The Edible Perspective

Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes from My Little Celebration

Pumpkin Corn Enchiladas from This Can’t Be Vegan

Baked Pumpkin Autumn Maple Doughnuts from Food + Words

Spiced Pumpkin Rolls from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen

Pumpkin Goat Cheese Ravioli from Once Upon a Cutting Board

Vegan Pumpkin Chili from Biscuit Batches

That’s my recipe roundup for PUMPKIN ideas. Don’t they all look amazing?? Please click on the pictures to see the original posts & recipes.

I also really really want to make a goat cheese & pumpkin pizza. Maybe with Kale or Spinach. I can’t decide how to make it. I’m thinking thin crust, slightly spiced pumpkin puree, creamy goat cheese, sautéed greens, and maybe a little pit of mozzarella or parmesan. Maybe even a little bit of fresh sage. Oh the possibilities! A  few months ago when my Aunt Holly, cousin Gabrielle & I went to visit my cousin Rachel in Providence, Rhode Island we had an incredible Pumpkin Pizza from Al Forno and I want to make my own version!

I can’t wait to dive in with the pumpkin recipes! I shall report back!

Love,

Kelley

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