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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Boca Food!

I haven’t posted in like a week! I was vacationing in Boca Raton, Florida for a long weekend.

The first morning we got pastries from Bakery of France including Brioche, Croissants, Chocolate Croissants, and some raisin pastry. Everything was delicious but I’m not a huge fan of raisins so that one wasn’t for me.

A picture of the Brioche via a Yelp Reviewer.

We also went to dinner at Seasons 52, which was DELICIOUS. All of their dishes are designed to be less than 475 calories and use seasonal ingredients. Their dinner menu for autumn had a great number of vegetarian dishes and the concept is very inspiring. I ordered the Organic Baby Spinach salad and the Goat Cheese Ravioli then had the Chocolate & Peanut Butter Mousse for dessert. There are no pictures on the website of any of the meals we ate so I’ll just post a picture of the dessert!!

Picture of the miniature desserts via Seasons 52 website.

On Saturday night we had an 8 o’clock dinner reservation at Uncle Tai’s, a very nice & quite tasty Chinese food restaurant. We ordered the Honey Crispy Shrimp, Sliced Fish Hunan Style, and Crispy Beef (which I, of course, did not try), and vegetable fried rice. The Fish was definitely the best. I’m not entirely sure which dish is featured in the picture below but it’s the only picture I found from their site!

Picture via Uncle Tai's Website

A couple more places we went:

Flakowitz Bagel Inn – HUGE breakfast plates. I ordered a 4 egg omelet with broccoli and cheddar cheese. It was ENORMOUS. And it came with breakfast potatoes and a bagel & cream cheese. Talk about enough food to feed a family of 4 (or a small army).

Renzo’s – Italian food. SO GOOD. We ordered a large cheese pizza which was hot & melty and just the way pizza should be. Also ordered some Arancini balls which were yummy yummy yummy. And they came with the best marinara EVAR. Then I got a Veggie Muffaletta sandwich which was the size of my head. I only ate most of half. It had grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, tomatoes, greens, roasted red pepper and mozzarella.

Señor Burrito – Got the spinach enchiladas. They were covered in an amazingly good tomatillo sauce. I love mexican food.