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A Warm Fire and Fresh Pumpkin

As I write this I am sitting near a fire with fresh pumpkin pie in the kitchen and an almost empty mug of gingerbread latte beside me. It’s pouring rain outside and I am loving every minute of it. THIS is my favorite time of the year. Plans for Thanksgiving are being made, Christmas is right on the horizon (or right in front of your face if your doing any shopping this week) and my kitchen is stocked with yummy ingredients to make my favorite November cold weather treats.

Most of them I’ve discovered on the internet over the last few years and make perfect Thanksgiving day treats or just something to make on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

I adore Pumpkin Pie and make it a number of times through October and into December. I like to buy the extra large cans of pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling, but canned pumpkin). That way one can will usually make a pie and one of these recipes or two of these recipes.

  • Pumpkin Spice Latte (recipe): I’ve given this crock-pot recipe away to a lot of people over the last few years. It’s been a huge hit at every holiday gathering I’ve made it for. I suppose there are latte recipes that don’t take a crock-pot but I love using the crock-pot because the smell hangs in the house so much more. These are fabulous and easy. Also, you can serve the kids just the latte part (without the coffee) and they’ll love it as well.
  • Pumpkin Soup (recipe): Another popular item I’ve served the last couple years during holiday gatherings. I equate it to being somewhat similar in consistency to tomato soup, except pumpkin of course. It can be served with bread or in a mug. In fact there are many variations our there of this soup, and you could pretty much add whatever you want. And keep in mind this is also a great dish to make when your house is down with a cold. It is the ultimate in comfort food.
  • Pumpkin Cookies (recipe): This has become a Halloween traditional snack in my house. Something we offer friends and family as we prepare to go trick or treating.
  • Pumpkin Pie (recipe): This is (in my opinion) the best pumpkin pie recipe hands down, but I do change one very important thing. This recipe calls for ¾ cup of sugar. I actually split that up and make half of that brown sugar.
  • Pumpkin Chili (recipe): This may sound strange, but give it a chance. Consider putting this on the stove or the crock-pot during a Christmas tree decorating get together or a pre Thanksgiving party. Or, as most of the recipes are perfect for, just a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon…

19 Responses to “A Warm Fire and Fresh Pumpkin”

  1. Fern Henley

    When making pumpkin pie I’m going for not a smooth filling but for a sweet base surrounding pieces of pumpkin that retain the gel like texture of 3/4 in pieces of whole pumpkin. Mashing the pumpkin quickly obliterated the delicate structure of pumpkin meat so with a light almost tossing of the well beaten egg, brown sugar, molasses, spices wondra flour, pinch of salt, ( a portion of purreed pumpkin, perhaps,) mixture the chunks of baked (covered while baking) pumpkin are combined and put into a pie crust, placed in the 345 oven on a hot ceramic cooking stone so the bottom will not get soggy, and comes out with a texture that is not even but bits of pumpkin are tasted in bites with juicy pumpkin bits and sweet pix mixture blending nicely in the mouth.

    This is so unlike the goal of most pumpkin pies with their textureless presentation. The stringy parts of the pumpkin meat may be purreed or not. As a child I liked the texture of pumpkin strings and all well baked.

  2. Christina

    Thanks for the recipes. Speaking of pumpkin, I just made an all-over body scrub with brown sugar, cinnamon and canned pumpkin!

  3. sleepyheadedmom

    Pumpkin Chili sounds good. Alot of people automatically think pie when you say pumpkin but I just try to think of it as another squash…and squash is good in chili.

  4. Christina D

    hmmm…I will have have to give the pumpkin chili a chance! It worked for sweet potatoes 🙂

  5. Donna F.

    Everything listed here sounds delicious. My personal favorite is the pumpkin spice latte (with soy milk)!

  6. Tara F

    We are pumpkin lovers as well. I make pumpkin bread and muffins at least 4-6 times during the season and share most all of them with family, friends, neighbors, and newly, our Scout committee. My husband is the only person allowe d to make the pumkin pie at Thanksgiving (for his family). Yes, it's that good.

  7. Daniel Pho

    I just tried the pumpkin spice latte recipe and it is delicious! This is just the relaxing drink I need after a good day of studying for classes!

  8. Jennifer Haile

    Pumpkin Latte is my favorite after dinner treat this time of year. Pumpkin just makes autumn official for me.

  9. Sue C.

    All these recipes sound delicious and there are great health benefits to adding pumpkin to recipes since it's high in Vitamin A and fiber, and low in Fat.


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