Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pasta Sauce Recipe

12.16.13 by Jackie

We spent a pretty low-key weekend, which is just what we needed after being so busy with holiday activities. I had time to do my favorite activity: cooking! I planned on making a fairly healthy meal of bow tie pasta covered in sauce.

I used fresh pumpkin and boiled it until very soft. I love all kinds of squash, including pumpkin, when they're in season. I almost never use the canned version, even for baking, unless I'm really running out of time. 

For better visual appeal, I added finely-cut French green beans and sprinkled the top of the pasta dish with a little grated Dubliner for extra nuttiness.


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Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Pot Pie Recipe

12.03.13 by Jackie

This "tourte au potiron" (French for "savory pumpkin pie"), is my kind of cold-weather comfort food. And it’s a real hit with the family, especially given the fact that everything is made from scratch.

As with any pie, the two parts that need to be properly executed to have a successful dish are the filling and the crust. The pumpkin filling is flavored with a hint of heat from red chili flakes, a bit of mascarpone cheese and a few cubes of Dubliner cheese for extra nutty saltiness. Perfect flakiness of the crust requires a few key steps. First, use cold diced butter and ice water and knead the dough as little as possible. Second, allow the dough to rest in the refrigerator (or freezer); before filling, lightly brush the bottom of the "tourte" with egg white to seal and "water-proof" the dough. Last, once the pie is folded, sealed and firmly pressed on the edges, brush the top of the pie with an egg wash. Preparing homemade pie crust is literally easy as pie; plus your meal will look rustic and taste delicious. 

My philosophy is to not restrict my diet too much as long as I eat in moderation and work out regularly. An important thought to keep in mind during the holiday season!


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Butterscotch Blondie with Pumpkin Recipe

Butterscotch Blondie with Pumpkin

11.22.13 by Jackie

This Thanksgiving dessert was my sister-in-law Mimi's idea (that's what baby Aria calls her). And even though she's a very athletic teenager this year (Mimi's part of the junior varsity basketball team at her school, which requires two hours of training every day), her guilty pleasure is any kind of sweet treats. She's making a list of the desserts we should be serving next Thursday and she absolutely wants this one to be included. This week, we tested the blondie recipe with a spiced pumpkin puree topping. The only way to incorporate pumpkin was to create a little swirl. 

Baking with kids is so much fun. It's a great way to introduce them to new flavors and educate them about what they eat. And kids love to make and eat the results of their hard work.


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Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Cornbread Recipe

11.07.13 by Jackie

This pumpkin cornbread is so delicious, I promise, once you try it, this will become a staple for your Thanksgiving meal. There are a few key ingredients that make this cornbread sensational: pumpkin of course, buttermilk, brown sugar and semolina. I did use cornmeal but the semolina gives a little oomph to the texture and a nice crunchy outer layer.

You've probably noticed I've been baking a lot these days. The only downside to baking so much is I have all the girls staring at the oven, complaining and asking every minute when it's going to be ready. They end up not being able to focus on their homework because an intoxicating, Thanksgiving smell permeates every single room of our house!


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Pumpkin Waffles: Thanksgiving-themed Breakfast Recipe Recipe

Pumpkin Waffles: Thanksgiving-themed Breakfast Recipe

11.06.13 by Jackie

Waffles are always a hit at breakfast. And dressing them up with pumpkin is a wonderful way to celebrate Thanksgiving. I prepared my usual waffle batter, but this time, I added pumpkin purée, molasses and freshly grated cinnamon and nutmeg. I prepared several batches for tomorrow morning; it will be a great way for the family to start off the day.

In my opinion, a good dusting of powdered sugar and a nice hot cup of chai are all you need to enjoy these waffles. But I've reserved a little surprise for the family: I'll serve the waffles with candied pecans, whipped butter and hot syrup. 


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