Friday, November 30, 2012

And the flavor of the month is . . .

Pumpkin!

This week we've had pumpkin granola, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin soup, pumpkin oatmeal, and yesterday afternoon I popped two loaves of pumpkin bread into the oven.

Remember last month, I bought about 6 (I'm not even sure any more, there have been just so many pumpkins in my kitchen) sugar pie pumpkins at the produce stand, to add to my 5 pumpkins from the garden. And then on Black Friday, making my usual Black Friday rounds, I picked up 10 sugar pie pumpkins, absolutely FREE! I have spent years cultivating my knowledge of all the Black Friday freebies. Our first stop is a multi-purpose store that offers free donuts, coffee and juice. Yes, please! We go, have our free breakfast and watch all the semi-sane people fill their carts with all kinds of stuff they may or may not really need. It's great entertainment! I also pick up socks for the family (always a half price deal on Black Friday at this store) and check around for any outstanding deals on items I've been looking for.

Then right across the street is a nursery/decor store that puts on a fabulous Christmas display each year. In order to transition over to Christmas, they have to unload all their autumn decor, which includes a bunch of squash, pumpkins and corn stalks. Black Friday is the day I cruise by to see if they have any pumpkins out for the taking. And again this year, they had a huge pile of sugar pie pumpkins with a big FREE sign. I took 10. That was about all I really wanted to have to deal with this year.

So, I've been cooking all these pumpkins up, two at a time. Then after baking, I put them in the fridge and the next day bake two more. This way I can run 4 pumpkins through my food processor at a time. Then only have to wash up the machine once for those four. I should be done with the pumpkins in another week. I have frozen several containers of pumpkin puree to use later in winter. I've also have been using it in our everyday meals, as another way to sneak in a vegetable. But the truth is, we love the flavor of pumpkin!

So, the other day I was making muffins when my son came in. He asked what flavor they were. I answered, "pumpkin! Is there any other flavor?" His reply, "well there's turkey." Don't know how well turkey muffins would go over. If I try them, I'll let you know.

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  1. Wow, how nice of them to offer the pumpkins for free, Lili! Sounds like you've been making great use of them too. :)

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    1. Hi Belinda,
      It's one of those local freebies that I really look forward to. And later this winter we'll appreciate all the pumpkin puree in the freezer.

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  2. How great that they offer those pumpkins for free! Pumpkin is delicious in baked goods, and I love making soup from it. I'll saute some garlic and onion in olive oil, add the pumpkin and chicken or vegetable stock (about 4-6 cups depending on the amount of pumpkin used), and then add curry, cumin, and turmeric and let it cook until it gets to the consistency I want (I tend to like thicker soups).

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    1. Hi Pamela,
      that soup sounds yummy! I like the thicker soups, too. I usually add a cubed potato to pumpkin soup to help thicken it.

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  3. I know the nursery of which you speak. I was just there this Tuesday looking for bird themed ornements. Their displays are so pretty. Next year I'll check out the free pumpkins too.

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    1. Hi frugal spinster,
      Don't their displays look especially good this year? Wight's is on my way to/from my daughters' school, so we try to stop in every other week for a peek at everything.

      For the free pumpkins, squash and/or corn stalks, try to swing by there by about 9 AM on Black Friday. I think we were there around 8 or 9 this year, and there were still a lot of pumpkins remaining.

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  4. I love pumpkin bread!

    This Pumpkin Spice Trifle might make a great dessert for a special meal, too.

    http://tartantastesintx.blogspot.com/2012/11/pumpkin-spice-trifle.html

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    1. Hi Shara,
      Oooh! A pumpkin trifle. I'll check out that recipe.
      Thanks for the link!

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  5. I bet you could make a yummy luncheon cheese muffin and add some cooked turkey. And follow it up with pumpkin pie ... or trifle ... or bars for dessert!

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    1. Hi Kris,
      a savory muffin with a bit of turkey might work! It sounds good. If I make some I'll let you know.

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  6. I find washing my food processor a hassle also. I understand you saving the cooked pumpkins up to puree.

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    1. Hi live and learn,
      Most of the parts can go in the dishwasher, but the bowl itself is developing a crack, so I hand wash it -- pain. I try to make my work as simple as I can, given my budget challenges.

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