cooking tips

A pumpkin by any other name is still a pumpkin

Although pumpkins are often used to cook sweet pumpkin pies, this fall we are giving you cooking tips that far exceed this traditional favorite.

Pumpkin Tips
Pumpkin Brownies

A pumpkin in the oven is worth two in a patch

Be prepared to elate your entire home with the sweet smell of these bi-colored brownies. One sniff, one look and many bites later, you’ll see why these brownies have become a fall must-have. With their fall festive, decorative appearance and moist texture, they are sure to get your entire family dashing to the kitchen to enjoy every bite of these intoxicating treats.

Pumpkin Brittle

That’s the way the pumpkin crumbles: pumpkin seed brittle

Since we are on a sweet fix, why not add pumpkin brittle to the mix? The good news is this seasonal sweetie is crunchy and can be easily made up to 1 week in advance. The not-so-good news is you need a candy thermometer, but the salty-sweet mix is well worth the small investment.

Cooking pumpkin is not all about desserts. Add some balance to your fall menu with side dishes and spreads from the patch.

Pumpkin Fries

A pumpkin is always oranger on the other side: oven baked pumpkin fries

If you are looking for true pumpkin flavor without the additives, try making these true-to-taste pumpkin fries. No need to “fry” these fries, simply follow these steps:

  • Peel a small sweet pumpkin
  • Cut it into slices
  • Drizzle the slices with olive oil (in moderation)
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment paper
  • Slide the sheet pan into the oven

Cook until golden brown, dab the excess oil and enjoy with onion dip or a horseradish Dijon dipping sauce.

Pumpkin Butter

If at first you don’t succeed…spread, spread and spread again: spiced pumpkin butter

By now you’ve heard of cookie butter and its endless spreads. An oldie but goodie has re-emerged as a healthier, dairy-free alternative. Made with less than 10 ingredients—all of which you can pronounce—this thick spread can be made in a Dutch oven or crockpot. The best part is it tastes just like your favorite pumpkin pie.

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