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You may already know this, because I think I have said it a few times now (and it’s only October 1st), that fall is my FAVORITE!  And we all know that pumpkins are synonymous with fall, so it would make sense that I would love all things pumpkin.  I usually buy canned pumpkin by the case and store it up for all my pumpkin recipes for fall and winter.  Then, I buy a bunch of pumpkins, great and small, and decorate my house with them.  Canned pumpkin in the cabinet, fresh pumpkin in the living room.  Weird.  So last year I decided to be super domesticated and cook a few of those pumpkins up and see what it would be like to make my own, or pies and all.  Turns out it was super easy.  It’s literally just a matter of placing the cut pumpkins, flesh side down, on a cookie sheet and baking them till they’re golden and soft.  About 45 minutes.  It’s amazing what happens with a little heat.  The pumpkin steams and gets really orange and soft and lovely.  You’ll have to cool the halves on the counter for a few minutes before gently scooping the orange yummy flesh out into your food processor or food mill.  Then it’s just a matter of flipping the switch and letting the blade do the work for, oh, about 30 seconds or so.  Just until the pumpkin has been rendered into a silky, creamy, lush consistency.  You’ll know when that is.  I like to freeze it in 1 cup batches, in Ziplocks, or in this case I put it in a jar to use within the week.

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Cook them at 350 for about 45 minutes.
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Cooking Pumpkin

3 thoughts on “Cooking Pumpkin

  • October 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm
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    Gorgeous is the word to describe this article. I’d be glad to sample some of those pumpkin recipes; especially the bundt cake with maple frosting!

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  • October 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm
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    We both LOVE pumpkin too! I’m sure there are many healthy dishes that can be made with it 🙂 I just don’t know many, lol… Do you?

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