October brings Pumpkins, Ghosts and Halloween.....but only a pumpkin will nourish you.
Did you know that pumpkin is edible? According to Intervale Farm in Maine these are the best edible pumpkins:
Baby Pam, Long Pie and Winter Luxury are favorites for pies. The
Small Sugar is the traditional, standard pie pumpkin weighing 3-6 pounds.
Snack Jack - For gourmet roasted seeds, this is the best pumpkin. This small pumpkin produces about 3/4 cup of hull-less pumpkin seeds.
Recipe: Mix fresh seeds with olive oil, garlic, and seasonings such as garlic pepper and salt. Bake at 375° for about 30 minutes until the seeds start to pop.
Cazuela Pumpkins are used a lot in South American dishes, from stews to pies but harder to find in New England...perhaps you have them in your area?
Pumpkin is really healthy and nutritios. It is low in saturated fat, and very low in cholesterol and sodium. It is a great source of Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol), Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, as well as Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. One cup of fresh mashed pumpkin contains just 49 calories and 2gs protein. By the way, Butternut Squash is a good stand in for pumpkin.
Great you say. I love pumpkin pie you say. But pie isn’t always good for us, is it? Well, no...but there are lot’s of ways to cook a pumpkin. By the way, My favorite pie is Bobby Flays. Shocker, I know......
Pumpkin blends nicely with sage, thyme, and warm spices - Garam Masala, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. It also goes great with curry and chiles....so get creative! Add peanuts, hazelnuts and coconut too for texture, and added flavor.
1. Chunk pumpkin for a stew, big in South American and African communities. Try a beef and pumpkin stew (can often be vegetarian with beans substituting for the beef)
3. GOOD SOUP
4. Pumpkin makes a great appetizer too.
5. Pasta Pumpkin is Perfect! try tortellini lasagna - or toss some roasted squash with sage, brown butter and some pecorino cheese over your favorite pasta. Add toasted hazelnuts for a little crunch!
Cherish the Fall season. Think Jack O’Lanterns, Ghosts, Goblins, and dinner! In the words of Charlie Brown - It’s The Great Pumpkin! It will be in my kitchen for sure!
Happy Halloween all....