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Easy Pumpkin Pudding

No Comments | Written on November 11, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Many of us are already planning our Thanksgiving menus and I know many of you out there are intimidated by the baking aspect of the holiday season.

No worries!  This Easy Pumpkin Pudding is a festive dessert anyone can make.

Oh, did I mention it is ready in 10 minutes?

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Pumpkin Pie French Toast

No Comments | Written on November 7, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Pumpkin pie for breakfast…how can you go wrong?!

This easy recipe uses pumpkin pie mix to take French toast to a whole new level.

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Boozy Pumpkin Truffles

No Comments | Written on October 30, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Tomorrow’s trick-or-treating is for the kids, but today’s recipe is for a grown-up Halloween party.  These Boozy Pumpkin Truffles have just enough liqueur to make each bite a real treat!

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Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread

No Comments | Written on October 27, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Let’s kick off the week with a flavorful fall breakfast that will knock your socks off!

Don’t worry about snatching up those “limited edition” holiday flavors of cream cheese in the grocery store.  It’s easy to make your own homemade pumpkin cream cheese spread.  I enjoy a hearty schmear on top of a warm bagel on a cool autumn morning like today.

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Sriracha Spiced Pumpkin Seeds

No Comments | Written on October 10, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Ready to start carving pumpkins?  Whatever you do, don’t throw away those seeds!  Roasted pumpkin seeds are one of the greatest October treats.

Today I decided to spice things up a bit and make my pumpkin seed snack with a bit of sriracha.

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10 Recipes with Pumpkin

No Comments | Written on October 9, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Today we have for you 10 uniquely delicious ways to use the star of the season – Pumpkin!  There are desserts, but there is also a stellar recipe for chili, breakfast ideas and even a pumpkin pizza.

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Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Brownies

No Comments | Written on September 16, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Yesterday’s two-ingredient Sparkling Apple Cider Cake was so popular, I decided to post another super easy two-ingredient dessert!

All you need to create moist, fudge brownies is a box of brownie mix and canned pumpkin.  Check it out!

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Pumpkin Spice Granola

No Comments | Written on September 8, 2014 at 5:00 am , by

Even though the weather man disagrees, the culinary world has decided fall is here!

If you want your entire kitchen to be filled with this sweet and spicy aromas of fall, I suggest you make homemade granola.   Not only will you be convinced that autumn is right around the corner, but you will have a delightful treat for breakfast!

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Pumpkin Contest Winner – Fireside Pumpkin Soup

9 Comments | Written on November 2, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

With the East coast blanketed in snow, this winning recipe has a very appropriate title:  “Fireside Pumpkin Soup.”  I imagine sitting by a crackling fire, enjoying spoonfuls of this slightly sweet and subtly spicy soup.  Not only does the soup use pumpkin puree, it is also topped with a “Spiced Pepita Gremolata.”    Pepitas are the green hulled kernels of a pumpkin seed, and a gremolata is a condiment with citrus zest and garlic.  This is one of those recipes where every component works together and compliments each other perfectly.  Check out Veronica’s winning dish and learn more about this accomplished cook!

Creamy spiced pumpkin soup is accented with a bright citrus gremolata. This fall favorite warms us to the core on cool New England autumn nights.

FIRESIDE PUMPKIN SOUP WITH SPICED PEPITA GREMOLATA  (click here to view and print recipe)

Spiced Pepita Gremolata:

1/2 cup  Pepitas

1 Tbsp  Finely Chopped Lemon Zest

1 Tbsp  Finely Chopped Orange Zest

1/8 tsp  Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp  Kosher Salt

1 clove  Garlic, minced


1 Tbsp  Butter

2   Shallots, peeled and diced

1  Carrot, peeled and diced

1  (15 Oz) Can Pureed Pumpkin

1 tsp  Freshly Grated Ginger

1/8 tsp  Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp  Salt

1/2 tsp  Pumpkin Pie Spice

1 Tbsp  Honey

2 cups   Vegetable Broth

1/2 cup  Half-and-half

1. To prepare the gremolata, place the pepitas in an even layer in a small nonstick skillet. Cook the pepitas over medium-high heat for 3 or 4 minutes until lightly toasted and fragrant. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon zest, orange zest, cayenne pepper, salt and minced garlic. Transfer gremolata to a small bowl and set aside.

2. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and carrot and cook until tender, stirring frequently, about 4-5 minutes.

3. Add the pumpkin, ginger, cayenne pepper, salt, pumpkin pie spice, honey, and the broth to the shallots. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

4. Transfer mixture to a blender container or a food processor. Puree soup until smooth then return to the saucepan.

5. Bring soup to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the half-and-half and heat until warm.

6. To serve, ladle the soup into serving bowls and top with the gremolata.

Helpful Tips:

Pepitas are the green hulled kernels of pumpkin seeds and can be found in most large supermarkets–look for the unsalted variety. If you are unable to locate them, you may substitute sunflower seeds or even chopped pecans or walnuts.

Congratulations Veronica!  How did you come up with your winning recipe? 

My family loves soups so I am always creating interesting soups for everyone to try-I created this recipe for Thanksgiving last year.

What inspired you to enter the Better Recipes weekly contest again?

I love the Better Recipes weekly contest! I like when my recipe is selected but it is also a great resource for other people’s delicious recipes that I can make for my family.

Why do you think your recipe stood out to the judges?

Maybe it is because I used pumpkin in two ways, the puree as well as the use of pepitas for the gremolata.

Do you have any plans for the prize money?  Any plans if you should win the grand prize?

Well after getting a foot of snow the Saturday before Halloween I am thinking it is a bad omen for New England snow this winter so I think I would like to invest in a snow blower!

I hope it isn’t a bad omen, but it sounds like a snow blower might be a good investment!  Thanks again Veronica! 

Don’t forget, our recipe contest theme this week is “Maple.”  Click here to submit your recipes from now through Saturday at midnight!  Good luck everyone!

How to Make Pumpkin Puree

4 Comments | Written on October 13, 2011 at 5:00 am , by

Have you ever looked at these seasonal gourds and wondered, “How do they get that in the can?”  In fact, it is quite easy to make your own homemade pumpkin puree!

I will be demonstrating these techniques today on “Daytime TV!”  Check your local listings to see if this syndicated show airs in your area.  (Click here for a complete list)  I’ll be sure to wave to all the Better Recipes readers on camera! 

You won’t believe how easy it is to make your own fresh pumpkin puree and use it in delicious recipes that everyone will love.  Pumpkins can be turned into soups, casseroles, side dishes, breads, cakes, cookies, pies, and preserves.  In addition to its wonderful flavor, pumpkin brings a host of nutrients to the table, particularly Vitamin C, beta-carotene, and potassium.

Start with small pumpkins, about 2-3 pounds.  The smaller pumpkins are not only easier to handle, they are sweeter in taste.  First, wash the pumpkins over running water and pat dry with a clean dish towel or paper towel.  Next, cut the pumpkin into large chunks and scoop out all the seeds (save them for roasting!) and stringy bits. Now you are ready!

Here are some easy options on how to cook the pumpkins chunks.  Use whatever method is best for you.

1)  Microwave:  Place pumpkin chunks, skin side up, in a glass baking dish.  Add 1/4 inch of water and cover pan with plastic wrap or wax paper, and vent.  Microwave on HIGH for about 10 minutes (or about 5 minutes per pound) until pumpkin is tender.

2)  Oven-Roasting:  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place pumpkin chunks, skin side up, in a glass baking dish.  Add 1/4 inch of water and bake, uncovered, for 45-60 minutes (depending on chunk sizes) until flesh is tender, checking occasionally to add more water, if needed.

3)  Slow Cooker:  Place pumpkin chunks, skin side down, in slow cooker.  Cook on low for 3 to 3-1/2 hours or until pumpkin is tender.

4)  Steaming:  Heat water to boiling in a saucepan that fits a steamer.  Place pumpkin chunks in steamer container and place over pan.  Reduce heat to medium and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.

For all methods after pumpkin is cooked, scoop out pulp and discard skin.

Pulp can be pureed in a blender or food processor, or stirred by hand until smooth, or you can keep it chunky, if desired.

Pulp keeps in the refrigerator for a week or it can also be frozen in airtight containers for 6 months.  A 2-3 pound pumpkin will make about 2-1/2 cups of puree.

We wouldn’t want anything to go to waste, time to cook up the seeds!

To make roasted pumpkin seeds, place seeds in a colander and rinse.  Pick out all pieces of pulp.  Place seeds on a baking sheet and pat dry.  Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Drizzle a little vegetable oil over seeds and sprinkle with some salt and toss.  Bake for 10 minutes, stir, and return to oven.  Bake another 10-15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes until golden and crispy.

If you would like a complete “How-To Cook Pumpkin Seeds” with step-by-step instructions visit this page:  http://halloween.betterrecipes.com/how-to-cook-pumpkin-seeds.html