A Defense of Pumpkin Flavored Foods

Fall is upon us. This means the store shelves and restaurant menus and my belly are filled with delicious things flavored with pumpkin. Delicious, delicious pumpkin. Read More A Defense of Pumpkin Flavored Foods

Favorite Fall Foods

The reason I want to write broadly about fall foods, apart from the little thrill an alliterative title gives me, is because today was the first really chilly day of the year and I hated it and I need a reason to enjoy this ridiculously cold season. So here’s an ode to fall foods, the rich bits of savory and sweet goodness that make sweater weather something other than an endless hell of frost and red, wind-burned ears. Read More Favorite Fall Foods

Other Uses for Cake Mix

I love Adding Spices to Boring Things by our own Hattie McDoogal. I add things all the time, spices that I know will make the food taste like I want. Lately, I have even started to tweak recipes. To adjust them to my taste, or my family’s, or even to “make them better” in my opinion. Many times I use the cake mix as an ingredient instead of the finished product. Read More Other Uses for Cake Mix

Crosspost: Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Custard!

The other day, my mother ended up having to rush out to pick people up and wasn’t going to be able to put together her pumpkin stuff. Looking for something to do, I spied the canned pumpkin. Now, I’ve never made pumpkin pie before. But knowing that those cans of potential deliciousness might go back into the cupboard? I knew I had to do something! Read More Crosspost: Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Custard!

Morbid Curiosity: Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Is everyone sick of pumpkin-filled things yet? I think it’s some sort of North American rule that we need to consume pumpkin baked goods from Canadian Thanksgiving until American Thanksgiving. Even if that isn’t the official rule, it seems to me the accepted, unspoken rule. Read More Morbid Curiosity: Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

The Pumpkin Lottery

The other day, as I was sitting in a seminar, I realized that there was something new in the air. I took a whiff. Was it hope? No, it was definitely not as good as hope. Was it Fall? No, it definitely wasn’t as utterly soul-crushingly miserable as the season that heralds with pathetically flashy displays of leaf color and gourds the impending death and darkness of winter. No, it was just pumpkin spice coffee ““ and I realized that for the foreseeable future, pumpkin would be everywhere. Read More The Pumpkin Lottery

Morbid Curiosity: Pumpkin Soufflé

It feels like fall in earnest now. The crisp cool air. The wooly sweaters. The leaves changing colors on the branches. It’s like the J. Crew catalog! But to anyone who will listen, this is also a season that calls out a challenge. It says: PUT PUMPKIN IN EVERYTHING! Well, Fall, I’m calling your bluff. Read More Morbid Curiosity: Pumpkin Soufflé