Thursday, October 13, 2016

Passion for Pumpkin

by Shanna Hatfield

It's that time of year when my taste buds beg for fall flavors. Nothing makes them quite as happy as pumpkin.
If you think beyond just pumpkin pie, there are so many wonderful recipes out there.

If you are a fan of pumpkin, here are a few more recipe ideas I'm sure our forefathers would have enjoyed!

Is a simple to make recipe with a wonderful pumpkin flavor.

And if that isn’t enough pumpkinfesting for you, try these ideas:
• Make a simple pumpkin soup by adding about four cups of chicken broth to a 28-0unce can of pumpkin. Stir in about 3 ounces of Feta cheese, season with salt and a pinch of nutmeg and enjoy.
• Use canned pumpkin as a thickener. Add it to any type of chili or stew that needs a little thickening.
• Substitute canned pumpkin for half the fat in quick breads. This works well with cinnamon, citrus and chocolate. Or make your tastebuds extra happy and make a loaf of pumpkin bread.
• Add canned pumpkin to half your cheesecake filling. Swirl it into the filling, but don’t mix, before baking to get an awesome design and incredible flavor.
• Mix canned pumpkin into softened ice cream then refreeze for a quick pumpkin dessert. Serve with gingersnaps and a drizzle of caramel sauce.
• Mix a heaping spoonful into grits, top with grated Parmesan cheese and a tiny dollop of butter.
• Mix canned pumpkin with one part apple cider and two parts ginger ale for a fun beverage.
You could also make pumpkin polenta, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin muffins, roasted pumpkin wedges, pumpkin roll or pumpkin seeds.


USA Today Bestselling Author Shanna Hatfield writes character-driven romances with relatable heroes and heroines. Her historical westerns have been described as “reminiscent of the era captured by Bonanza and The Virginian” while her contemporary works have been called “laugh-out-loud funny, and a little heart-pumping sexy without being explicit in any way.”
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  1. These all look amazing! I can take or leave pumpkin as I love chocolate the most, but my son is completely won over to the pumpkin side! So...I love to make pumpkin recipes for him. I recently made pumpkin snickerdoodles--and that was a "win" for him.

  2. I have learned to love Pumpkin soup. Heaven. Thank you for adding to the list. Doris