Bumper Crop

"There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." -Linus van Pelt

My house has pumpkinitis.

We had some deep freezing here in the Northeast over the past week, as well as a boat-load of snow.  I scrambled to bring my pumpkins in so that they wouldn’t turn into pumpkin-puddles.  My home is now tastefully(!) appointed with pumpkins,  accessorizing every surface.

I’ve made delicious recipes such as pumpkin cranberry chocolate chip cookies(a big hit with my choir), fabulous pumpkin bisques, a heady, raised pumpkin loaf, 2-slice pumpkin pie(you couldn’t eat just one slice!), quick breads, creamy macaroni and cheese and have added it to chicken pot pie.  I’m very happy cooking with pumpkin and look forward to having it all winter long.  My favorite way to put it up is to scoop out the seeds of the halves, then quarter them and roast.  I scoop the baked insides out and puree them, then store the golden goodness in freezer bags.  For recipes that call for pieces, it means just cutting the baked pumpkin into chunks, bagging and then freezing.  Easy-peasey!

Today I had set out to make Char & I mango smoothies when she got home from school, but my mangos on the counter were bad.  Don’t you hate that?  Then I recollected that I had thrown some whole mangos into the freezer to try a skinning technique I’d read about.  You’re supposed to just be able to slip them, more or less, out of their skins after applying a little heat(hot water).  It sort of worked, but hacking up a frozen mango is not as easy and I worried about losing a finger.  I knew I had frozen peaches in the downstairs freezer and so I fetched them.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that and:


Presenting my Pumpkin Peach Smoothie ingredients list, which you, too, can whirl up into your own delicious treat:

1 cup Greek Gods Greek Style Vanilla Honey Yogurt

1 cup Cascadian Farms Organic frozen peach slices

1 cup Santa Cruz Organic Apricot Mango juice

1 generous cup of fresh baked, pureed pumpkin

Pumpkin Peach Smoothie

3 responses to “Bumper Crop

  1. Thanks for another idea to use our pumpkins from this last year, I planted both carvers as well as baking pumpkins, so we have quite a bit, nothing like yours though. unlike you we have been unseasonably warm this fall, nice for most everyone except those of us that like to deer hunt,

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