Sunday, October 07, 2007

The Great Pumpkin

Last week, I kicked off the Battle of Orange Food Season Two. As you can see, I have added to the collection, putting me well into the ranks of obsessive.

There is now nearly 200 pounds of pumpkins and squash covering the dining room table including a 30-lb. "red warty thing" also known as a bumpy hubbard. I've never considered eating something warty before, but I am trying to figure on the best recipe for that big ugly. Here to help is the Recipe Carnival with their many wonderful recipes for fall's harvest trilogy of orange; Pumpkin, Squash and Sweet Potatoes. Thanks to these folks, we can make orange food for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner!

Shawn Lea reminds me that you can eat more than just the orange insides of the pumpkin with her recipe for Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. She also serves up Pumpkin and Apple Butter. She also has a great list of tips when you find yourself out in the pumpkin patch looking for the Great one.


Bill presents Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes with Roasted Pears posted at Pancake Recipes.

GP presents Thoroughly Thoroughbred posted at InnStyle Montana - Come on Inn! Spiced Pumpkin Waffles.

The Soup Course:
Two pumpkin soup recipes from Wee Wifey at 2 Fat Leaders

Pumpkin Soup by Trinity Prep School

Thai Recipes presents Thai Style Pumpkin Soup posted at Thai Cooking - The Taste of Thailand.

Famous Recipes presents Butternut Squash Soup posted at Famous Recipes.

Side Dishes:
Free Recipes presents Vegetarian Crisp Candied Sweet Potatoes posted at Free Recipes Online.

Main Course:
My own "covered dish" for this pumpkin potluck, Acorn Squash and Chicken Sausage Cassoulet. You can find seven more recipes that fit this orange fall menu in my recipe index.

Five pumpkin desserts - maple pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin dip for cookies, pumpkin roll out cookies, pumpkin torte, pumpkin pecan pie all from wee wifey at 2 Fat Leaders

Christmas Recipes presents Pumpkin-Bourbon Pudding posted at Christmas Recipes.

Thelly presents Baby Pumpkin Cheesecakes posted at Chicken Recipes.

Diabetic Recipes presents Diabetic Recipes - Pumpkin Cookies posted at Diabetic Recipes.

Anne-Marie presents Egg free pumpkin cookies and some scary books posted at A Readable Feast.

Anne-Marie presents Weight Watchers pumpkin mousse posted at This Mama Cooks!.

Smarter Dollar presents Famous Recipes: Pumpkin Crunch posted at Famous Recipes.

Mama Squirrel presents Apple Butter Pie...or Pumpkin Butter Pie posted at Dewey's Treehouse.

Thelly presents Fiesta Pumpkin Corn Muffins posted at Chicken Recipes - Recipes for Chicken.

To Drink:
Apple Pumpkin Shake from Bill Austin at World Famous Recipes.

Shawn Lea toasts both pumpkin seeds and us with Pumpkin French 75 (cocktail).

And, if I just can't cook all that pumpkin, some helpful advice:
Stephanie presents Canning & Freezing Pumpkin posted at Stop the Ride!.

Still need ideas? Shawn Lea sends us all a great link with 24 more pumpkin recipes!
Not a fan of orange food? A few tips and recipes for you:
Steve Bainbridge presents Wine & Food | Professor Bainbridge posted at Professor Bainbridge on Wine.

Kathee presents Italian-style Sausage-Bean Soup posted at Slow Cooker Recipes.

Victor Franqui presents BARBECUED LAMB ON SKEWERS at posted at

Jessie presents Breakfast posted at Hunna's Happenings.

DeputyHeadmistress presents Almond Joy Cake posted at The Common Room.

Marsha Hudnall presents Healthy Recipe: Roasted Eggplant Parmesan posted at A Weight Lifted.

WorksForMom presents Garden Fresh Salsa Recipe posted at What Works For Us.

Tea Party Girl presents Your Guide to Planning Your Tea Party–Autumn Edition posted at Tea Party Girl.

Jennie W presents Shredded French Dip posted at Jennie's Rambles.

Amy Allen Clark presents Best Homemade Nonstick Spray In the World posted at Amy Allen Clark.

Chief Family Officer presents Homemade Mexican Seasoning posted at CFO: Chief Family Officer.

FitBuff presents 5 Perfect Food Duos: Nutrition Tips You Can Use Now posted at's Total Mind and Body Fitness Blog.

A couple carnival notes:
Nominations are open for the Best Food Blog category in the Wizbang 2007 Weblog Awards
This is the first year that they have had a Food Blog Category. Carnival of the Recipes members are invited to go and nominate their own blogs and whoever else (how about me? or Shawn Lea?) they think is deserving of at least a nomination. You can nominate by commenting here.

Next week's carnival will be hosted by Wee Wifey. The theme is "Cereal Killers," your best recipes for hot and brunch breakfast foods. You can find out more about past and future Recipe Carnival's at Shawn Lea's blog, "Everything and Nothing."


jen said...

you are out of control in the best possible way.

and you'll be proud of me - i roasted acorn squash today for the very first time.

The Expatriate Chef said...

I am completely nuts on this. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No retail pressure, it's just about being grateful and eating together as family. It's the best holiday.

The Expatriate Chef said...

Congrats on the acorn!

info said...

Hey Shawn,

Thanks for including our article. I just Dugg and Stumbled your carnival, hope it helps!

Chief Family Officer said...

Thanks for hosting! Wow, that's a lot of squash!

Karen_thrifty said...

Sorry I'm late. Here's mine:

Thanks for hosting! :)

Chef Tom said...

Soo much pumpkin! I recently posted A Pumpkin Custard recipe on my blog:

kale for sale said...

You made my day! My husband is going to be so happy to see that someone else has more squash than I do. He was getting worried. Thank you.

The Expatriate Chef said...

Glad to know I rank so well in the obsessive squash lover bracket. I was actually thinking I missed a few kinds and should look for those today ... sigh.

Used Bucket truck said...

My Wife Makes The Best Pumpkin Cookies Ever :)