As a child, my experiences with pumpkins were limited. We would go to a local farm, tramp around the field for a while in search of the perfect pumpkin, bring the pumpkin home, cut off the top, scoop out the insides, bake the seeds in the oven, and then carve out our jack-o-lantern. Making pumpkin pie involved scooping out a can rather than using an actual pumpkin. So it wasn’t until this fall that I really became aware of the potential for pumpkins beyond simple jack-o-lanterns or toasted seeds. Making kids aware of the multiple potential uses for common, overlooked things can be a great way to enhance their creativity. So head out to your local farm, buy a pumpkin, and get ready to make some pumpkin food.
While there are a lot of ways you can use pumpkins as serving dishes, this one is particularly unique because you use the pumpkin as the baking dish. Make sure to place the pumpkin in a roasting pan, as it may sag during preparation.
For a spicy treat, try making pumpkin curry. It has tons of vegetables and lots of steps that can involve younger helpers.
Pumpkin pasta may sound initially a little gross. But once you’ve tried it, you’ll wish it was fall all year long. This recipe also has beautiful images that might inspire you to start taking pictures of your own cooking.
What are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes?