Easy, healthy, sometimes indulgent recipes

Archive: Nov 2016

Pumpkin Pie

This spicy, delectable pumpkin pie embodies the comfort and warmth of the fall season.

pumpkin pie

What is it about pumpkin pie that is so comforting?  I love baking this pie.  I have a slight obsession with ginger so I really love making the pie extra spicy. Out of all the Holiday pies, pumpkin is always my personal favorite. It is the crown jewel, a reward after an abundant pumpkin season.  For this recipe, I use my homemade pumpkin puree, but that is only if you happen to have it and canned works perfectly.  Also, this year, I am doing a graham cracker crust in place of a traditional crust. I have found that graham cracker crust stands up better to the pumpkin filling and it does not get soggy.  It is important to pre-bake the crust and then bake everything again with the filling.  This really is super easy and it comes together in minutes and it bakes for about an hour. It can be made a day ahead and refrigerated or made the day of the Holiday.

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Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Homemade pumpkin puree is yet another pumpkin recipe that I am about to send your way.  I am in a heavy “use the pumpkins before they are ruined” mode.  Now that the pumpkin seeds are done, it is time to move on to the actual pumpkin. Making home made pumpkin puree is surprisingly easy, though it does take some time. 

pumpkin puree

Homemade puree is slightly sweeter than canned and of course, it is hard to beat fresh over canned, but it is hard to beat the convenience of canned. In many cases, I use canned and do this when I have an overload of pumpkins.

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Foolproof Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a perfect reward that comes from an overabundance of fall pumpkins.

pumpkin seeds

It is the same story every year. I buy way too many pumpkins, little ones, big ones, medium ones, it is a pumpkin overload. In addition, there are always multiple pumpkin patch family trips that yield even more pumpkins. I am in the process of baking the pumpkins that are still good, but seeds came first. Pumpkin seeds are my favorite snack. It takes some effort to get the seeds cleaned out and separated, but it is sooooo worth it.  I am doing my basic recipe, with just oil and sea salt, but these can be made with any seasonings. Feeling the pumpkin flavor? Mix the seeds with some sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Interested in a little bit of a bolder spicier flavor?  Mix the seeds with cumin, salt and a touch of chipotle powder.

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