At this time of the month October there are plenty of pumpkin to choose from the patch or grocery store. Pumpkin is a member of the Cucurbita family, large trailing vine with heart-shaped leaves. They are in reality a winter squash.
Pumpkin are high in vitamin A, B, and C, iron, phosphorous and potassium.
About 99 percent of the pumpkins sold in the grocery store are used as as jack-o-lanterns. These large, deep orange color pumpkin is a variety called Connecticut Field are stringy to eat and high water content. They are not good for eating, suitable for carving only.
Smaller size pumpkin called "pie" or sweet varieties have sweeter flesh that is less watery making these the best for eating. I grow this variety in my garden excellent for pies, quick breads, cakes, and muffins.
My favorite sweet pumpkin for eating are winter luxury and New England Pie. Winter luxury will grow 5-7 pounds, it has a unique netted skin, dense and sweet tasting. New England Pie, will grow 4-6 ounds dry, stringless and relatively starchy.
The best temperature range is 50F to 55F with relatively low humidity, storing in high humiditiy will rot the pumpkins, Store away from light in area with good ventilation.
To keep your home grown pumpkins or store-bought, cut them into slice pieces or large chunks and microwaved, boiled, baked in oven or steamed. Puree cooked pumpkin meat, freezes well, and can be kept frozen up to one year. Place one cup portions in ridged freezer containers leaving 1/2 inch of head space, or use freezer bags. With this method I am able to use in recipes until next pumpkin harvesting.
Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe
This recipe is a double treat for pumpkin and chocolate lovers. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread is the perfect autumn treat to bake for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkin chocolate chip bread is easy to make and served warm or cool. This recipe makes two pumpkin breads. You can also bake this recipe in mini loaf pans and give as homade treats to your friends and neighbors or sell at a bake goods sale.
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups sugar
2 cups canned pumpkin
1-1/2 cups canola oil
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
1. Combine the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda in a large bowl.
2. In a different bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil.
3. Stir into dry ingredients. Don't over stir. Stir just until moistened.
4. Fold in the chocolate chips.
5. Pour into two greased loaf pans.
6. Bake at 350Â° for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
7. Cool for 15 minutes before removing from pans and transferring to wire racks.
You can also bake in mini loaf pans and give as homemade treats.
When Thanksgiving day approach, I never fail to bake this easy pumpkin pie. Use canned sweetened milk and home-made or store-bought pie crust, you will have a delicious dessert the whole family will enjoy. If you like, substitute canned for your own cooked pumpkin.
- 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin (about 2 cups)
- 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 ( 9 inch unbaked pie)
- Heat oven to 425F. Wisk pumpkin , sweetened condensed milk, eggs, spices and salt in medium bowl until smooth. Pour into pie crust.
- Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350F, bake an additional 35 to 40 minutes or until knife inserted 1 inch from crust comes out clean. Cool. Garnish as desired.
- Favorite Streusel Topping
- Combine 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1/2 cup flour in medium bowl. Cut in 1/4 cup cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped nuts. After pie has baked 30 minutes at 350F, sprinkle evenly over top. Bake additional 10 minutes.
- Enjoy !
For Delicious Halloween treat......
ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS
Roasted pumpkin seeds, also known as "pepitas" are wonderful nutritious snack !
Cut the pumpkin, scrape the seeds and put thm in colander to rinse. Remove any pulp, strings, (this can be tedious) and dry throughly. Put seeds in a large bowl, add a few drops of olive oil ( I like extra virgin). Spread on cookie sheet line with parchment paper. Roast in the oven at 375F until seeds are golden brown color. Keep an eye on them, and move them around occasionallly to ensure even roasting. Cool completely and store in air tight container.
Halloween Pumpkin Carving Facts
The most prominent Halloween symbol is of course the carved pumpkin with lit candle inside. This is an Iris tradition of carving a lantern, which goes back centuries. This lantern usually carved from a potatoes or turnips. The pumpkin carving was first associated with Halloween in North America, where pumpkin was more readily available, much larger and easier to carve.
Interesting Pumpkin Facts
Pumpkins are grown on six of the seven continents, and they range in size from less than a pound to ower 1000 pounds Pumpkins were once thought to be beneficial for treating snakebites and for removing freckles. They are typically 90% water !
Morton, Illinois USA, is the self proclaimed "Pumpkin Capital of the World" where Nestle USA/Libby will process 2.4 million cases of pumpkin between August and October ! That is amazing.
Pumpkin Spice Cookies
Delicious pumpkin cookies served on Halloween night.
- 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup canned pumpkin puree (from 15 ounce can; do not use pumpkin filling)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon allspice
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup raisins
- Heat oven to 375F. With electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg, pumpkin and vanilla. Sift together flour , baking powder, salt, cinnamon and allspice. Stir into pumpkin mixture. Stir in chopped walnuts and raisins. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a well greased cookie sheet and bake at 375F for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden on edges.
- Enjoy !
Nothing says superstition quite like Halloween night. Here are tales to share with your friends around a crackling camp fire after trick or treat. Don't forget the apple cider it will keep you warm throughout the night.
When bobbing for apples, it is believed that the first person to bite an apple would be the first to marry.
If you ring a bell on Halloween, it will scare evil spritis away.
If on Halloween a candle flame suddenly turns blue. there is a ghost nearby.
A person born on Halloween can see and talk to spirits.
Girls who carry a lamp to a spring of water on this night can see their future husband in the reflection.
If you hear foot steps behind you on this night, don't look back. It may be the dead following you. Turning back could mean that you will very soon join the dead behind you.
In Britain, people believed that the Devil was a nut gatherer. At Halloween, nuts were used as magic charms.
Halloween derives its name from the fact that in the Christian calendar it occurs the day before All Saints or All Hallow's Eve. It was the last night of the old year according to the ancient calendar of the Celts. On that night it was said that the witches, hobgoblins, warlocks, and other eveil spirits walked abroad and devoted themselves to wicked revels. But good fairies, too, according to some folk-lore, made their appearance at this time, but only from the hour of dusk until midnight.
You need white chiffon fabric; medium-weight cotton fabric; cheesecloth, sewing supplies; fabric stiffner; mannequin head in plastic or plastic foam; scrap fabric or towels; paint primer; yellow acrylic paint; paintbrushes.
Sewing: Measure height and width of desired panel. Allowing extra for desired drape, add 1" to width and 4" to length measurements for hems and casing. Cut chiffon fabric to desired panel dimensions. Sew 1/2" double hem along each side edge. Fold 1/2" to wrong side on top and bottom of curtain. Fold 1 1/2" to wrong side again along top and bottom, edges and sew across for casing and hem. Mark placement on panel for masks.
Making Mask: From cotton fabric, cut out an oval shape slightly larger than mannequin's face for each mask. Place mannequin on wrong side of panel where marked for masks. Cover panel where marked for masks. Cover surrounding areas of panel with scrap cloths or towels to keep from staining. Apply fabric stiffener to right side of panel covering mannequin's face. Smooth oval fabric on right side of panel over face and, working from eyes out to sides, apply second coat of fabric sifferner. If necessary, cut slits in fabric to fit around nose or contours of face and fill in empty spaces created with pieces of cheesecloth. Let dry for at least eight hours or until entirely dry. Peel mask from mannequin's face. Mask should hold shape. If it doesn't, add more coats of fabric stiffener. Repeat to make more masks on panel.
Painting: Fit mannequin's face back into mask and paint with primer. Do not paint at eyes or mouth. Tint primer with several drops of yellow paint and paint mask face again to finish.
Source Family Circle magazine, design by Luba Kierkosz
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jojokaya lm on April 09, 2011:
emmaklarkins on October 17, 2010:
Yum, looks delicious! Added to Halloween on Squidoo!
AslanBooks on October 14, 2010:
Pumpkin makes the world go round.
piedromolinero on October 12, 2010:
Pumpkin bread surely sounds delicious. I think I will give it a try, probably then I will change my vote above.
anonymous on October 12, 2010:
Pumpkin chocolate chip bread sounds good! I've had the cookies and was surprised at how good they are. Lensroll to Delicious Pumpkin Recipes
Dizzydebbie on October 11, 2010:
Yummy lens, thumbs up, thanks for adding a sticker of mine.
starstreamdesign on October 11, 2010:
Thanks for including my Halloween kitchen sticker. This recipe looks delish! I will have to try my hand at it. :)