Sunday, October 26, 2008

Pumpkin Mania

This time of year in New England is wonderful. Leaves are turning, the air is crisp and people go insane for anything with pumpkin in it that they can get their hands on. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin spice cupcakes, soup, lattes, you name it. And of course we're obsessed with carving them too - hollowing them out old-school style or etching them new school which is a lot less messy and makes your work of art last a lot longer too. is based in Massachusetts and they have embraced this wonderful time of year with a variety of recipes and techniques you should check out:

Pumpkin Carving Intro & Advanced - which are actually demonstrations of etching, a cool technique shown by Carver and Chef Chris Gould. You'll be amazed at one you can do with just a simple paring knife.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes - can there be anything better? Seriously. Watch the video, bake them, eat them, be a hero with your friends and family. Enough said.

Calabash Squash Soup - I know it's not pumpkin but close enough. This soup will warm your soul - with carmelized onions, crispy fried sage and lots of squash goodness.

So get thee to a farm or your favorite grocery store and get going on those pumpkins. Tis the season! Cheers!!