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Thursday, October 15, 2015

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12 Unexpected Pumpkin Uses

It’s finally sort of fall. And I’m loving it as much as little Lucia (last year). 

I’m in the middle of reading Persuasion by Jane Austen (this copy cover is so beautiful and fall-looking), and a few days ago I came across this quote.

Autumn: that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness, that season which had drawn from every poet, worthy of being read, some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” -Jane Austen
It's really that way! Living in Florida and experiencing our fall's isn't all that different from the rest of the year, but this season is so beautiful in colder climates.

One way to display your love for this time of year is to eat, sleep and breathe pumpkin. That’s what I’ve found the world is doing these days. There’s millions of ideas for decorating with them, carving them, cooking them, eating them, drinking them, blending them, etc. But I love it.

Here’s a few odd uses for this most beloved fruit? Vegetable? Decoration? Obsession? Not sure what.
(Links are included for most.) 

Good unexpected uses:

1.       In soup.

2.       As dip. Pumpkin apple dip sounds a little fishy but it's really amazing.

3.       With coffee grounds. When I’m making coffee, sometimes I’ll sprinkle some pumpkin pie spice in with my grounds before they’re blended. It really makes a difference! I tried it with cinnamon once too. But don’t sprinkle more than a few shakes or it’ll be too strong.

4.       In smoothies. Pumpkin puree is the best smoothie ingredient ever, especially along with pumpkin spice creamer and cinnamon.

5.       In french toast.

6.       In donuts. I make these Laura In The Kitchen ones in my mini-donut pan and they're the most adorable and delicious things ever.

Weird/disgusting-sounding/taking-this-pumpkin-enthusiasm-to-an-obsessive-level unexpected uses:

1.       In Macaroni and cheese..? Or with any type of pasta. I also saw some lasagna and stuffed shell pumpkin recipes...

2.       As potato chips.

3.       As a face mask. Just because it tastes good doesn't mean I want to smell like it.

4.       On pizza.

5.       In burgers.

6.       In barbecue sauce and meatloaf. Hmm.

Some just take it too far. 

1 comment :

  1. Aww man, I've had those little pumpkin doughnuts. They are the best! The meatloaf with pumpkin? I'll have to try that.
    Pumpkin dip - tried that recently with apples. It was great.
    Great read!!



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