At this time of year, formerly barren lots on even the busiest city streets are transformed into pumpkin patches.
Local farmers’ markets display a bevy of gourds, and kids go into hyperdrive as they suit up to turn their carefully selected finds into jack-o’-lanterns.
Pumpkin carving is much like driving: safety first. Thankfully, alternatives to serial killer-style kitchen knives are available at supermarkets, party stores and organic food stores. The Pumpkin Masters Carving Kit, for example, includes five tools and 14 patterns. The company also offers a children’s version.
As I’ve admitted in the past, I usually opt to cook with canned organic pumpkin puree—in particular, Farmers Market Organic Pumpkin. It’s a hassle-free base for Early-Morning Pumpkin Maple Oatmeal, Pumpkin Curry Soup, Roasted Pumpkin Soup, Pumpkin Bisque and Pumpkin Five-Spice Butter.
Tune in tomorrow for a new recipe: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds. In the meantime, check out some of my past posts:
- Pumpkin Power
- Organic Halloween Cuisine
- Think Orange!
- Attention, Pumpkin Carvers: Pulp Clogs Plumbing
- Carve Your Halloween Pumpkin Safely
- The Halloween Candy Conundrum
- Go Wild for Halloween!
- Healthy Holiday Baking
- Ghostly Meat Loaves
- You’re Never Too Old for Halloween
- Why Dogs—and Small Children—May Hate Halloween
- A Halloween Environmental Tale