Believe it or not, a month after the first frost, our CSA is still delivering weekly boxes of amazing veggies. In the last month we've gotten lots of squash and pumpkins. This weekend, the start of fall "break," I had a chance to catch up on five loads of laundry, cleaned my house, and decided I'd better start taking care of these pumpkins. We have three huge ones, one small one, and Dave already used a different one to make a pumpkin stout that will premier on Turkey Day.
|The pumpkin stout went CRAZY and Dave had to improvise with an external air lock. Don't mind the orange wall and the red chair. (Yes, we have a room that is orange, and we put a red chair in it, it kind of looks like a throne. Hey, we rent!)|
|I spooned out the baked pumpkin and pureed it in my kitchen aid food processor. Don't be fooled, that jar is twice as big as a regular canning jar and holds 8, yes 8 cups of puree.|
What's a girl going to do with all of this pumpkin puree? My good friend already claimed pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving (she also belongs to a CSA and has the same problem). It was time to get creative. I made pumpkin fudge, and due to a massive failure of an ingredient substitute (canola buttery spread instead of butter-- hey, we were out!), I now have a huge amount of really thick candy-like jelly that might have to become a topping of some sort. Try it yourself, the recipe is here.
Luckily, I've had a few other great suggestions. I just bought some gluten free gingersnaps to try pumpkin cheesecake squares. Best of all, though, one of my friends that dates all the way back to grade school loves loves loves pumpkin everything! She just blogged about Pumpkin Risotto. I whipped some up tonight and ate the whole thing (well, I cut the recipe down to 1 serving). Savory pumpkin puree might be the way to go. This was like thanksgiving in my mouth and I am so thankful that Alisa shared this recipe with the world. Try it!
- whipped cream cheese mashed potatoes and gluten free gravy (found some new gravy packets at Sprouts that are great!)
- green bean casserole (click on this for my gluten free recipe)
- stuffing-- just enough for me and leftovers (click on this for my gluten free recipe)-- I just made my croutons for this recipe tonight!
- Dave is making candied yams with gluten free flour and corn starch and marshmallows, yum!
- We're also bringing Dave's pumpkin stout and some of my home made mead (honey wine)