When ripe, the pumpkin can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted. Often, it is made into pie, various kinds of which are a traditional staple of the Canadian and American Thanksgiving holiday. Traditional Thanksgiving Food
Pumpkins are very versatile in their uses for cooking:
"from the fleshy shell, to the seeds, to even the flowers; most parts of the pumpkin are edible. Traditionally, pumpkin is a very popular Halloween and Thanksgiving staples.
"Pumpkin soup is a soup made from a puree of pumpkin. It is made by combining the meat of a blended pumpkin with broth or stock. It can be served hot or cold, and is a popular Thanksgiving dish in the United States. Pumpkin soup was a staple for the prisoners of war in North Vietnamese prison camps during the Vietnam War."
For a Dinner Party; it's fun to serve your pumpkin soup or any flavor of soup in a baked pumpkin bowl. This way you can eat the soup and eat the bowl too. Halloween and Thanksgiving are perfect Holidays to serve pumpkin bowls. And if your birthday is during the fall season, then by all means try pumpkin for your Birthday! The type of pumpkin you need is "small baking pumpkins" from
the grocery store. Buy as many as there will be guests attending your dinner.
Pumpkin pie is a traditional North American sweet dessert usually made in the fall and early winter, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The pumpkin is a symbol of harvest time and featured also at Halloween.
Pumpkin seeds make great snacks if you know how to cook them. They have a nutty flavor that adults and kids love. Purists will want only salt as a seasoning, but if you like lots of flavor, experiment and have fun with seasoning blends. You can use everything from honey to sweeten it up to cayenne pepper to heat it up. You can even top garden salads with roasted pumpkin seeds too!
"Pumpkin Bread is a type of moist quick bread made with pumpkins that can be relatively involved to make, because pumpkin must be cooked and softened before being used to make the bread (using canned pumpkin renders it a simpler dish to prepare). Frequent add-ins include nuts or raisins."
Food Fact: Chili con carne: (in America shortened to chili) is a spicy stew-like dish, the essential ingredients of which are beef, pork, venison, or other mature meat, and chili peppers. Variations, either geographic or by personal preference, include the addition of tomatoes, onions, beans, and other ingredients. • Our Harvest Chili includes pumpkin :)
"A muffin is a type of bread that is baked in small portions. Many forms are somewhat like small cakes or cupcakes in shape, although they usually are not as sweet as cupcakes and generally lack frosting."