Roast Your Own Pumpkin Seeds

IMG_3109As you carve your jack-o-lanterns in preparation for Halloween tomorrow night, be sure to save the pumpkin seeds! Packed with protein, fiber, magnesium, and immunity-building zinc, this tasty snack is easy to prepare and will keep your hands busy and out of the candy bowl.

Though you can season them with just about anything, I like to flavor mine with garlic, onion, and paprika. Enjoy!

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Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted pumpkin seeds.

Tikvenik: A Bulgarian Alternative to Pumpkin Pie

IMG_4817If you’re looking for a tasty and unique alternative to pumpkin pie this season, give tikvenik a try. I fell in love with this Bulgarian pastry during my Peace Corps service, and quickly found myself scheming for invitations to people’s homes so that I could not only eat it, but also learn how to make it.

Most people who know me know that I rarely use recipes and measurements, and tikvenik is no  …Continue reading →

Baking with Fresh Pumpkin: Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies

IMG_3162Today I spent my afternoon experimenting in the kitchen with some of the fresh pumpkin that I cooked yesterday. Wanting to combine the flavors of autumn with a little oatmeal – two of my favorites, I tinkered around with the basic oatmeal raisin cookie recipe on the container of Quaker® Oats and came up with a batch of pumpkin spice cookies drizzled with maple cinnamon glaze.

These light, scone-like cookies are reminiscent of pumpkin pie with a touch of sweet maple on the top. The cookies themselves are not terribly sweet for those who prefer more of a biscuit-like cookie. To make them sweeter, simply add a little extra maple cinnamon glaze.

Give them a try and let me know what you think!

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Pumpkin Spice Cookies

Cooking with Fresh Pumpkin

IMG_3098For many of us, October means pumpkins, and pumpkins mean special treats. I am certainly no exception and usually spend a few weekends each fall making something yummy with pumpkin.

This week, I’ve decided to dedicate each day to a particular pumpkin recipe or two, using fresh pumpkin. Cooking with fresh pumpkin is tedious, but well worth it. As an added bonus, you get to harvest the pumpkin seeds, which make a delicious, protein-filled snack!

Today’s recipe: pumpkin-apple soup

I’d never worked with fresh pumpkin before until I was in the Peace Corps and Libby’s canned pumpkin was nowhere to be found. In fact, it had never even occurred to me to cook a pumpkin until then. There was no shortage of pumpkins at the weekly market …Continue reading →

A New Beginning

I don’t pretend to be different from anyone else, especially when it comes to my love for autumn.

And guess what? It’s October. It’s October! 

Though we all know autumn officially started last week, I’m sure I can get some of you to agree that nothing says autumn more than October. Well, at least here in the northern hemisphere, that is. If M. and I ever get assigned to a post south of the equator, you may find me writing this very same post about April… but I digress.

For most of my life, October has been …Continue reading →