October 18, 2016 Sarah Lefebvre

Pumpkin EVERYTHING

Pumpkin- the vegetable of autumn. As much as I hate to admit it, I did have a pumpkin spice latte (or three) since Starbucks released this year’s fall flavors. The start of the season is celebrated by pumpkins lining every doorstep. Family and friends gather to pick the perfect pumpkins to display and take hours to scoop out the seeds and carve the perfect face.

So now, what to do with all that leftover pumpkin? I think I can answer that with another question: what brings people together even more than pumpkin carving does? Yes, you guessed it… food! Yes, you can toast the pumpkin seeds easily in the oven to munch on after carving, but the pumpkin itself is a spectacular fall flavor. Pumpkin may seem a bit scary, especially to amateur chefs like myself, but there are many options to make your pumpkin recipe fun easier! You can use your leftover pumpkin pieces to make your own pumpkin puree to use in your recipes, or you can go the easy route and use pre-made goods that are easily found in the grocery store.

Making your own pumpkin puree isn’t as hard as it may seem, just a bit time consuming. A basic recipe for creating pumpkin puree can be found on the Forq app here. If you choose to go store-bought, make sure you know what your recipe is calling for; there is a difference between a can of pure pumpkin and pumpkin pie filling!

Now for the fun part; the pumpkin party. Below are a few pumpkin recipes I am going to try out this fall. These recipes are all submitted by our Forq app users and are available on the app. Directions can be found through the links that will bring you to our app!

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Skinny Pumpkin Muffins

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Creamy Pumpkin Curry with Chicken

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 Double Chocolate Cupcakes with Pumpkin Frosting

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Pumpkin Bisque

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Creamy Pumpkin-Filled Biscuits

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Autumn Leaf Pie Pockets

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