Sunday, October 29, 2006
Around our house October and November means lots of pumpkins, big fat orange ones, and dainty, and not so dainty, white ones, fat, skinny, perfect and totally warped ones. I never ever have enough pumpkins to satisfy my never-ending use for them. Of course the pumpkin isn't the only autumn fruit/vegetable that is worthy of attention in the colorful scheme of this most loved part of the year.
Gourds, corn stalks, and the different array of apples, from green to yellow to red and a combination of all the previous mentioned colors, it really is the most colorful season.
We enjoy using the colorful selection as an inviting grouping on the front porch, a lovely selection of pumpkins on the farm table in the dining room is very fitting.
A few scattered around the gardens provide a little touch of color to a somewhat fading look by this time of year.
And...of course we must not forget the Jack-O-Lantern.
What would October be without that special face sitting by the door greeting everyone who passes by or comes to call.
One of my very favorite uses for the pumpkin is in the kitchen of course.
For the family meal at Thanksgiving I use a medium size "Sugar Pumpkin"...(best for cooking)as a serving bowl for our favorite stew.
The options are many, just use your imagination for the stew.
Cut the top from a medium size Sugar Pumpkin, scoop out at least half of the pulp/without leaving the shell too thin. Set aside to use in the stew.
In a large deep pan place the pumpkin in boiling water, about 1/3 of the way up on the pumpkin.
Place in a very hot oven and cook until all the water is gone or until the pumpkin is just starting to get soft.(don't overcook)
Remove from oven, let sit for a few minutes to cool slightly.
Sprinkle the inside with salt and pepper or your favorite spices.
Saute' the firm parts of the pumpkin pulp, season according to your other ingredients. Stir all together and add to the pumpkin shell. Put it back in the oven and cook about 20 minutes, just enough to blend the flavors.
Makes a lovely centerpiece for the table and delicious too!
Enjoy this season, however you celebrate it...it is so special.
Sage Hill Farms