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4 Ways to Use Pumpkins

4 Ways to Use Pumpkins

While we may miss the warmth of the beautiful orange orb in the sky when the chilly winds of fall blow in, at least plenty of other beautiful orange orbs abound: pumpkins! They’re the quintessential fall crop, great for decorating our doorsteps and filling our autumn kitchens with the comforting aroma of pumpkin pie. If you haven’t stopped by a local pumpkin patch yet, now’s the time. When you do, here are four fun things to do with the pumpkins you bring home.

1. Make empanadas with sweet pumpkin filling.

If you don’t do much cooking or baking with pumpkins, you’re missing out. The mild flavor of pumpkin makes a great base for many dishes and complements a variety of spices well. In this article, you’ll learn about three “phunky pumpkin” varieties (save that info for next year!) and find a great recipe for pumpkin empanadas.

2. Carve your best pumpkin ever.

Jack-o’-lanterns are a wonderful fall tradition for many families. Follow these simple pumpkin carving tricks, and you’ll impress even your most menacing trick-or-treaters this year.

3. Make delicious roasted pumpkin seeds.

All that goop you scoop out of your pumpkins while carving doesn’t have to go to the compost pile—those seeds will make a great snack! These pumpkin roasting instructions include great ideas for seasoning blends depending on whether you like your roasted seeds sweet, spicy or zingy.

4. Make “pumpkin people” decorations.

For a Halloween decorating project that requires minimal supplies and provides maximum family fun, make some pumpkin people. They’re the perfect props for a harvest scene on your porch or in your yard.

What are your favorite ways to use pumpkins?

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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6:53AM PDT on Mar 27, 2013

Cheers.

5:39AM PST on Mar 8, 2013

Thanks for the info.

4:39PM PST on Nov 21, 2012

Thank you.

3:54PM PDT on Oct 28, 2012

good ideas

12:31AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012

Thanks!

10:13PM PDT on Oct 20, 2012

Thank you :)

8:10PM PDT on Oct 12, 2012

Thanks

11:03PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Love pumpkins- not the mess.

2:51PM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thanks

5:23AM PDT on Oct 7, 2012

Thank you

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