Saturday, November 7, 2009

Fall Feasting

One of my favorite things about fall is cooking fall recipes. And what better way to enjoy fall recipes than to cook with pumpkin! Not canned pumpkin, though! This year I tried my hand at cooking with the pie pumpkins we got at the pumpkin patch, and I will never go back to canned pumpkin! Never cooked pumpkin before? Good's easy, healthy, and so delicious! I recommend using pie pumpkins instead of the big pumpkins you carve into jack-o-lanterns.

1. Cut the top out of your pumpkin, cut the pumpkin in half, and remove the seeds and stringy pulp.
2. Cut the pumpkin into large pieces, about the size of your hand.
3. Lay the pumpkin pieces flesh down in a roasting pan and add 1 inch of water.
4. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour. When the pumpkin is easily pierced with a fork, it is done.
5. After the pumpkin has cooled, peel away the skin.
6. Puree the pumpkin until smooth.

A 5-pound pumpkin will yield 2-3 cups of pumpkin puree. Refrigerate for up to a week, or freeze for up to 6 months.

Here are some favorite pumpkin recipes that we have already enjoyed together this fall.

Pumpkin Surprise

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease a 9x13 baking dish.

2. Combine in a bowl:
       2 cups pumpkin puree (or one 15-ounce can of pumpkin)
       A 12-can unsweetened, evaporated milk
       3. eggs
       1 cup sugar
       4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

3. Mix well and pour into the pan

4. Sprinkle one package dry spice cake mix over the pumpkin

5. Drizzle the top with 3/4cup melted butter

6. (optional) Top with chopped walnuts or pecans

7. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour, or until a knife inserted into the center of the dessert comes out clean.

Pumpkin Pancakes

1. In a bowl, mix together:
       1 1/2 cups milk
       1 cup pumpkin puree
       1 egg
       2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
       2 Tbsp. white vinegar

2. In another bowl, combine and mix well:
       2 cups flour
       1/4 cup brown sugar
       2 tsp. baking powder
       1 tsp. baking soda
       1 tsp. ground allspice
       2 tsp. cinnamon
       1/2 tsp. ground ginger
       1/2 tsp. salt

3. Add flour mixture to pumkin mixture, and stir just enough to combine

4. Cook on a lightly oiled, hot griddle, just as you would cook regular pancakes

5. Serve with real maple syrup and whipped cream

Pumpkin Bread

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9x5 inch loaf pans.
2. In a large bowl, mix together:
       3 cups canned pumpkin puree

       1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
       4 cups white sugar
       6 eggs

3. In a separate bowl, combine:
       4 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

       1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
       1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
       1 1/2 teaspoons salt
       1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
       1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
       1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves

4. Stir into the pumpkin mixture until well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared pans.

5. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour. The top of the loaf should spring back when lightly pressed.

And here's another fall favorite recipe that I must share, even though it does not contain pumpkin. Taya, this one's for you!

Old Fashioned Crock Pot Beef Stew

1. Place 1/4 cup flour in a ziploc bag.

2. Add 1 1/2 pound cubed stew meat, and shake to coat

3. In a large saucepan, heat 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil. Add flour-coated meat, and lightly brown. Place meat in the bottom of a crock pot

4. On top of meat, layer:
       2 1/2 cups cubed potatoes, not peeled
       1 cup frozen, whole kernel corn
       1 cup sliced carrots
       1 cup chopped celery

5. In a bowl, combine:
       6 ounces tomato sauce
       12 ounces water
       12 ounces beef broth
       1 medium onion, cut into thin wedges
       1 tsp. instant beef bouillon granules
       1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
       1 tsp. dried marjoram
       2 tsp. dried oregano
       2 bay leaves
       1 tsp. salt

6. Pour over meat and vegetables

7. Cook on low for 10 hours, or on high for 5 hours, until meat and vegetables are tender


Ross and Taya said...

thanks so much emily! i can't wait to try your redipes. =)

Tammy Warta said...

I always think about how good your cooking was when we visited you in Arkansas - so cozy and comforting.

I made Sam pumpkin pancakes last week - I love fall :)

Christine said...

Oh yum! Thanks for sharing the recipes. The Pumpkin Surprise is sounding really good right about now. = )

Stef said...

YUM!! I'm making the beef stew tomorrow and will go ahead, take your advice and get rid of my canned pumpkin. I'm all about trying to use all natural and the healthier route!

Kristin said...

I think you're right - beef stew is the essence of a cool fall evening!

MaryLynn said...

Thanks Em,I've been looking for a tried & true, simple beef stew for the crockpot! I'm going to try it soon. xo :):)