The Friday Five: All Things Pumpkin

Friends, I’ve been thinking about pumpkin a lot lately.

It doesn’t help that I pass by multiple Starbucks locations on my way to work and I know that the Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back. I desperately want one, but it’s just not time yet. Sure, it’s been a bit cooler in the mornings, but the crispiness in the air has not yet reached a level which would make a PSL enjoyable. Conditions have to be just right or a PSL is just…meh.

To avoid spoiling the magic of the first PSL of the season, I’ve been distracting myself by compiling recipes for all things pumpkin.

One of the things that I like most about pumpkin is that it works equally well in both sweet and savory recipes. Some things I’m particularly excited about trying out include:

1) Pumpkin Orecchiette with Spinach and Sage (via From Away): For the past couple of years, a Rachael Ray recipe has been our go-to for combining pumpkin and pasta, but I’m looking forward to changing things up with this recipe. Update (10/22/12): We made this for dinner recently and it was delicious! We used regular Italian sausage in it, but next time, I would love to try a chicken/apple variety. I had a ton of leftovers for lunches, too!

2) Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili (Skinnytaste, via We Are Not Martha): Chili is the one thing I know how to cook pretty well, so I like trying out new combinations of ingredients. Update (10/28/12): I finally broke out the Crock Pot that I received as a wedding gift more than two years ago to make this for dinner this past week. It was a hit in our house! It has makes a very subtle pumpkin flavor and a velvety texture. I added a bit more chili, cumin and oregano than called for in the recipe, as well as a bit of cinnamon, to suit my own personal tastes. And, I’m now a huge fan of the slow cooker. It was so easy to throw everything together and just forget about it for eight hours, with the exception of a few stirs and taste tests every so often.

3) Pumpkin Hummus (via Cooking Light): This would be great as a dip or even a spread on a sandwich.

4) Pumpkin Blossom Cookies (via Inspired by Charm): I’m not sure if it’s a good thing for my waistline that Pumpkin Spice Hershey Kisses exist.

5) Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin (Annie’s Eats, via The Girl Who Ate Everything): I also blame Starbucks for my love of cream cheese filled muffins.

What pumpkin-centric recipes are on your “to-make” list so far?



    I will not be making anything specifically (except maybe pumpkin bread?), but I will be indulging in pumpkin beer tonight, WOOHOO!

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