pumpkin love

Boiled, steamed, baked, or roasted, pumpkins are in important part of American culture.  Our love of the big P has gone way beyond bread, pie, and muffins.  The ribbed orange winter squash we carve faces into around Halloween trends heavily this time of the year.

greeting at the local market's front door

greeting at the TJ’s front door on 6th Ave

As I write this post, I sit in a Starbucks on 6th Avenue, otherwise known as Avenue of the Americas, in Manhattan, across the street from the photo above, sipping a seasonal favorite Pumpkin Spice Latte (topped with whip cream).  It was either that or the Pumpkin Cha.  I managed the discipline to overlook the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin.

an annual starbuck latte flavor

an annual starbuck latte flavor

I didn’t want to get too pumpkin crazy because this morning’s fruit smoothie included a handful of pumpkin seeds.  Yea, ok, so I harbor a little pumpkin love.  It could be that my fondness for pumpkins began as a tike, when my mother made an elaborate Halloween pumpkin costume for me.  I remember the outfit being stuffed full of balled-up newspaper to round out the orange globe that engulfed my body.

pumpkin flavored tea, or as we now call cha

pumpkin flavored tea, or as we now call cha

The day after I arrived in New York this past week, I had a dental appointment.  Actually, it was with a maxillofacial prosthetics specialist.  He had to access the titanium pins he surgically placed in my mouth a few months back, hence he made a small incision in my gum.  I didn’t feel much like chewing that evening, so GV made a pumpkin soup.  She has no idea of my, somewhat, tiny love affair with this ribby, orange squash.

local farmer's market

local farmer’s market

The natural sugars make cooked pumpkin perfect for a unique blend of savory and sweet.  They are, after all, a fruit.  It might not be apparent, but they are 90% water.  The soup was delicious, freshly made, a mix of puree with soft chunks of pumpkin meat mixed with other vegetables.

With a few weekend chore visits to the local markets, it was quickly and overwhelming evident that this vibrantly orange fruit has made front-row presentation in an array of forms, from cakes, bread and pies, to egg nog, beer, and liquor and lots of other stuff in-between.  In their raw, whole form, they are quite comfortable taking center stage.

locally produced pumpkin cordial

locally produced pumpkin cordial

a heartier pumpkin spirit

a heartier pumpkin spirit

I was going to beg off pumpkin consumption yesterday, but last night’s dessert of pumpkin cheesecake with a side of pumpkin ice cream was not something easily passed up.  Strangely, the two pumpkin-laced sweets complimented each other nicely.

Please don’t think you are reading about someone hung up on pumpkins.  It’s probably just a case of seasonal pumpkin love.

beer and pumpkin seem to go together

beer and pumpkin seem to go together

yes, pumpkin whoopie pies

yes, pumpkin whoopie pies

muffin                       a 10 buck pumpkinbread

 

part of last night's dessert

part of last night’s dessert

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the other part of last night's dessert

the other part of last night’s dessert

a women in the checkout line holding this pie, put it down at the last minute and picked up a 6-pack of pumpkin beer instead

a women in the checkout line holding this pie, put it down at the last minute and picked up a 6-pack of pumpkin beer instead

homemade raw pumpkin and date tart

GV’s homemade raw pumpkin and date tart