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How to Carve a Pumpkin

"Ok Jack, time for your lobotomy!" Such a classic Calvin and Hobbes quote that comes to mind each year. But before we perform any pumpkin lobotomy, let's go over some important carving pro-tips. More

Everything You Need to Know About Carving a Pumpkin

"Ok Jack, time for your lobotomy!" That Calvin and Hobbes quote comes to mind this time each year. But there are a few crucial things to remember before you start the lobotomy work. Tips on pumpkin shopping, carving tools, and carving artwork (a beginner's and an advanced guide), plus a video! Your guide to perfect pumpkins, right here. More

In Season: Pumpkins

You can do practically anything you want to a pumpkin, from boiling to baking, steaming or roasting it. It's also traditionally eaten mashed or pureed and used as a filling for pumpkin pie. And who can forget the seeds, which are a great roasted snack any time of the year. The pumpkin has also been recommended as a dietary supplement for cats and dogs, though whether it's a good idea to feed it to your four-legged friends is debatable. More

Video: Punkin Chunkin Music Video

Oh, let us count the ways we find joy from a pumpkin. Carving, pie-making, seed-roasting, and we can't forget chunkin', the act of hurling pumpkins at 50 miles an hour with a medieval catapult called a trebuchet. It's a popular pastime this time of year, and the most serious of chunkers compete in the World Championship Punkin Chunkin in Bridgeville, Delaware, which will take place between November 5 and 7. Last year's winning orange projectile traveled more than 4,480 feet. Just think about the splat at the end! More

How to Carve a Pumpkin like a Pro

Yesterday we brought you the basic guide to pumpkin carving. Ain't no shame in tracing the classic triangle eyes and snaggly-tooth mouth. But if you're looking for a more advanced, knock-your-neighbors'-socks-off-o'-lantern, here is a step-by-step guide to carving more detailed designs, with examples at the end to inspire you. With some X-acto knives, drawing markers, and your new skills, you'll be able to whittle away at that gourd like a pro. More

Everything You Need to Know to Carve a Perfect Pumpkin

We are all excited once again to be wearing our hoodies, hats, and cardigans. And yes, we are thankful for that crisp air, and it's time to turn on the oven and use our stockpots again. But let's be honest. October really means only one thing: pumpkin season. Pumpkins, pumpkins, and more pumpkins. The Maniac Pumpkin Carvers are here to give you all the tips you need for carving your own masterpiece gourds this Halloween season. More

How to Make Pumpkin Butter

When it comes to making this seasonal favorite, keeping it simple is the way to go. Here is a step-by-step guide to making pumpkin butter using fresh pumpkins and other farm stand staples. And, yes, you can even use canned pumpkin puree instead. More

5 Ways to Spice Up Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

If you're planning to pick up a pumpkin and do some carving this year, don't forget about the "bonus" snack that's built into every pumpkin: fresh roasted pumpkin seeds!The favorite fall snack is delicious with a little salt, cinnamon-sugar, orange zest and ginger, or red pepper flakes. Here are five ways to get more creative with your seed seasonings. More

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