If you're planning to carve a pumpkin this year, don't forget about the bonus snack that's built into every pumpkin: fresh roasted pumpkin seeds! Cheesy Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Candied Espresso and Brown Sugar Seeds, and more ideas.
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"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.
The process hasn't changed since you were a kid: scoop seeds, dry them, bake until crispy. But if you want some step-by-step photos just to be safe, here's our seed-roasting guide. The basic recipe just involves some sea salt and olive oil but it's always fun to pull out the spice rack to make a flavored batch. Here are five recipes.
"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.
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.
For our most recent Weekend Cook and Tell challenge we asked all of you to Step Out of Your Squash Comfort Zone by exploring some of the lesser known marrows out there, bringing the ones that are more commonly used for seasonal decorating into the kitchen. Let's take a look at some of your squashiest, knobbiest responses.
On the sixth day of the 12 Days of Dumpling, we turned him into a pumpkin. Poof! Something about Dumpling is naturally very pumpkin-esque, no? Plus Dumpkins has a nice ring to it. Or do you prefer Pumpling? Compliments to the costume-making company for giving this headgear an adjustable strap—it actually stayed on! Well, for about four seconds.
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!
This video is for you unlucky souls who never got to carve a real pumpkin as a kid (hello jack-o-lantern face stickers!), but are now too old to admit to their friends that they don't really know how it's done. Watch this video in the privacy of your own home, then head out to that pumpkin carving party with confidence!
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.
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.
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.
Not much has changed since you helped Mom and Dad with this task as a kid (although you've probably outgrown your mess-making gusto some). Here's a basic recipe for roasting seeds with sea salt and olive oil, a fun one for candied espresso and brown sugar seeds, and check out the slideshow for the basic seed-roasting technique»
To extract the seeds, squeeze the surrounding pumpkin flesh between your fingers. The seeds should slip out easily....
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.