Friday, October 11, 2013

A Patch of Pumpkin Recipes

Did you know...
from Wikipedia (click link for more interesting information about pumpkins)

That's a lot of pumpkin
As one of the most popular crops in the United States, 1.5 billion pounds (680,000,000 kilograms) of pumpkins are produced each year. The top pumpkin-producing states include Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and California.

Etymology
The word pumpkin originates from the word pepon (πέπων), which is Greek for “large melon". The French adapted this word to pompon, which the British changed to pumpion and later American colonists changed that to the word we use today, "pumpkin"

Wouldn't Linus be impressed
Weigh-off competitions for giant pumpkins are a popular festival activity. The world record held at 459 pounds (208 kg) until 1981, when Howard Dill (of Nova Scotia) broke the record with a pumpkin weighing 493.5 pounds (223.8 kg). Dill patented the seeds used to grow this giant pumpkin, deeming them Dill’s Atlantic Giant seeds, and drawing growers from around the world. Dill is credited for all of the giant pumpkins today, most of which are borne from crossing and re-crossing his patented seed with other varieties. By 1996, giant pumpkins had crossed the 1,000-pound (450 kg) mark. The current world record holder is Ron Wallace's 2,009.0-pound (911.3 kg) Atlantic Giant pumpkin, which in September 2012 surpassed Jim and Kelsey Bryson's previous 2011 record of 1,818.5 pounds (824.9 kg)

High fiber content helps to aid proper digestion
Canned pumpkin is often recommended by veterinarians as a dietary supplement for dogs and cats that are experiencing certain digestive ailments.

Chucking
Pumpkin chucking is a competitive activity in which teams build various mechanical devices designed to throw a pumpkin as far as possible. Catapults, trebuchets, ballistas and air cannons are the most common mechanisms.

and... some yummy treats from this decorative, entertaining and delicious big ole orange squash

5 Classic Spritz Cookies in pumpkin shape
(doesn't use pumpkin as an ingredient but still cute for this time of year)

15 comments:

Sherry said...

More delicious looking pumpkin desserts! I'm afraid I'm going to gain 10 pounds this fall!

Just a little something from Judy said...

My order...a cup of coffee and one of each of the above. They all look so delicious to me. I like anything with pumpkin, and with your photography skills, they look irresistible!

Oh, and how about 1 or 2 hours of conversation with the coffee and pumpkin:)

Debbie Petras said...

I absolutely love anything pumpkin! I will have to check out these recipes.

Blessings and love,
Debbie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love pumpkin food and I make any time of the year! I love the ones here, thank you sweet lady for them! I have a post with two pumpkin recipes too. Enjoy your weekend.
FABBY

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wow, the all in one holiday cake sounds like a modern fruit cake! Fun facts and I'd get a kick out of seeing one of those pumpkin chucking contests:@)

Leslie said...

What a delicious and beautiful myriad of pumpkin desserts!! You're inspiring me here. :)
Blessings,
Leslie

Nonnie said...

One of my friends always made gingersnaps with pumpkin dip. It was delish! I'm ready for pumpkin pie.

Ann said...

I love all things pumpkin so this weekend might have to be a baking weekend.
I just saw a pumpkin roll recipe in a magazine. They laid parchment paper in the pan and then piped on swirls in a darker colored batter (I think they added molasses to it but not positive) then they poured the cake batter on top. The finished pumpkin roll was so pretty with the darker swirls on it

Debby Ray said...

Oh my goodness...they ALL look so yummy! I bought a can of pumpkin this morning at the grocery. I have no idea what I will make but will surely find something....love, love LOVE pumpkin...anything!

Lea said...

Oh, I love, love all things pumpkin! What a lovely and informative entry. I've got some pumpkin muffin mix to make with my little Granddaughter one day soon. Have a happy weekend!

Winnie said...

Wonderful round-up !!
I'm going to check the pumpkin roll :)

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

I love pumpkin anything! It is the flavor of fall, as far as I'm concerned.

podso said...

Thanks for posting these recipes! Ah, they all look so good!

renée @ Singing With Birds said...

Oh they all look so yummy. I love pumpkin time!

Gypsy Heart said...

I'm drooling...

xo
Pat

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