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Puffy Pumpkin Pinwheels

23 Nov

Do you need an appetizer in a pinch? These will get gobbled up at any Thanksgiving gathering! Slice them frozen and bake them off at the party or make just as you are heading out so they stay warm, best eaten warm.

Also for a cute and speedy floral arrangement, hollow out a mini pumpkin, line with foil. Add a few florets and there you have it!

1 can pumpkin purée
1 8oz package cream cheese, softened (fat-free or light is okay)
2 sheets puff pastry, thawed but still cold (see note)
2 Tbsp. all-purpose seasoning blend see below*
Salt and pepper, optional
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg
1 Tbsp. water

Directions

Preheat oven to 400° F Line a cookie sheet with parchment or non stick foil.

In a medium bowl, stir together the pumpkin purée and cream cheese, set aside.

Unwrap puff pastry , if it comes rolled in parchment just un roll it on the parchment or place on a clean, lightly floured counter or work surface.

Spread pumpkin and cream cheese mixture over the puff pastry, leaving a half-inch margin on all sides.

Sprinkle seasoning blend evenly over the top.

Sprinkle with a small amount of salt.

Evenly sprinkle Parmesan cheese over the top.

Roll up the puff pastry in an as-tightly-wound cylinder (log) as possible.
Wrap log with plastic wrap and freeze until almost frozen.

Unwrap log with a very sharp knife slice the log into 12 equal-size pieces. Let thaw on cookies sheet until very cold but not totally frozen.

In a small bowl, lightly beat together the egg and water to create an egg-wash. Brush egg-wash over pastry slices, distribute evenly until it’s gone.

Bake for about 20-30 minutes, or until puffs are golden, puffed, set and done.

Allow puffs to cool in pan for about 5 to 10 minutes before removing. Serve immediately.

*All purpose seasoning
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon black pepper

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Pumpkins Aren’t Just for Carving

24 Oct

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Long before Halloween, people used to eat pumpkin! I know, call me crazy but it’s a squash, it’s for eating…ya ya it makes a fantastic Jack-o-lantern too. I’m just saying that in days of old the native people actually grew them for eating. They were also used as a defense, a kind of barbed wire. It’s a growing technique coined as the Three Sisters, corn, squash and beans. The corn was planted in the center, the beans grew up the corn and the spiky squash plant was placed at  base of both plants to protect them from critters.

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One way I love to use pumpkin is with lots of spices, it is a wonderful way to get the kids used to highly flavored foods without being spicy “hot”. Pumpkin and curry is classic in Thai food and we just love coconut at our house, so it’s a perfect match. The problem with pumpkins is that they can be tough little buggers to cut into. I have a drawer full of knives, big ones so I’m covered, If you don’t here is a trick.

Carefully stab a few slits in your pumpkin, place in microwave for 5 minutes. Remove it, hold it with a towel and cut in to peices. It should be softer but depending on the  size it may need more time.

No Fuss Coconut Curry Pumpkin

One of the spices I use in my cooking is methi,  the leaves of the Fennegreek plant. They are distinct and subtle and add that Eastern flavor. Crush the Methi in your fingers to release the fragrance before using. It is always easier to cut produce wityh the flat side down so it stays put.

1 small sugar pumpkin

1 Tsp Methi

1/2 tsp Tumeric

1/2 tsp dried ginger

1 tsp curry powder

salt

1 can coconut milk

3 Tbs coconut oil, melted

Preheat oven to 425

Cut pumpkin in half, scoop out all the seeds and set them aside for roasting. Cut the pumpkin in half and then into wedges or chunks. Try to make them similar sizes so they will cook evenly. Place wedges peel side down into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish. using a pastry brush, coat the pumpkin flesh with the coconut oil. Pour the coconut milk drizzling it all over the pieces. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the pieces. Bake for about 45 minutes or until pumpkin is soft.

Serve with Jasmine rice, sautéed spinach and chickpeas.

Hot tip:

Trader Joe’s has a new product called Roasted Coconut Chips, this is my version of heaven. They are really good sprinkled on this dish after cooking!

Classic Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

This is perfect for after your family has carved pumpkins, you should have lots of seeds.

1 1/2 cups pumpkin seeds
2 teaspoons melted butter
salt

Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.

Clean off any major pumpkin chunks. (I like the left over pumpkin strings when cooked so we leave them on)

Toss pumpkin seeds in a bowl with melted butter or oil and salt.

Spread pumpkin seeds on a rimmed baking sheet in one layer.

Bake for about 45-1 hour  minutes, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Cool on sheet, put in a pretty container.

Keep at room temperature sealed for up to a week.

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