Episode 49 October is for Pumpkin

Our food changes with the seasons. You may not do it consciously, but we all change our food a little when the seasons change. Last week in the Feed Your Family Tonight Facebook group I asked what people were making for dinner and everyone was making fall-ish comfort food. Lots of chili and soup and frito pie. I like to say that this time of year we put away the grill and break out the Dutch oven.

 

Are you a fan of pumpkin spice? I am not a pumpkin spice latte girl mainly because I do not prefer sugar with my coffee. Our grocery store has a display of pumpkin spice flavored foods and most of those do not appeal to me either, but real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves and I am all in.

I have 4 recipes for October that are centered around pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal is a warm and hearty breakfast. It is one of 3 baked oatmeal recipes on my website including Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, and Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal.

Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cookies are an easy make-ahead breakfast that are great for busy mornings. I make them and freeze them for fast breakfasts on the go. They are like my Breakfast Cookies but use pumpkin instead of banana.

Pumpkin Soufflés are my new obsession. So many people are afraid of making a souffle and I want to dispel the fear. Souffles are not difficult and do not need to be scary. If you can whip egg whites, you can make a souffle. I’ll walk your through the steps.

1-Separate your eggs. Use 3 bowls. Use one bowl to separate the white from the yolk. Transfer the white to one bowl and the yolk to another bowl. Repeat until all the eggs are separated.

2-Make a simple pumpkin custard.

3-Whip the egg whites.

4-Fold egg whites into cooled custard.

5-Add the souffle mixture to ramekins that are coated in butter and sugar.

6-Bake for 15 minutes at 375.

 

Iced Pumpkin Cookies

These cookies don’t have any pumpkin in them, but they are shaped like pumpkins and are decorated with candy. My mother has been decorating pumpkin faces since before I was born. It is a special tradition in our family.

Traditions help us slow down and recapture a little calm in the crazy. What are your fall traditions? Let us know in the Feed Your Family Tonight Facebook group.