Pumpkins are as much a part of autumn as falling leaves and chilly nights. Foods made with this festive and versatile veggie are also perfect for this time of year. Here is a look at how pumpkins have gained popularity, and some great recipes for you to try!
Fall is here
History of pumpkins
Soon the settlers were growing pumpkins in their fields of corn, using them fresh and dried. They learned from the natives various ways to cook the pumpkins, such as boiling, drying, grinding into meal, and making soup. The ground pumpkin meal was used like cornmeal in making puddings and breads.
A Nutritious food
Today, throughout the fall months, pumpkin dishes galore come from New England kitchens. For the pumpkin is a versatile food which can be used in breads, cakes, cookies, pies, casseroles, and even jam.
To prepare pumpkin
Or you can cut the pumpkin into quarters, scoop out the seeds, and lay the pieces in a pan of water, filled to about one inch. Then bake at 350 degrees F. until the pumpkin is tender. Peel and mash it.
It's best to put the mashed pumpkin through a strainer or sieve to eliminate the stringy portions.
Early Pumpkin Pie
They next filled this hole 2/3 full of milk. Sweeten with honey, maple syrup or molasses. Add some spices you have on hand, such as ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Then the cook put the end back on and baked the pumpkin in a brick oven for 5 or 6 hours. For serving, the pumpkin was placed on the table the pulp was scooped out and served with butter and more sweetening.
Modern Pumpkin Souffle
Fold into the pumpkin mixture. Then pour into greased 1-quart baking dish and set in a pan of hot water. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes. Makes 4 to 6 servings.