Sunday, October 24, 2010

Craving (Not Carving) the Pumpkin

by Leann

I no longer carve pumpkins at Halloween. For some reason, our house gets very little traffic on that night and besides, my kids are grown and gone. It's a messy endeavor and for someone as klutzy as I am, also a little dangerous. But October is still pumpkin month--or "eating pumpkin" month.

Usually I wait until Thanksgiving to make the pumpkin pie from scratch. Homemade pastry is a little labor intensive. But since I signed up for I keep getting all these tantalizing pictures of pumpkin pies, pumpkin breads and one I just made, a pumpkin dump cake. If you don't know about dump cake, you are missing something. Pineapple, cherry pie filling, cake mix and butter. Couldn't be easier. But there's a pumpkin version, too. So I made that today. It's a little more difficult than simple dump cake. You have to make a pie filling, but then you pour it into a 13x9 pan, sprinkle cake mix on top--yellow or spice--and cover with melted butter and nuts. I skip the nuts--allergic. I also use an egg substitute like I do in my pumpkin pie--you guessed, allergic. But this comes out very pretty and smells so good. No pastry making involved!

Check it out!

Do you have a favorite pumpkin recipe? Please share!
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