In Season: Pumpkins begin to ripen in September. Because they store well, pumpkins are available all through the fall and winter. What to Look For: Make sure to choose a variety of pumpkin that's intended for cooking rather than for decoration. The ubiquitous field pumpkin -- the kind most commonly used to carve jack-o'-lanterns -- has watery, stringy flesh and is not recommended for eating. Sugar pumpkins and cheese pumpkins are two widely available varieties that are good for cooking and baking, thanks to their dense, sweet flesh. How to Store: Pumpkins keep well at room temperature for up to a month. Stored in a cool cellar or refrigerator, they can last up to three months. Once cut, pumpkin pieces should be wrapped tightly and refrigerated. Use cut pumpkin within five days.
The great pumpkin -- it's not just for pie. In fact, when you want a quick pumpkin fix there's nothing quite as good as a slice of pumpkin bread for a snack, for afternoon tea -- and especially for breakfast! Our recipes range from classic to mini, use different combinations of spices and include gluten-free options.
Intensely flavorful and endlessly adaptble, grilled vegetables can be you best friend this summer. Enjoy them hot, cold, or at room temperature, alongside meats, in a sandwich or frittata, or tossed with pasta. But not all vegetables are created equal -- some require precooking before they hit the grill. Check out this handy list before your next cookout and you'll be rewarded with tender, smoky result every time.
Pumpkin desserts are synonymous with the fall season, most especially at Thanksgiving time. And pumpkin pie is just the beginning! In our collection of easy pumpkin desserts, you'll also find crowd-pleasing recipes for pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, bread pudding, and even a knockout pumpkin-almond tiramisu.
If you don't have pumpkin-pie spice, you can instead use 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon mixed with 1/4 teaspoon each of ground ginger and nutmeg. It's very important to make sure the bread soaks up the flavorful custard to ensure a velvety consistency.