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.
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.
Pumpkin and spices, sage and browned
butter: Fall's classic flavor combinations
come together beautifully in these little
loaves. The browned butter lends a rich
nuttiness to the breads, which strike a
perfect sweet-and-savory balance.
In Season: Like other hard-shelled winter squash, spaghetti squash is harvested in the early fall. It keeps for months in cool storage, so it's available in markets throughout the winter and spring.What to Look For: Mature spaghetti squash is oblong in shape with a creamy-yellow shell. Choose firm squash that's free of soft spots and feels heavy for its size.How to Store: Uncut spaghetti squash keeps well in a cool, dry place for up to one month.