Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips and Bourbon

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Let’s talk about how pumpkin flavors are forced into everything at this time of year. I know this isn’t a universal feeling, but I kinda run screaming from pumpkin spiced lattes, pumpkin ale, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin pie flavored vodka (blech) and many of the “pumpkin spice” type commercial products that hit the shelves in October [Continue Reading...]

Storing Winter Squash

To preserve many foods, you have to do a crazy water-bath dance in the heat of late August, or give over to acid-ravaged hands as you chop another ten pounds of tomatoes. Winter squash is easier. Like Goldilocks, all it asks is to be tucked away someplace not too hot, and not too cold, but [Continue Reading...]

Autumn Decor, On Accident

Several weeks ago, I took the kids to the pumpkin farm, where I loaded up on edible squash to supplement to lackluster harvest I managed to home-grow this year. A bit after that, I asked my rural-living sister to pick me up a few bales of straw at non-urban prices when she came into town. [Continue Reading...]

Curried Sugar Hubbard Squash Soup

When you’ve got a Sugar Hubbard that needs to get used, you’ve got a lot of squash. Sugar Hubbard is a cross of Blue Hubbard and Sweet Meat, and it’s just fantastic. It roasts well and has a smooth, creamy texture when pureed. I only got two squash off last year’s plant, but both were [Continue Reading...]

Roasted Spiced Sugar Hubbard Squash Seeds: Bonus Edition!

Inside that tasty, tasty beast of a squash was a whole other garden gift: squash seeds!  Now I don’t bother to pick through and roast the seeds from every squash I harvest, but when you have a big squash you have some big, tasty seeds. So especially on your large winter squashes (squashi?), save the [Continue Reading...]