Friday, December 12, 2014

Creepmas Day 12 - Pumpkin Power

I am having so much fun using the little pumpkins I found at the  Local First Grocer to celebrate Creepmas.  Firstly, I carved one into a fine Creepmas pumpkin.


I baked one other pumpkins in the oven and made a puree.  It is easy to bake a pumpkin - just cut it in half, clean it and turn it upside down in a baking dish with about 1/4 inch of water.  Bake at 350 until you can easily stab through the skin with a fork - about 50 minutes.  Once it is cooked, puree it in your blender, then use the puree to make all sorts of goodies.  I made a pumpkin eggnog, added it to my steel cut oatmeal,  put it in my coffee (mixed with a creamer, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon and cloves - yummy), blended a smoothie, spiced up pancakes and created a stew.  Inspired by a comment from 2011 made by Mantan Calveras of Voodoo Ghoul, I created a lamb stew with celery, pumpkin and mustard greens. It was delish.  The secret ingredient?? Shipyard pumpkin ale of course.
Pumpkin, maple syrup, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and walnuts in my steel cut oats - yummy
pumpkin smoothy with banana, strawberry, mango and papaya
A lamb and pumpkin stew
Pumpkin pancakes
Finally, I stuffed a pumpkin with a yummy filling and baked it for dinner.  I also made Cranberry pumpkin cookies to give to all my friends and neighbors on the last day of Creepmas. MMMM- Pumpkin. 

Pumpkin stuffed with elk, mushrooms, brown rice, pine nuts and onions

Pumpkin cranberry cookies
 Yummy - just call me the Benjamin Buford Blue of the pumpkin.


  1. You're much more creative and adventurous than I am with cooking. Great job stretching out a pumpkin's purpose and place in this season.

    1. Yep - I like to make recipes up. My spouse is ever so good about eating the mistakes!

  2. The Creepmas Pumpkin is totally great!

    1. Thanks - it later got baked into puree.

  3. That pumpkin smoothie looks especially good!