Happy Pumpkin Day!

Pile of pumpkins

Pumpkin Day: October 26

According to the daysoftheyear.com, October 26 is Pumpkin Day! Celebrate the day by buying a pumpkin and decorating it, eat something made from pumpkin like pumpkin pie or learn a little history about pumpkins.

Pumpkins: Best Medicine?

How Carrots Won the Trojan War, cover

Did you know that during Colonial times pumpkins were grown not just for eating but for medicinal purposes too? Find out more in How the Carrots Won the Trojan War Curious (but True) Stories of Common Vegetables by Rebecca Rupp.

Decorating Pumpkins

Easy Pumpkin Carving, cover

I haven’t carved a pumpkin since my niece and nephews were little. If you would like to learn to carve a pumpkin, Easy Pumpkin Carving: Spooktacular Patterns, Tips and Ideas by Colleen Dorsey is a good choice.

Personally, I prefer to draw and paint on my pumpkins. Last year, there was a mini pumpkin decorating contest. I used the book, Play with Your Pumpkins by Joost Elffers and Saxton Freymann, for inspiration. Using the stem as a nose, I painted the face of the classic villain Penguin from the original Batman television show. My pumpkin came in third place.

Play With Your Pumpkins, coverPumpkin of the classic Peguin from Batman tv show

Pumpkin Recipes

Hungry for something with pumpkins? Try out these recipes.

Pumpkin Bread

The Bread Machine Book, coverPumpkin Pecan Bread in a white tray, Banana French toast with bacon on a pink plate, and Pumpkin Juice.

If you want to celebrate today by eating something pumpkin flavored, how about pumpkin pecan bread. The recipe is from The Bread Machine Book: Over 100 Recipes for Easy-to-Make, Spectacular Breads by Marjie Lambert. This bread is perfect to use in a sandwich or French toast. The San Jose Public Library doesn't own this book, but it is available through Link+.

In the Kitchen with David, coverBook In the Kitchen with David and a loaf of Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese frosting

If you prefer, moist pumpkin bread try In the Kitchen with David: QVC's Resident Foodie Presents Comfort Food That Take You Home by David Venable. This pumpkin bread has a cream cheese frosting. Yum! I only made half the frosting because I only wanted to decorate the top of the bread.

Pumpkin Chili

Thug Kitchen, coverPhoto of a bowl of pumpkin chili with cornbread and a glass of pumpkin juice

If you want something warm and a little bit spicy, try this vegan pumpkin chili recipe from the book, Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F*ck. I made this chili for a staff meeting with a potluck lunch. There are a lot of curse words throughout the book, but if you can get pass that.  The recipes in this book are not complicated for a beginning cook and the ingredients are easy to find in any grocery store. I would add this book to my personal cookbook collection.

Pumpkin Doughnuts!

Pumpkins: 50 Easy Recipes, coverPhoto pumpkin doughnut holes with a cup of maple pumpkin spiced latte

On Saturdays, someone always brings doughnuts from their local bakery to work. Since I was opening, I made pumpkin doughnuts using a recipe from the book, Pumpkins: 50 Easy Recipes by Academia Barilla. Instead of making 4 doughnuts, I doubled the recipe and made doughnut holes. They were good but tasted delicious dipped in a cup of maple pumpkin spiced latte.


The Big Book of Gluten-Free Recipes, cover

The recipe for the latte is from The Big Book of Gluten-Free Recipes: More Than 500 Easy Gluten-Free Recipes for Healthy and Flavorful Meals by Kimberly A. Tessmer. Available as an eBook from Enki or TotalBoox. Check out more eBooks & eMedia options.

Thanks, SJPL Staff!

I would like to thank my co-workers at Evergreen and Village Square libraries for being willing food tasters. They voted for the dishes that were blog worthy.

Happy Pumpkin Day!

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