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When the Frost Is on the Pumpkin

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the pumpkin patch, here comes the frosty weather... with lots of wind. That’s what we found when Brandon visited Gentry’s Pumpkin Patch at the Gentry Farm on Hwy 96, Franklin, TN.

But, it is that time of year when just about everyone has to have some sort of pumpkin dish. It is the harbinger of Thanksgiving and that glorious day of inhaling lots of food within a 2 hour window with leftovers for weeks. I can’t wait.

This year I thought that it would be fun to recommend a few favorite pumpkin yummies to start the process towards the third Thursday of November. The pumpkin is basically a squash that is native to North America. And I don’t know of a dish that exists which doesn’t have pumpkin with cinnamon added. They just go together like peas and carrots or Jack and Jane. Using a fresh organic small pie pumpkin is the real way to go. But if you don’t have one already baked and prepared you can used canned (although it doesn’t come close to the real deal).

Fresh pumpkin puree

  • 2 small organic pie pumpkins

  1. Heat an oven to 350 degrees. Slice off the top stem, and quarter the pumpkins. Scrape out seeds and save in a baggie in fridge.

  2. Roast skin side down for 45 mins. Let cool. Scrape skin off, then put pieces in a food processor and pulverize. Store in small baggies in freezer to use as needed.

Organic pumpkin and spice coconut cream smoothie

  • 1/3 cup of pumpkin puree

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • tiny pinch of ground cloves

  • can of coconut cream (or milk if you prefer but it will be a little more liquid)

  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder

  • 1 tablespoon maple-flavored agave syrup or scant pinch powdered stevia

  1. Mix all ingredients in blender. Serve cold with a sprinkle nutmeg and a cinnamon stick.

If this isn't enough pumpkin, check out my other recipes!

Pumpkin Walnut Pound Cake (use my pound cake recipe from and site and add ¾ cup of pumpkin puree to the batter and 1 tablespoon cinnamon. Then garnish with 1 cup chopped walnuts)

Originally published in 2013






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