Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Pumpkins Are Smashing!

The people who pack Libby's 100% pure pumpkin ran ideas for use of their product as something other than "just" pumpkin pie.

* Use canned pumpkin as a thickener in vegetable chili; a spicy stew, black bean soup or curry.

* Fat substitution - use canned pumpkin for half of the fat in quick breads. It will add color and flavor.

* A simple soup -- saute onion slices, add 4 cups of chicken broth and a 28-oz. can of pumpkin. Stir in 3 oz. of goat cheese and season with a pinch of nutmeg.

And when you do make that pumpkin pie, consider adding any of these ingredients -- brandy, rum, maple syrup, chopped dates, crystalized ginger or candied orange peel.

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