In search of pumpkin chow (both sweet & savory)
- Mark Oct 27, 2000 06:54 PM
So far I've had an excellent pumpkin shake from Earwax Cafe and some tasty soup at Le Bouchon... what else is out there? Also- any favorite pumpkin beers and where to get them?
Funny you should ask. Todays Tribs Friday Section has a listing of all kinds of pumpkin goodies. Chicagotribune.com will get you there. Bon Appetit.
Pumpkin soup, pumpkin w't, pumpkin curry--all staples of the Osner family dinner table--yum! Elise learned years ago that this vegetable has a lot to offer beyond pie (tho that is also a fave--we make it dairy-free, and it's unbelievably good). Key to all this is getting good eating pumpkins, not the jack-o-lantern varieties, which are more like gourds than edible vegetables. Sugar Baby or Sugar Pie are good--small, fleshy, firm, and full of flavor.
I stopped by the Map Room for some Wild Onion pumpkin beer sorry to learn that they only carry it in October. On the bright side, Casey's sells Buffalo Bill's pumpkin ale...really good, with a hint of nutmeg and by no means sickly sweet like so many flavored brews. Sam's has this pumpkin lager- worth skipping.