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Pumpkin everything....That time of the year!

Ollie Sep 26, 2006 09:34 PM

Seeking recommendations for great pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, soup, etc. Anything pumpkin!

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    SouthOCHound RE: Ollie Sep 26, 2006 10:41 PM

    I just bought the pumpkin bread/muffin mix from Trader Joes for a few bucks and it was delish. To keep this post on topic, I'll mention that Mimi's Cafe usually has some pretty good pumpkin pancakes this time of year.

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      Ollie RE: SouthOCHound Sep 26, 2006 10:42 PM

      I'm familiar with those, thanks for the reminder.

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        crystaw RE: SouthOCHound Oct 26, 2009 05:31 PM

        I was going to suggest the pumpkin pancakes at Mimi's! My sister ordered them this past weekend and took a couple of bites. They're pretty tasty especially with the apples that come on top of them.

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        sidwich RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 12:12 AM

        Sometime around this time of year, Bennett's in the Farmer's Market will do pumpkin ice cream which is one of my favorites.

        1. Moomin RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 12:14 AM

          Okay... I did this one last year. Here's the list of Pumpkin dishes I sampled:

          Fritto Misto's Pumpkin Ravioli in sage cream sauce (not bad, but leaves much to be desired)
          Pumpkin Curry at Chandni (eh...)
          Pumpkin pastry at Amandine (tooo sweet!)
          Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale (it's better this year, Pyramid took over the contract)
          Monastery of the Angels Pumpkin Bread (it was a little too fluffy and generic)
          Double Rainbow Pumpkin Ice Cream (very nice, very spicy)
          Dr. Bob's Pumpkin Ice Cream (the carton I got may have been very old... not so good)
          Coldstone Pumpkin Patch Ice Cream Sundae (like the concept, in execution the blend-ins are better than the pumpkin base)
          Yashima Pumpkin Salad (eh, again...)
          Griddle Cafe Pumpkin Pancakes (these are unbelievably decadent, with a whole can of pumpkin pie filling on the top... best to share!)
          John O'Groats Pumpkin Pancakes (not bad, not enough pumpkin)
          Jinky's Pumpkin Almond Pancakes (also not bad, but muted pumpkin flavor)
          Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale (not good...)
          Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (Yuck... we really need to get Dogfish Head on the West Coast)
          Luggatti’s Italian Grill Huntington Beach Pumpkin Ravioli (the best of these I've tried)
          Pumpkin macarons at Boule (these are only available when they're in the mood to make them)
          Thai Nakorn's pumpkin custard (terrific, but muted pumpkin flavor)
          Pumpkin Curry at Busaba Thai (so very good)
          Jack in the Box Pumpkin Shake (surprisingly good, honestly)
          Pumpkin Tamales at Gallego's (very good stuff)
          Pumpkin Tamales at Mother's Market Costa Mesa (not as good, but still pumpkiny!)
          Baskin Robbin's Pumpkin Ice Cream (Pretty lame)

          Go forth and forage for rich pumpkiny goodness!

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            eriny RE: Moomin Sep 27, 2006 12:22 AM

            Great list...where do I find Double Rainbow ice cream?? Thank you!

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              Moomin RE: eriny Sep 27, 2006 02:57 AM

              Double Rainbow is a Bay Area ice-creamery, they stock it in most Trader Joe's locations. Pumpkin is one of their most popular flavors, but it rarely comes out before October 15th... get it while it's cold.

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                ilovepumpkins RE: Moomin Nov 15, 2008 08:59 AM

                Trader Joe's nationwide carries Double Rainbow, lucky for us, but this year they haven't started selling the Pumpkin one yet. I wonder why they're behind?

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                  Moomin RE: ilovepumpkins Nov 15, 2008 05:08 PM

                  No Double Rainbow Pumpkin this year at all according to two different westside locations. They don't know why, but it's definitely not coming in.

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                WandererLA RE: eriny Sep 28, 2006 09:12 PM

                I think there is a Double Rainbow in WLA somewhere... Let me check... I used to go there when I lived on the West Side.

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                  Moomin RE: WandererLA Sep 28, 2006 09:23 PM

                  It used to be on Westwood just past Santa Monica Blvd., but it was closed and a Starbucks moved in at least five years ago. Sorry. There are no Double Rainbow locations in Los Angeles anymore.

                  The Pumpkin pints should start showing up in Trader Joe's midmonth, though. Last year they were late with their shipment... which meant they stayed in stock into the New Year.

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                    Das Ubergeek RE: Moomin Oct 9, 2006 08:11 PM

                    Not LA, but there's on on State Street in Santa Barbara.

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                liu RE: Moomin Sep 27, 2006 01:50 AM

                This is amazing! Did you do all this in one day? The holiday is a short one...I am serious: over what period of time did you accomplish this wondrous feat?

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                  Moomin RE: liu Sep 27, 2006 02:58 AM

                  It's possible to get most of these from September through November. My wife and I indulge in a pumpkin orgy virtually every year.

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                  CynD RE: Moomin Sep 27, 2006 04:05 AM

                  I'll second the pumpkin raviolis at Lugatti's - they're heavenly! Another don't miss item is the pumpkin pie at the Filling Station in Orange. It's outrageously good.

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                    Dommy RE: Moomin Sep 27, 2006 07:14 AM

                    Awesome LIST!!! I do love those Gallegos Pumpkin Tamales... YUM!!!!!!!

                    I also have to put in a plug for my favorite pumpkin thing... Baked Pumpkin drizzled with Clove spiked saramel. One of my favorite desserts ever and you can get them fresh at El Mercado in ELA... :)


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                      Moomin RE: Dommy Oct 9, 2006 04:21 PM

                      We kicked off the festive pumpkin season on Friday with a multicultural pumpkin feast of Pumpkin Curry from Busaba Thai, Gallego's Pumpkin Tamales, and Frito Misto Pumpkin Ravioli.

                      We had three couples convening from three parts of town with their pumpkin delicacies. It was all washed down with a selection of Buffalo Bill's, Shipyard, and Blue Moon Pumpkin ales.

                      If the Double Rainbow had hit the shelves it would have made a perfect foil for the warm, heavily spiced, pumpkin tamales... but alas, it's late again this year. We probably won't see it at Trader Joe's until Thanksgiving.

                      Thanks again to Ollie for reminding us that the festive season had arrived!

                  2. brekkie_fan RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 01:44 AM

                    Pumpkin cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory always puts a smile on my face....

                    How funny, Dr. Bob was my Wine & Spirits professor back in college. I only knew of his chocolate flavors.

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                      wendy8869 RE: brekkie_fan Sep 27, 2006 01:51 AM

                      About two years ago I had an awesome pumpkin shake at Fry's Electronic store in City of Industry. It was completely memorable. I called them last year at this time and they said they didn't have it but a lot of people had been calling and asking about it. Guess I wasn't the only one... I'll be checking there again several times this season just in case!!!

                    2. Emme RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 02:04 AM

                      i'll second the rec for CF's pumpkin cheesecake.

                      also, williams-sonoma sells a great pumpkin bread mix for the bread machine.

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                        running pig RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 03:40 AM

                        The one thing I was not impressed with was a pumpkin tamale from Whole Foods...it was at least 50% raisins. Bummer.

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                          Frank_Santa_Monica RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 06:09 AM

                          Josie makes a great pumpkin pie. They also make a pumkin cake, which is all-the-rage over there. Not the biggest fan of that, though. I prefer the pumpkin pie much more.

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                            jenofkuo RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 08:20 AM

                            I love pumpkin too. I like Rutabegorz’s pumpkin cookie. It’s huge. Fosselman’s also has pumpkin ice cream. And I don’t know if I shall be banned now that I’m mentioning chain places but my friend bought me Panera’s pumpkin muffin tops and they were really good. William Sonoma’s pumpkin butter is yummy but I also like Trades Joes as well. WS also serves pumpkin pancake/waffle mix.

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                              Ernie RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 04:02 PM

                              Pumpkin pancakes at Bake & Broil in Long Beach are excellent.

                              1. chica RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 07:00 PM

                                Iced Pumpkin lattes are usually in season at Diedrich's and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf.

                                1. mollyomormon RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 08:23 PM

                                  might get bumped since it's a chain, but i love the pumpkin cream cheese muffins at Starbuck's. they may be too sweet for many people, but i can't get enough of them.

                                  1. ipsedixit RE: Ollie Sep 27, 2006 08:37 PM

                                    Pumpkin raviolis at ZUCCA.

                                    Pumpkin ice cream at FOSSELMAN'S

                                    Pumpkin bread at JULIENNE

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                                      Will Owen RE: ipsedixit Oct 9, 2006 08:27 PM

                                      Fosselman's pumpkin ice cream has to be at least ONE of the best anywhere. Also, the gelato place (whose name I can never remember) at One Colorado in Pasadena Old Town has an excellent pumpkin gelato.

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                                      running pig RE: Ollie Sep 28, 2006 04:27 AM

                                      Ooh, yeah, pumpkin lattes at Deidrichs are great. Though (nobody hate me) the pumpkin blended at "Big Green" is better than other chains, IMHO.

                                      1. jcwla RE: Ollie Sep 28, 2006 04:37 AM

                                        The best pumpkin pie is Al Gelato's, almost nothing but PURE pumpkin essence and tons of it.

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                                          Alice RE: jcwla Sep 28, 2006 06:48 AM

                                          oooh didn't know al gelato has pumpkin pie, thanks for the heads up!

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                                            Dommy RE: Alice Sep 28, 2006 07:45 AM

                                            Yes, it's a deep dish one... ask for the whipped cream too... Hmmm...

                                            But for an even better monster pumpkin pie, the Filling Station in Old Town Orange gets the prize... the taste and crust are out of this world...


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                                          Michelle RE: Ollie Oct 9, 2006 07:29 PM

                                          I like the pumpkin-chicken lasagna at Maria's (an Italian chain). I'm not sure when they have it, but it is very good. I even re-created my own version at home based upon theirs. Enjoy!

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                                            BearCity RE: Ollie Oct 9, 2006 09:35 PM

                                            The pumpkin ice cream that Mashti Malone's is serving right now is absolutely heavenly. Very pumpkiny, with ample spice, but not overpowering. You can immediately tell that you're eating a fresh, natural masterpiece. That man knows flavors.

                                            1. caitybirdie RE: Ollie Oct 10, 2006 08:55 AM

                                              ok, pumpkin ravioli at Mi Piace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! its in old town pasadena.

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                                                PoetKitty RE: Ollie Oct 10, 2006 06:00 PM

                                                I am pumpkin OBSESSED, and most of the bests are covered here, but by all means, go to Zucca (it means Pumpkin in Italian) and have the Pizza di Zucca. Pumkpin pizza with goat cheese, ham, onions - AWESOME! :)

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                                                  burp_excuzme RE: PoetKitty Oct 25, 2009 11:51 PM

                                                  I second Zucca. It's amazing stuff.

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                                                  FrenchieFoodie RE: Ollie Oct 10, 2006 11:14 PM

                                                  I'm surprised nobody mentioned the Pumpkin Pancake mix at Williams-Sonoma. Simply delightful. And, IMO, better than the pumpkin pancakes at Griddle Cafe.

                                                  1. amandine RE: Ollie Oct 11, 2006 05:02 AM

                                                    RUN to Urrth cafe for their amazing pumpkin pie. Most intense but balanced pumpkin flavor I've ever tried, and I love the gingersnap crust. And the portion is HUGE.

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                                                      Leon RE: amandine Oct 11, 2006 07:08 AM

                                                      I second the pumpkin pie from Urth cafe - the real whip cream is a bonus! I just had it for the first time a couple weeks ago and I wish I lived closer to one of their locations. Does anyone know if Urth carries it year round?

                                                      I actually live right behind a Marie Callendars so I have been fulfilling my pumpkin pie cravings through their $5.99 pie sale. After that's over (end of the month), I see myself trekking over to Urth. My husband actually prefers Mari Callendars because Urth's is too authentic tasting which he's not used to. Also, Whole Foods carries the Sugar Plum Fairy brand pumpkin pie which is a good standard.

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                                                        amandine RE: Leon Oct 12, 2006 05:53 PM

                                                        Leon-- my first introduction to the pie was when my friend ordered it sometime in... early September? may have even been late August of this year. at any rate, I myself was surprised that they had it (not in the window display though, it magically appeared from the kitchen) so i'd say that's a good indication that it might be found year round??

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                                                          ceegee RE: amandine Oct 14, 2006 08:48 PM

                                                          It is available all year and as far as prices go, sometimes they have it (by the slice) on "bake sale" for half-off!

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                                                        Dommy RE: amandine Oct 11, 2006 03:28 PM

                                                        Do you happen to know how much a WHOLE Pumpkin Pie might run from Urth? I love the idea of Gingersnap Crust! :)


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                                                          Das Ubergeek RE: Dommy Oct 11, 2006 03:43 PM

                                                          Eleven hundred dollars, I'm assuming, given the prices of most other things at Urth.

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                                                            Dommy RE: Das Ubergeek Oct 11, 2006 03:49 PM

                                                            ROTFL!!! That is why I had to ask here. I didn't want to be rude and ask the poor minimum wage check out slave what it costs only to end up laughing in the poor guys face... LOL!!!


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                                                              amandine RE: Dommy Oct 12, 2006 05:52 PM

                                                              i would guess close to $40? aren't the cheesecakes at CF around $30? so then i'd imagine urrth to be about 40.

                                                              be a good chowie and ask for us?? (simultaneously pinching yourself while waiting for the answer should help stifle your laughter)

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                                                              kevin RE: Das Ubergeek Oct 14, 2006 10:36 PM

                                                              urth is so very overrated, at least corral tree has decent food. and the whipped cream at urth is the fake, canister inspired kind.

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                                                                foodaspoetry RE: kevin Sep 22, 2009 12:33 AM

                                                                I'd love an update on Urth Cafe Pumpkin pie please. In 2002 I lived nearby the W. Hollywood cafe and became addicted, it was phenomenol and the whip cream was, indeed very real. I moved far far away, but when I had it a few years later it was. . . . not so good. . .either at the orig or the Beverly Hills place. It seemed like all the desserts had become. . . really average. . .was it just me remembering them better than in 2002, or did expanding beyond the original kind of result in loss of deliciousness??? Please update me.

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                                                          Mel RE: Ollie Oct 11, 2006 05:09 AM

                                                          homemade pumpkin cheesecake with a pecan, gingersnap crust

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                                                            Francesca RE: Ollie Oct 11, 2006 06:31 AM

                                                            Mimi's Cafe (chain) is now serving pumpkin pancakes and Bigg Chill frozen yougurt has pumpkin fro yo several times a month.

                                                            1. badseed RE: Ollie Oct 11, 2006 07:21 AM

                                                              I like the pumpkin bread at Monastery of the Angels. They also have great hand-made candies.

                                                              Monastery Of The Angels
                                                              1977 Carmen Ave, North of Franklin
                                                              Los Angeles 90068


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                                                                running pig RE: Ollie Oct 15, 2006 05:29 AM

                                                                I had the pumpkin gelato at Spitz in Eagle Rock...it was Gelato Classico and REALLY GOOD.

                                                                1. okie RE: Ollie Oct 15, 2006 03:15 PM

                                                                  Costco has a pumpkin cobbler mix (two in a box) that I made this past weekend and it was very good.

                                                                  Everything you need is included except a little butter that is drizzled on the top (and water, of course).

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                                                                    ojainan RE: okie Jan 8, 2007 06:26 PM

                                                                    Would anyone know where to buy this? I too bought a box and loved it but I neglected to note the brand and Costco discontinued carrying it soon after I bought my box.

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                                                                    latill2006 RE: Ollie Oct 15, 2006 06:35 PM

                                                                    Sometimes at Geisha House they have pumpkin creme brulee but it needs to a asked. It is served with whip cream and a cookie. Yummy.

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                                                                      tannazie RE: Ollie Oct 16, 2006 03:22 PM

                                                                      I just had a bagel with Pumpkin Cheesecake cream cheese from Noah's. SO good.

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                                                                        running pig RE: tannazie Oct 16, 2006 06:03 PM

                                                                        Oh yeah- I let myself have that pumpkin cream cheese once a year because it is indulegent but awesome. Tastes like cheesecake on a bagel.

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                                                                        Jerome RE: Ollie Jan 8, 2007 08:05 PM

                                                                        Missed this thread before
                                                                        Try the shrimp and pumpkin dumplings at 101 noodle express, valley blvd just w of New on the south side of the street.

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                                                                          bulavinaka RE: Ollie Nov 15, 2008 09:28 AM

                                                                          Kabocha is pretty much a pumpkin, but the flavor is concentrated and the flesh more substantial. If I see Kabocha __________ at a restaurant, I'll usually order it.

                                                                          I was at M Cafe de Chaya last week, a place that offers a lot of macrobiotic, vegetarian and vegan choices, and ordered their Kabocha croquettes - very good and healthy to boot. I hate places like this - makes my vegan sister's argument that, vegan food can be very good food, even stronger... :)

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                                                                            Waverly SGV RE: bulavinaka Nov 15, 2008 11:47 AM

                                                                            Daisy Mint has a delicious panang prepared with kabocha squash. Mmmmm...

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                                                                            Scootrvil RE: Ollie Sep 4, 2009 01:07 AM

                                                                            I had a really great Pumpkin Punk Tart (a homemade poptart) at Fred 62, but they dont have pumpkin all the time.

                                                                            I would call before heading out there


                                                                            1. DiveFan RE: Ollie Sep 22, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                                              Kroger stores will start carrying Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins soon. Like they can't find canned pumpkin for the rest of the year. Like they actually need fresh pumpkin with all those preservatives. Sigh.

                                                                              Anyone have a recipe?

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                                                                                antonis RE: Ollie Sep 23, 2009 10:45 AM

                                                                                Organic Kabocha bought at Nijiya (or similar Japanese market) can be made into any number of delicious (and easy) dishes. No peeling required.
                                                                                At its simplest, you can steam the whole thing, cut in half, scoop out the seeds and cut in pieces. You can stop here and have a quick snack with some hawaian salt sprinkled on.
                                                                                Or you can simmer in dashi (which means you steamed it just enough to cut, but the flesh is still crunchy) and related flavorings (sake, mirin, shiro shoyu), then serve with black sesame on top (kuro goma) for dramatic contrast.
                                                                                Any decent Japanese cookbook will have variations more sophisticated than this.
                                                                                The point is that it's easy (and cheap) to cook kabocha, which for me is by far the best tasting pumpkin around

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                                                                                  bulavinaka RE: antonis Oct 25, 2009 11:07 AM

                                                                                  I've braised kabocha with buta kukuni with nice results. The pork belly is still the king of the pot, but the kabocha isn't far behind...

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                                                                                  SeaCook RE: Ollie Sep 23, 2009 11:28 AM

                                                                                  My housemate will soon have a pick your own pumpkin patch in La Habra Heights. I will post details when I get them.

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                                                                                    TravelPath RE: Ollie Oct 25, 2009 09:04 AM

                                                                                    Since TJs stopped carrying Double Rainbow Pumpkin Ice Cream a few years ago (and according to my local TJ manager, they will not be carrying it this year)...where can I find it in SoCal...or do I have to make a trip up to the Bay Area with a cooler and dry ice?

                                                                                    1. mollyomormon RE: Ollie Oct 25, 2009 12:28 PM

                                                                                      Pumpkin quark is available at the SaMo farmer's market right now. I bought some yesterday and it tastes like the filling for pumpkin cheesecake. mmm....

                                                                                      1. liu RE: Ollie Oct 25, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                                        Beard Papa's -- the one next to Nijiya Market on Sawtelle in West LA -- had pumpkin filling last night, along with a couple of other flavors that are regularly on their menu. I didn't taste it, but I suppose they will offer it at least through the end of this month.

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                                                                                          conor610 RE: Ollie Oct 25, 2009 04:58 PM

                                                                                          Whole Foods and Bevmo (at least the ones in Pasadena) both carry Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale.

                                                                                          1. J.L. RE: Ollie Oct 26, 2009 10:06 AM

                                                                                            Older post, but it IS that time of year again.

                                                                                            The pumpkin cream puff at Beard Papa's is really, really good. I got mine at the Sawtelle location.

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                                                                                              liu RE: J.L. Oct 26, 2009 01:11 PM

                                                                                              Oooooh, J.L., it sounds good! Now I'm sorry we walked on by!

                                                                                            2. Kitchen Queen RE: Ollie Oct 26, 2009 04:00 PM

                                                                                              If yur into goat cheese, Europane has a really lovely pumpkin quiche with goat cheese right now (Kabocha). Light, fluffy, delicate flavor. I'm not into goat cheese but, if I were, I'd surely love this. Also came in mushroom/cheese. (I ordered it w/o asking about the cheese)

                                                                                              When I lived in Japan, Kabocha was cooked w/soy sauce and sweet Mirin (rice wine) then sliced and eaten cold. Another version is to make a mixture of egg (maybe 2), a little soy sauce, and a little Mirin then pour into a halved and cleaned Kabocha. Steam halves until Kabocha was soft and egg was cooked. Cool and quarter slice. YUM!

                                                                                              Last, saw Dreyers Pumpkin Ice Cream at Stater Bros. last week.

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