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2009 - All things pumpkin

I haven't been feeling the pumpkin urge this year. Maybe it was the flu. Maybe I'm unable to let go of summer.

Also pumpkin seems to be eluding me. Stopped a few places ... nothing pumpkin.

Today I went to buy my pumpkin sausage at the Tuesday El Cerrito farmers market and the vendor wasn't there. I was all geared up for that sausage on a crusty roll ... or sauteed with mashed sweet potatoes on the side. Sigh.

Haven't tried much this year and most of it has be bleh though there were a few good items.

Bouchon Bakery pumpkin macaron - Very nice. I got it at just the correct 'ripeness' ...a slightly crackly shell, soft almost marzipany interior. Three pumpkin seeds decorated the outside, pretty pumpkin color, nice spicing and while I'm not really sure if there was a pumpkin flavor there was the illusion of it with the texture and spicing.

Screamin' Mimi's pumpkin ice cream. Just had a taste as I wasn't really in the mood, but this was very good this year. Nice pumpkin flavor that wasn't overwhelmed by spice

Cheeseboard pumpkin scone - absolutely no pumpkin flavor. Nice color, moist scone though

Jack in the Box pumpkin shake and Starbucks pumpkin latte. I've found over the years it depends on location and luck of who's making it. Sometimes overly sweet othertimes no taste. The latte was fine. The shake had no pumpkin flavor.

Sooooo ... anyone have pumpkin recs

Past pumpkin posts

Pumpkin pie list
http://www.chow.com/lists/edit/572

2008 Pumpkin Thread
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/444273

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Bouchon Bakery
6528 Washington St, Yountville, CA 94599

Screamin' Mimi's
6902 Sebastopol Ave, Sebastopol, CA 95472

Bouchon
6534 Washington Street, Yountville, CA 94599

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    1. Oh wolfie, don't you know who you are talking to? The whole making food thing gives me the vapors.

      However I am still circling and stalking that Galeux d'Eysines pumpkin at Berkley Bowl so I might do something cooking wise. If only they weren't so large.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/663443

      A past pumpkin ice cream thread. IIRC, by the end of it Mitchell's came out on top. I still haven't found anything as good as Mitchell's pumpkin ice cream.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/332978

      Gunther's in Pinole has a lovely pumpkin shake. I should have used my pumpkin shake calories there instead of Jack in the Box
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/457241

      Along the junk lines I'm finding myself attracted to the pumpkin and gingerbread pancakes at IHOP. I have no shame at times ... or taste.

      Beckmann's still remains my favorite pumpkin pie with Bear Claw in Pinole second.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570613

      And though it is only pumpkin-shaped, that pumpkin princess cake at Scandia Bakery in Sonoma is good to keep in mind should I need to bring something for a Thanksgiving dinner
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/566867

      My not very successful pumpkin stop at Fat Apples a few years back.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/39796

      I also need to remember the Spring Hill pumpkin quark
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/40709
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/472460

      I'm a little sorry now I didn't get the pumpkin millet bread at Oak Hill Farm in Sonoma but it sounded so ... healthy. Other pumpkin breads
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/338050

      1. re: rworange

        You might want to wait on the Spring Hill pumpkin quark a bit. They need a new batch, as the stuff I had last week didn't live up to the usual quality. A bit too much spice (obscured pumpkin flavor), may have been less sweet (not that it's super-sweet, but this wasn't at all), and even worse, a grainy, uneven texture, as if the pumpkin hadn't been thoroughly incorporated - not smooth as usual.

        1. re: Caitlin McGrath

          The lemon quark we bought a month ago was nicer than the pumpkin one.

          Pumpkin ice cream at Spring Hill was good.

          1. re: Cindy

            I've liked the pumpkin quark in past years, but this batch was off. The lemon quark is always good IME.

          2. re: Caitlin McGrath

            Got more Spring Hill pumpkin quark, and the texture is correct, but there's something slightly off in the formula this year, a little harsh in the spicing.

      2. It's not seasonal, they have them all the time, but I love the pumpkin chocolate chip muffins at Hopkins Street Bakery in Berkeley.....something I really miss now that I'm on the other side of the Bay.

        1. Ricks ice cream in Palo Alto has some good pumpkin ice cream - really good with a scoop of their industrial chocolate :)

          1. At the Ferry Bldg last weekend, I noticed a sign at Imperial Tea promoting "pumpkin shao mai". Wondering if anyone has tried 'em.

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            Imperial Tea
            1511 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709

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            1. re: Melanie Wong

              The Berkeley location also has them on the specials menu. They were good but not really pumpkiny
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665388#

              I think I need to give up on pumpkin this year and acknowlege that for me, this was the year of the apple. I've had great apples and apple dishes without really trying. While chasing around after pumpkin has yielded little.

              Di Brova didn't show up at the El Cerrito Farmers market on Tuesday and after driving down to the Friday Oakland Farmers market for the sole purpose of buying pumpkin sausage, I learned they don't have them this year. The place they contracted to make them didn't want to bother.

              Scream had sweet potato and coconut gelato, but no pumpkin. The flavor of the sweet potato was more Carribean than ... Autumn.

              Whole Foods Oakland had lots of things pumpkin ... none of which caught my attention. The free sample of the pumpkin pie was ok, but on the bland side. The pumpkin donut holes were a healthy version and there were just too many in the bag to try. They had pumpkin cheesecake, but that is low on my ladder of pumpkin cravings. Didn't see the pumpkin cookies or pumpkin bars.

              Naia Gelato at Whole Foods had a sign for pumpkin gelato ... they just ran out. The butternut squash gelato didn't do much for me.

              However, keeping with this year's theme, Naia's apple gelato is great and the free sample of mulled cider Whole Foods was selling was very good ... especially on a cold, rainy day.

              Lush Gelato didn't have pumpkin on the menu that day. The lady at the shop said she would ask about them making more since it fabulous. Sigh. The pear sorbet is amazing though.

              Forced to finally set foot in Fenton's, the pumpkin was a little too subtle but the other holiday flavor were wonderful. I also found out I really like Fenton's Ice Cream.
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/665395

              There was no nearby parking at John's $1 ice cream and it was raining too hard to walk far.

              And in last ditch desperation, I bought Safeway's pumpkin yogurt ... HFCS be damned. It didn't taste like much ... no spice ... no pumpkin flavor

              I bow to the food gods and will stop trying so hard to seek it out. If pumpkin happens fine.

            2. Marianne's ice cream shop in Santa Cruz has the best pumpkin ice cream I've had. I ate a great pumpkin that was an Australian pumpkin with a pale green skin. It was so sweet that it was great mashed with butter and cinnamon.