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Oct 16, 2011 08:35 PM

Pumpkin. Humble and beautiful.

An friend made an off side comment to me during a serious conversation. He said nothing good had ever come from a pumpkin. I was deeply offended and challenged. I served pumpkin soup at my wedding many years ago and have wowed several dinner party guests with my pumpkin cheesecake. I am now on a quest to find a fabulous pumpkin recipe to make him eat his words. I wanna know how you elevate this humble food to the pinnacle of fall bounty where it belongs.

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  1. Pumpkin pie?

    Few things are as delightfully wonderful as a simple, basic and well-made pumpkin pie.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I love a very eggy custard made with pumpkin and coconut milk. The pumpkin and the coconut play beautifully together.

      1. re: magiesmom

        as always, magiesmom & i are in agreement...pumpkin custard with coconut milk is a winner.

        even better if you spice it up a bit with ginger & cardamom, and garnish with macadamia or sesame brittle.

        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Do you have a favorite recipe for pumpkin custard with coconut milk? Dare I hope it's dairy free??

          1. re: artemis

            yes, and yes...compliments of fellow Hound TerriL:

            my tweaks:
            - 1 large egg & 2 whites instead of 2 eggs
            - 1/2 c coconut sugar instead of 1/4 c each white & brown
            - arrowroot instead of cornstarch
            - freshly ground cardamom pods...and it's *1/4* tsp, not 14!
            - fresh vanilla bean instead of extract if i have it on hand
            - occasionally i steep whole cinnamon sticks in the coconut milk first, instead of using ground cinnamon
            - sometimes use lite coconut milk instead of full-fat

            for the record, if you already have a favorite recipe that calls for dairy, you can just substitute coconut milk (full-fat or lite) to make it dairy-free. works like a charm.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              omg. SO EXCITING! Thanks!!!

              I presume coconut sugar is something that can be found either at Whole Foods or an asian supermarket?

    2. Stuffed pumpkin is very popular at Casa Gio. I've made Caudia Roden's recipe from her book The New Book of Middle Eastern Food when the book was a COTM and several times after... here's the link to my report:

      Dorie Greenspan has a recipe for stuffed pumpkin called Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good. It was a huge hit for many COTM cooks. Here's that recipe at Epicurious...

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      1. re: Gio

        Yes, both of these ideas are great -- my guess is he's never had a savory pumpkin dish, and is not a fan of sweet pumpkin. If he likes other kinds of squash, I bet these stuffed pumpkin recipes will be a hit. I think simple roasted chunks of pumpkin, tossed with butter, sage, and olive oil, and maybe used to top a salad would also be a good way to convert someone who has only experienced custardy sweet pumpkin.

      2. I just had a 'vision' of pumpkin cornbread. For dessert perhaps? Or as an accompaniment to a tangy soup? I'll have to research this.

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          1. re: sueatmo

            I tried that link and my work filter blocked it as porn!

            1. re: gembellina

              Works fine for me (and it's just a recipe, nothing illicit).

              1. re: gembellina

                I am guessing that the 'girl' in the url triggered the filter. Why don't you copy and paste the link in email, and send it to yourself?

          2. How about pumpkin or acorn squash risotto? Roasted chunks of squash, lots of cheese, yummy.

            1. pumpkin carrot curry soup with a nice loaf of homemade bread.