Written by Rose
I grew up in Bucks County, PA, where Fall means miles of misty horse farms, crisp mornings, corn fields, weekends of craft festivals, apple cider, corn mazes, and of course the annual excitement of homemade Halloween costumes and roaming our hilly neighborhood with a group of friends and pillow cases (which would come home half-full with candy and other treats).
But there’s one thing that is iconically “Fall” for me: the pumpkin.
My Dad grew pumpkins in our garden for as long as I can remember (and corn too, from which I always created corn stalk bundles to decorate our front entrance).
There were competitive pumpkin-growing contests among my Dad, my brother and my grandfather; each with their “top secret method” until the day of the weigh-in and award of the “silver cup”. And, there were the tragic years when colossal, award-winning, garden pumpkins would turn out to be foiled by mice who had eaten in from underneath!
My Mom, friends and I would carve jack-o-lanterns every year (even the really cold years) and to this day I have vivid memories of cold, slimy fingers full of “pumpkin guts”- seeds and pumpkin pulp- as we worked frantically outside trying to carve our pumpkins before losing the light of day…or freezing our hands!
Soon, we’ll continue the tradition as we do every year at our house and line our porch steps with our jack-o-lantern creations. We’ve got some fun ideas this year that will make even Martha Stewart scream! (more on that in a future post)
In a close runner up to pumpkin picking and carving jack-o-lanterns each Fall is my anticipation of my first batch of Pumpkin Soup. It’s perfect for chilly evenings with salad and good, crusty bread.
Rose’s Favorite Pumpkin Soup
(*mushrooms optional; I also use about half the recommended butter and only maple syrup to taste, top with swirl of sour cream or crème fraiche. NOTE: Make sure you use pure canned pumpkin and not canned pumpkin pie filling.)
What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? Or, if you’re anti-pumpkin, what’s your favorite Fall recipe? Adding to Emily’s fun post from her Halloween party food, and my favorite pumpkin soup recipe, above, let’s see how many Fourtuitously Great Recipes for Fall we can share together.