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Pie Pumpkins

Pie Pumpkins become sweeter with a frost: 
October 20 - November 27

These are the delicious pumpkins, the ones that make tasty pies, soups, purees, and mashes. Unless I need to get a meal done in a hurry, I never start by peeling or cutting the pumpkin. I usually just wash it and roast for 30-40 minutes until it's pretty soft, take it out of the oven, let it cool for a few minutes, cut it in half, remove the seeds and scoop out the flesh, which if mashed, is basically the same stuff as is in the can of Libby's. But fresh. Which sounds like some work, but it's not much actual work, all of the time is passive while it cooks in the oven.  You could do this a day ahead, cooking tonights dinner while tomorrows pumpkin is in the oven.

     You could take the pumpkin mash and add butter, salt, and a little spice and serve it as a side to any roasted meat or put a dollop in the bottom of a bowl and pour soup over it.