Thursday, September 24, 2009

For the love of Pumpkins

My favorite taste of the Fall season is pumpkin, so I will be posting many recipes featuring this delightful vegetable.

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cake,pumpkin cookies and bars, pumpkin soup, pumpkin spice flavored lattes, pumpkin Blizzards just like Dairy Queen and even pumpkin fudge!

In a couple of weeks, I will be visiting Bandy's Pumpkin Patch here in So. Illinois with some family members that have small children.

We will not only pick out our own pumpkins for decorations and cooking, but will also enjoy a hayride and will walk through a giant corn maze and the kids will also enjoy play time in the barn.

I can't wait.

But until then, one of the most perfect ways to kick off the season is to enjoy a cup of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

"a delicious blend of pumpkin and traditional fall spice flavors combined with our signature espresso and freshly steamed milk, and topped with whipped cream and pumpkin pie spices." According to their website,

Go to to find a host of recipes to make your own if you find that nearly $5 for a cup is a bit over the top!

What is your favorite Autumn flavor? What recipes to you enjoy cooking most during this season?

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  1. It's too hard for me to choose...I love everything Autumn!! I have to go check out that recipe, though...I need some :D

  2. I adore Autumn. And pumpkin. And apples - I can't wait to have some nice hot cider and donuts. I also love that people quit looking at me weird for using my crockpot - it's time for taco soup, chili, and "fall in a bowl", which I just may make next week.

    Yes, I think this is my favorite time of year!

  3. Years ago Bob and I went to Oregon Illinois during their Fall Festival, and I had hot cider for the first time. I LOVED it.
    Now I make it in the crock pot with cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, allspice...I love the taste and the smell.

    I hate to admit it, but I don't know how to cook fresh pumkin. Would you be willing and able to explain here on your cooking blog?

  4. Helen- go here.

    They explain it well.

  5. Pumpkins are one of mine too, apples and butternut squash too!