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Off the Stoop and Into the Kitchen

Don’t limit those orange root vegetables to your stoop on Halloween night…. pumpkins are a great cooking delight! While pumpkins are commonly carved and sliced into fun and scary faces, this season try slicing them into something delicious to eat. We have the perfect way to make use of your pumpkins beyond the traditional pumpkin pie on thanksgiving.

Have some leftover pumpkins? Not a problem… there are many different ways to use all the parts of the pumpkin when cooking.  From roasting pumpkins and pumpkin seeds to chopping it up and using it in a variety of dishes.  I would personally recommend adding diced roasted pumpkin to risottos, soups, stews and pastas!  You can also try mashed pumpkin for a replacement of mashed potatoes or squash.  It is always fun to try new things and you will not be disappointed with these bright orange colours and bold flavours!

A fun idea for breakfast is pumpkin oatmeal. First, have your child help scoop out the pumpkin seeds other innards of the pumpkin. Try putting oats, dried fruits, apples, maple syrup, cinnamon and water into the hollowed pumpkin. Cook it for 40 minutes at 375F, and serve it as is on your breakfast table! That way you’ll be able to scoop out some of that delicious roasted pumpkin with your oats, making this the ultimate fall breakfast!


Don’t limit yourself to oatmeal. Last week I made guacamole for my family and I served it in a carved out pumpkin.  It tasted delicious and looked super cute on my dining room table.  This could be done with any dip….. Try it for yourself this fall season!

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Chef Lisa Ruscica

Chief Food Ambassador

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