Pumpkin season, otherwise known as fall, is in full swing! This time of year is my favourite and not just because my birthday is around the corner. It is all about the colours! Here in Edmonton, everywhere gets golden highlights, back in the Maritimes fiery reds and oranges take over. One fall tradition that gets bigger every year at our place is carving everyone’s favourite October fruit, pumpkins. Keep reading to learn about our pumpkin carving & food that we made from it.
When JC and I first moved in together and celebrated fall, our pumpkin party tradition was born. It started the first year as I was carving my pumpkin. As I took all the pumpkin innards out, JC would disappear with them into the kitchen. Just as I finished my masterpiece, JC brought out a plate of roasted pumpkin pasta. My mind was blown. Yes, I knew that pumpkin was edible (pumpkin pie is amazing!) but it never occurred to me to use my Jack-O-Lantern leftovers for eating purposes. Every year after that I would invite more friends to come over and carve pumpkins. More scraps meant more delicious creations by JC!
This year was our largest gathering yet, so JC roasted a full pumpkin ahead of time. The first course was Roasted Pumpkin and Beets with Honey Butter. Next was Pumpkin Gnocchi with Cambozola Cream Reduction and Pancetta Medallions. For dessert, he made mini Pumpkin Spice Waffles. Everything on the menu was gluten-free. We ended the night with five spooky Jack-O-Lanterns and full bellies.
What fall traditions do you have? Do you save all your pumpkin scraps and make delicious treats too? Share your comments below or tweet at me here!
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