Glazed Pumpkin Crescents

Glazed Pumpkin Crescents

Yeast.  It makes all my favorite things.  Beer.  Bread. Any other spontaneously fermented goodies.  And yet, it scares me.

Like tempering chocolate, making caramel, experimenting with bread – I’ve had mixed results.  Those yeast guys are just so darned fussy and precise.  Imagine that.

But I think I’ve got the hang of it, knock on wood.  I think I’ve cultivated enough respect and patience to see the results I desire.

So with that introduction, here is a great roll to serve on your Thanksgiving table.

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Nutty Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Nutty Pumpkin Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Perhaps you’re a lovely lady, or fine fella that enjoy the occasional sweet treat.  Perhaps the thought of a fluffy cake-like bar filled with pumpkin, nutty goodnesss, topped with decadent cream cheese frosting… makes you a little weak in the knees.

Or, perhaps you want nothing to do with a sugary snack, but enjoy the idea of sharing baked goods that make the intended think you slaved away all day, as the flour and sweat flew.

Well, here’s the answer friends.

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Soupy Sundays: Pumpkin Bisque & The Start of Pumpkin Mania!

Pumpkin Bisque

Confession – I curse, like a sailor in fact.  I know it’s not ladylike.  I know it’s not classy.  It is in no way how my parents raised me.  I know that should I ever implement a curse cup into my life, some lucky local charity would feel as though they hit the lottery.

This undesirable character flaw rears its ugly head at certain times more than others, as you might suspect.  Case in point, making this soup.

Cutting and peeling a pumpkin.  Seemed pretty straight forward, at least in my mind.  It wasn’t.  Maybe there’s a strategy I don’t know about, a trick, a tool, a special Halloween spell to cast so that the skin magically falls off, I don’t know.  I do know that I cut myself, swore, and generally had a difficult time.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Tart with Streusel Topping

If the idea of cramming a piece of pie or cake into your already overly stretched stirrup pants on Turkey Day isn’t your idea of fun – step into the light my friends.  This tart is just the amount of sweet to curb your sugar cravings, come next Thursday.

A buttery, silky, smooth tart crust provides the home for a sweet and delicious pumpkin filling, while a crunchy topping rounds it out.

A little sliver of this decadent treat is all you’ll need, but I won’t judge if you take a giant hunk and smother it in whipped cream and vanilla ice cream.

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Indian Spiced Pumpkin Bread

Cooking with pumpkin sits high atop the list of reasons why Fall rocks my world, but it always shows up with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.  There are far too many spices out there to settle on the pumpkin pie kind, that’s why I was immediately drawn to this recipe.

A break from the ordinary, this bread is spicy, savory, and delicious.  The curry, cumin, jalapeno and cheese offer a little slice of spiced pumpkin love.

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