pumpkin

Fall is one of my favorite seasons. The leaves change to beautiful colors of yellow, orange and red. I tried to teach my daughter that the reason this happens is because they lose their chlorophyll, but I accidentally said chloroform…..I think I’ve seen way too many Dateline episodes.

Anyway, I figured out that my favorite thing about Fall is everything PUMPKIN! What is it about this round plant-like squash that can make anything better? An amazing pumpkin pie, a delicious pumpkin squash soup and pumpkin even makes beer taste better! My father-in-law was the first in our family to discover PUMKING beer, and it’s actually advertised as “a magical spell that will bewitch your taste buds.” Indeed it does! Just beware because it is 8.6% alcohol………whoo hoo!

Starbucks puts up the sign to let everyone know that pumpkin spice lattes are now available and I immediately know that Halloween is right around the corner. Not to mention pumpkin rolls, cookies, and I even tried pumpkin ice cream for the first time last week at Country Maid Ice Cream in Richfield. Bath & Body Works has a scrumptious smelling candle called “Pumpkin Pecan Waffles” and as embarrassing as it sounds, I could see someone (possibly myself) wanting to take a bite of it.

So to give props to the pumpkin, I have included a delicious recipe for an easy to make pumpkin cheesecake compliments of http://pumpkinrecipes.org that you just have to try if you love pumpkins even a smidge as much as I do.

Pumpkin Cheesecake recipe
As decadent as cheesecake is, it’s one of the easiest baked desserts to prepare. No sifting, no kneading, no separate mixing bowls – just beat all ingredients together and bake until done.

Ingredients:
One 9-inch pie shell
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 eggs
1 ½ cups sugar
¾ cup pureed cooked pumpkin
¼ cup flour
½ teaspoon nutmeg
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, eggs, and sugar together until smooth. Add pumpkin and stir until combined. Stir in flour, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Beat well.
Pour into prepared pie shell and bake 60 minutes. Allow to cool and serve.

What is your favorite pumpkin treat?