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RECIPE: Pumpkin Mousse

Don’t want a traditional pumpkin pie for dessert this Thanksgiving? Try our glamorous pumpkin mousse recipe.

Other pumpkin recipe favorites:

Bourbon Pecan Pumpkin Pie
Cranberry Pumpkin Crumble Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin & Habañero Cheddar Soufflés
Pumpkin Cocktail

And these Top Picks Of The Week:

Rossi’s Pumpkin Fettuccini
SuperSeedz Flavored Pumpkin Seeds
Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale

Pumpkin mousse combines the best of both
worlds: the flavor of spiced pumpkin pie with
elegant, creamy mousse.
FOOD FACTS: The Big Pumpkin

The pumpkin is a winter squash, like acorn squash and butternut squash. Winter squash have hard, thick rinds that enable them to stay fresh for up to three months when stored in a cool, dark place. Summer squash are thin-skinned and bruise easily (think zucchini); they contain more water than winter squash. These days, winter squash and summer squash varieties are available year-round.

Take a gander at our Squash Glossary, THE NIBBLE’s most popular article (and out of thousands of articles on, that’s a feat!).

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RECIPE TIPS: Enjoy Thanksgiving With Fewer Calories

Chicago caterer, restaurateur and author, Carlyn Berghoff, provides these calorie-saving tips for the holidays:

-White meat has less fat and fewer calories than dark meat. If you brine your turkey or use the Turkey Cannon, the white meat will be so moist, a dark-meat lover won’t be disappointed.

-With a moister turkey, you don’t need gravy; but instead of heavy gravy, serve the turkey au jus instead.

-Try mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. The consistency is similar; you’ll save on carbs and enjoy the benefit of the high-antioxidant cruciferous vegetable group, of which cauliflower and broccoli are two famous members.

-Instead of a green bean casserole made with butter and/or cream, blanch the green beans, then season them with a thyme and sage vinaigrette. Finish with a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin seeds (see our review of SuperSeedz pumpkin seeds—perfect for the occasion).

-Pie is a no-win situation. Some of THE NIBBLE Editors’ favorite substitutes include baked apple, with a minimal amount of sugar (you can add non-calorie sweetener afterward) and sorbet (look for seasonal flavors like cranberry from artisan producers). Or get a sculpted fruit basket from Edible Arrangements—fruit made so pretty that most people will forget about the pie (or at least, about the second piece of pie).

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GOURMET NEWS: Are You In “Knead?”

Move over, Butterball, there’s a new hotline in town. For the third year, The Crisco Pie Hotline is helping bakers in “knead” of a little pie baking advice. Last year’s most commonly asked questions were:

-“How do I prevent the bottom of my pumpkin pie crust from becoming soggy?”
-“How long can I freeze my unbaked fruit pie?”
-“Can you give me step-by-step instructions for making a pie crust?”

With help from the Crisco Pie Pros, even a beginner can bake a pie with confidence. Just call 1-877-FOR PIE TIPS (toll free), to speak with a live expert about your particular pie challenge, or to ask general questions, including the latest baking and storage tips and time-saving hints—including recorded winning tips from the 2008 APC Crisco National Pie Championship’s amateur champions.


Perfect pies are a call or a click away.

Pie lovers can also visit Pie Central at to find useful videos with troubleshooting tips, step-by-step visual instructions to create delicious pie crusts and simple, yet tasty recipes using seasonal ingredients.

And speaking of Pie Lovers…if you’re not a current fan of Pushing Daisies, an ABC comedy about our favorite pie maker, Wednesdays at 8 p.m., please give it a try. This delightful show about love, supernatural gifts, pies and a weekly murder mystery, is in danger of being canceled! Learn more at and

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RECIPES: An Apple Or Two A Day

, a NIBBLE Top Pick, makes
gourmet candy apples with top notch
ingredients. Read the review.
  Our farmer’s markets are brimming with tempting apple varieties, and we’re enjoying more than one apple a day. Beyond a snack fruit, it’s easy to work apples into daily meals. Here are a baker’s dozen of ideas.

1. Lightly saute apple wedges and serve them with eggs, pancakes, oatmeal and other breakfast foods. Toss in some nuts, raisins and other dried fruits, too. You can serve this dish as a side with dinner as well.
2. Bake apples into muffins and breads.
3. Try a Waldorf salad, the classic apple salad, and go light on the mayo.
4. Make chicken salad with large chunks of chicken and apples. Add walnuts, pecans or almonds.
5. Add thin slices to a ham, chicken or turkey sandwich.

6. Applesauce is a great side with poultry or pork, and homemade applesauce is infinitely superior to the commercial product. We use McIntosh apples (Braeburns or Fujis work, too) and cook them with skins on, which gives the applesauce a beautiful, rosy color. Use a food mill to puree and remove the skins after cooking. Homemade applesauce is also a delectable dessert, with a small stream of heavy cream.
7. Stuff a pork roast with apples.
8. Serve apples with cheese, as a dessert course. Cheddar, Stilton and Roquefort are some of our favorite pairings. For the kids, make Cheddar and apple skewers.
9. Make apple sorbet.
10. Dip fresh apple slices in warm caramel sauce. It’s an adult riff on a caramel apple.
11. There’s nothing better than a warm, homemade apple pie or crumble. Our mother’s is the best (unless your mother’s is). She prefers tart apples like Winesaps, when she can find them, or else Granny Smiths. We prefer streusel to crust, so love to make crumbles.
12. Baked apples are terrific, whether warm from the oven or cold from the fridge. Try them with fresh goat cheese or goat’s milk yogurt, for dessert or for breakfast.
13. Serve an apple dessert course of four or six different varieties of apple. Give everyone slices of each (an apple slicer is helpful here). Discuss the different flavor profiles.

Enjoy apples while they’re freshly-harvested. While apples are available throughout the winter, you’re buying fruit that’s been put in cold storage. It loses its flavor and texture every day it’s off the tree.

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RECIPES: Election Night Cocktails

The Obama Rama.

The Obama Poma.

10 Cane On The Baracks.

The McCane Mojito.

John 10 Cane Punch.

  If you’re planning an election night get-together, the folks at 10 Cane Rum have made it easy to celebrate (or drown your sorrows) with these toasts to the candidates.


A nod to Obama’s home state of Hawaii!
1-1/2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1 ounce Grand Marnier
1/4 ounce orgeat syrup
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup
Garnish: mint sprig & lemon wheel

Directions: Combine all ingredients into mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour all contents into a rocks glass. Garnish with mint sprig and lemon wheel.

Obama Poma
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1 ounce pomegranate juice
3/4 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
Dash simple syrup
Garnish: pomegranate seeds or lemon twist

Directions: In a mixing glass, combine all ingredients. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with pomegranate seeds or lemon twist.

10 Cane On The Baracks
10 Cane Rum
Cubed ice

Directions: Pick out a rocks glass. Add cubed ice. Pour 10 Cane. Sip.


McCane Mojito
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
1 ounce simple syrup
8-10 mint leaves
Splash of club soda
Garnish: mint sprig

Directions: Place mint leaves and simple syrup in the bottom of a tall glass. Press gently with a muddler. Fill with cracked ice. Add 10 Cane and lime juice. Stir gently and top off with soda. Garnish with a mint sprig.

John 10 Cane Punch
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
1/4 ounce pineapple juice
1/4 ounce fresh lime juice
1/4 ounce Grenadine syrup

Directions: Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass or on the rocks with a lime or a flag!


Red, White, & Blue Mojito
2 ounces 10 Cane Rum
9-10 mint leaves
Juice of 1/2 lime
Splash simple syrup
Club soda
5 blueberries
2 strawberries, quartered

Directions: In a mixing glass, combine 10 Cane, mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a highball glass, add fruit and top with soda.


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