A Pumpkin Spice Recipe For National Pumpkin Spice Day

October 1st is National Pumpkin Spice Day. What is pumpkin spice? It’s a blend of ground cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and sometimes allspice (photo #2). It was first used as a seasoning for pumpkin pie. While for many years the baker of a pumpkin pie measured each particular spice from its jar, enough pies were…
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Pumpkin Pie Parfait Recipe–No Cooking Required!

We really like pumpkin pie, and couldn’t wait until Thanksgiving to get our pumpkin pie fix. So on two different days, we went into two different well-regarded bakeries and bought ourselves a slice. We were a bit disappointed with each, because the spices weren’t our cup of tea. One had too much allspice, the other…
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Pumpkin Pie Garnishes: Cookies & Other Pumpkin Pie Garnishes

[1] Decorate with mini cookies and you’ve got a two-in-one dessert—plus a pretty pie garnish (photos # 1, #2, #3 and #7 © Williams Sonoma). [2] These “punches” produce mini cookies from conventional pie or cookie dough. They are available seasonally at Williams Sonoma and elsewhere. [3] Here, the cutouts are used to decorate the…
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TIP OF THE DAY: The Best Squash For Pumpkin Pie & Other Pumpkin Desserts

[1] What’s in your pumpkin pie (photo © Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board)? [2] Pumpkin Tartlet (photo © The Daphne Baking Company [alas, now closed]).   If your only experience in baking pumpkin pie is “from the can,” you have no idea what kind of pumpkin is inside. In fact, it’s probably not pumpkin, but a…
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THANKSGIVING RECIPE: Pumpkin Cream Cheese

What’s for breakfast during pumpkin season? Bagels with pumpkin cream cheese spread! We recently devoured a whole wheat bagel with pumpkin cream cheese at Dunkin Donuts, and are now hooked on this holiday spread. It’s easy to make, with your choice of cream cheese (regular or fat free) or fresh goat cheese. Or, substitute sour…
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