Pumpkins

Halloween

October 29, 2021

Halloween

Halloween is a complicated mix of traditions. Its traditions reach back to Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival during which people lit bonfires and wore costumes to ward off ghosts.

Another big influence is All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints Day (a day to honor all saints, set as November 1 in the eighth century by Pope Gregory I), which was later called Halloween. Over time the evening became a day filled with trick-or-treating, carving jack-o’ lanterns, eating treats and wearing costumes.

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Pumpkin Pie

November 15, 2018

Pumpkins earned their name because of their round shape. The English called them “pompons,” which came from the French word “pompom.”

Like many early American dishes, pumpkin pie is a product of indigenous ingredients and English culinary tradition. First cultivated in Central America around 5500 B.C., pumpkins were one of the first foods settlers brought back from the New World. The English quickly added pumpkin to their pie-making tradition, so by 1620, when the Mayflower sailed to the New World, it’s likely some of the Pilgrims were already familiar with these orange gourds.

There’s a very good chance that when the first Thanksgiving was held a year later, pumpkin was on the table in some form. By the early 18th century, Thanksgiving was a well-established holiday throughout New England, and pumpkin pie was part of the feast.

In 1705, Colchester, Connecticut, postponed Thanksgiving for a week, because there wasn’t enough molasses, their sweetener of choice, to make the pies.

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Pumpkin Carbonara

October 19, 2018

The leaves are turning, the mornings have a crisp bite and apple picking excursions are underway. Many of us are ready for autumnal flavors and when you’re drinking your pumpkin spice tea consider making this delicious Pumpkin Carbonara.

Beautiful Autumn

October 16, 2018

Beautiful autumn! The tapestry of autumn is tinged with splendor, as nature sheds its robe of green and garbs itself in the richly textured colors of fall. As leaves begin to turn deep shades of burnt orange, russet, gold, umber burgundy, cooks seek out lavish and luscious seasonal ingredients.

Apples
Pears
Cranberries
Persimmons
Pomegranates
Cabbage
Rutabaga
Turnips
Cauliflower
Beets
Sweet potatoes
Pumpkins
Squash

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Pumpkins

October 28, 2017

Pumpkins range in size from small, creamy white specimens to giant orange globes. Ever so useful as autumnal décor, pumpkins are a versatile and vital source of healthy nutrition.

This festive fall fruit offers a rich source of vitamin C and potassium, both of which may be effective at lowering the risk of heart disease, as well as normalizing blood pressure. The brilliant orange hue of many pumpkin varieties is the result of an abundance of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that transforms into vitamin A in the body. This vitamin may have an effect on boosting the efficiency of immune systems, as well as helping to repair free radical damage to cells.

Pumpkin adds a fabulous, smooth, silky texture and unique flavor to risotto, soup, muffins, cakes, breads, stews, chili, pasta, shakes and so much more. Fresh pumpkin is delightfully delicious and contains an added bonus; pumpkin seeds! Also known as pepitas, roasted pumpkin seeds are lightly crunchy, little gems that are a potent source of zinc, which may be helpful in promoting prostate health.

Pumpkin seeds also offer a significant amount of magnesium, phosphorous, copper, iron, manganese, and omega-3 fatty acids, which may help relieve symptoms of high cholesterol, depression, high blood pressure, and arthritis.

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Autumn In New York City

October 19, 2016

Summer returned to New York City this week. Yesterday, the mercury topped 82 degrees, which is unheard of for mid-October. New Yorkers are soaking up the “July in October” weather, walking around in summer clothing and eating lunch in the parks.

Even though the weather is unusually warm, it’s wonderful to see apartment buildings and shops adorned with autumn decor. Even corner bodegas decorate with pumpkins and and scarecrows. This is one of the things that I love about New York City!

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Pumpkin On A Stump

November 6, 2015

Now, here’s one way to make use of a tree stump. Decorate it with a pumpkin! Or should I say “stumpkin?”

Placing Pumpkins

October 25, 2015

Placing Pumpkins On My Stone Wall This Afternoon. I Love Connecticut At This Time Of Year.

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Pumpkin Plates

October 11, 2015

I picked up four of these cute pumpkin plates today. They’re adorable.

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NYC’s Upper East Side

October 9, 2015

Today I was meeting a chef friend for lunch on the Upper East Side and passed this nice autumn display on 2nd Avenue. What a lovely day in the city today.

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