Tag: Serious Eats

Pumpkin Sundays: So You Want to Carve Your Pumpkin?

Hi friends!  Boy I had a lot of stage blood on last night.  The Raleigh Zombie Walk was super fun and I took some pictures.  I’ll post them later this week once I get them sorted and edited.  I know, the anticipation is killing you!

I’ll be carving my pumpkins today, so I figured it would be appropriate to give y’all some resources on the best ways to carve your pumpkins.

Serious Eats once again comes through with their excellent guide, everything you need to know about carving a pumpkin. They’ve even broken things down to a beginner’s guide and a fancypants guide.  Any of the Serious Eats guides are super-useful in terms of how to pick a pumpkin, how to temporarily resurrect your pumpkin should it start to shrivel, and general technique.

Since Martha Stewart is awesome she has a guide to a whole party centered around pumpkin carving.   I am already having a regular ol’ Halloween party, so I decided not to have a pumpkin carving party, but I have been to some uber-fun pumpkin carving parties in the past.  Like this one:

Enthusiasm!

And here is Martha’s general guide to pumpkin carving.

This is what my pumpkins looks like last year.  Or, rather, mine was the creepy bat and Jon’s was the cute owl:

You can see my tin can jack-o-lanterns in the foreground.   I’m still trying to figure out what to carve for this year!  Any ideas?

Both Martha Stewart and Serious Eats have lots of pictures if you need some inspiration.

Of course one of the best parts about carving your own pumpkin is having the leftover seeds to roast!  Serious Eats has a guide to roasting pumpkin seeds as well.  Delicious!

Happy pumpkin carving y’all!

Terribly Tasty Tuesday: Menacing Mains

I like to keep my party guests well fed; I have the Jewish mother gene, what can I say.  My Halloween party spread tends to be more casual and buffet-style than sit down, but I like to provide one hearty main course amid the finger foods to keep my guests satisfied.

Last year I made this fantastic turkey pumpkin chili from SeriousEats.  This is a meal I make regularly because it is so easy and so tasty.  The pumpkin in the recipe ties it nicely into the Halloween theme.  Also if you are looking for something a little healthier this is a great way to do it, comfort food without the guilt! I have some friends who are gluten and dairy free also, and this ensures that everyone can eat the main dish (sorry, vegetarians, there is only so much I can do!)

If you want to stick with the pumpkin theme for your main you cannot do much better than this gorgeous pumpkin soup, served inside a Cinderella pumpkin.  It is one of the featured recipes in Bon Appetit this month.  We’ve decided not to do soup for our main this year, but this would be a fantastic centerpiece to an autumnal dinner party.

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