Viva la Pumpkin


Mya Mandell, Staff Writer

With fall well underway, people are making a lot of changes: clothes, tastes in music, food choices. 
The mass production of pumpkin flavored foods and drinks may seem a little odd. Why is pumpkin such a craving at this time of year? Well, pumpkins taste really delicious to most people and there are many ways to cook it. 
Some may wonder: how many times can one make the same simple old pumpkin pie? In fact, the limit does not exist. However, if anyone becomes tired of that, here are a few examples of how to ‘spice’ up one’s season.
 A creative way to enjoy some fall breakfast would be :
Pumpkin Pancakes- 
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
1/2 cup pumpkin purée
2 eggs
Step 1: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.
Step 2: In a small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin, and eggs. Gradually whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until fully incorporated.
Step 3: Drop the mixture by tablespoonful’s onto a hot, buttered griddle. Cook for a couple minutes before flipping to cook the other side. Repeat. 
 A simple but tasteful drink during this lovely fall season can be a:
Pumpkin Milkshake- 
1/3 cup pumpkin puree 
1 Tb. brown sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 LARGE scoops vanilla ice cream
6-8 broken gingersnap cookies
1/4 – 1/3 cup milk
Step 1: Simply puree all ingredients in blender and you’re done. 
An interesting dinner involving all these leftover pumpkins could be your not so everyday:
Pumpkin Pasta-
1 lb of Whole Wheat Pasta
1 qt Roasted Pumpkin; cut in to Chunks
1 and 1/2 cups Cooked Du Puy Lentils
1 stick of Butter
1/2 cup Feta Cheese; crumbled
1 large Shallot; minced
1 small onion; diced
4 cloves garlic; minced
1 tbs peeled, finely minced ginger
2 tbs Finely minced Sage
1/4 cup Cider Vinegar
Kosher Salt to taste
Step 1: Cook and drain pasta 
Step 2: Return pot to hot stove, and add butter and cook
Step 3: Add onions and shallots until sautéed
Step 4: Stir in ginger and garlic and cook for about 30 minutes
Step 5:  Remove from heat, and stir in the pasta, pumpkin, lentils, feta, sage and the Cider Vinegar
Step 6: Add salt for taste.
Since pumpkins are such a big craving every season, they can now be used in more exciting ways instead of those boring old recipes to which everyone is accustomed.