A week, devoted to purely pumkin.
Start your engines, folks!
Challenge 1: Pumpkin Tomato Soup
Butter. (I predict this will be a common theme in these recipes...)
Onions. Diced. Oh the tears! I chopped all the onions at once to avoid a battle with the mascara later on.
Celery. Diced. Yum. And then I remembered I recently acquired a mandolin. Post chopping. Its okay, I am a little old fashioned in my craft anyways.
Sweat it all into a beautiful trio. Then add ginger. Making me wonder...what ethnicity is this meal even? Question remains. Pour vegetable broth. Note the spoon (later, we are gonna play a game called what changed in the picture).
Add stewed tomatoes then add ummm oh yeah PUMPKIN!
Game time!!! Try to find what has changed... I seem to struggle with spoons not falling into the masterpiece. Such is life.
End challenge number one. Oh yeah, baby! Some may wonder, so Kirsten, how did it it taste? Well, I must admit, it was a bit of a let down for my first challenge. If I were a wealthy baby and the baby foods I ate included pureed escargot and champagne in my bottle, I might have enjoyed this soup more, but I will go on! There is a world of recipes to conquer and it is my duty. So keep on keeping on.
Challenge 2: Pumpkin Frozen Yogurt (dedicated to my favorite hipster, Krisi)
Greek yogurt? Yes please!
Add milk to this creamy delight.
Pumpkin and dark brown sugar says fall like Christmas decorations at Target says September. It just works.
(Insert chorus of angels here) Pumpkin pie spice. Enough said.
Challenge number 3: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins (dedicated to my parents because they slipped the recipe in my mail, and I'm guessing that was a subtle hint)
Step by step photos out the window... so this picture is titled "mixfloursugarsaltbakingpowderpumpkinpureePUMPKINPIESPICEthenrealizeoopsnodocumentationdang photo".
Eggs. Two of them. Does not matter whether the chicken or egg came first. Does matter that they are cage free, organic, vegetarian fed.
Butter. Dedicated to Saundie, Paula Dean, and all you butter-lovin fools of the world.
Confession: A handful never actually ever make it into the batter anytime a recipe calls for chocolate chips.
End result? Beautiful!
Challenge 4: Pumpkin Butter (My one recipe that is a butter and my only recipe thus far that does not include butter) That's irony my friends. Take notes Alanis Morrisette, because your song is not actually ironic at all.
Pumpkin (surprise! or not...you decide)