The Skanky Pumpkin

I don’t know what it is about the pumpkin, but it seems to be making its way into kitchens everywhere, mine included. Who can resist the pretty orange color, roasted seeds, and sweet or savory delights the pumpkin so willingly gives us? Not me! This October marked the first time I ever roasted my own pumpkin. I used to walk right past bins of sugar pumpkins at the farmers’ market, but the thought of using canned pumpkin puree for holiday treats this year made me shudder. What did I discover? Roasting pumpkins is easy and fun! Plus, you can make savory (or sweet) snacks from the seeds! The pumpkin might be skanky, but I love it anyways.

Before I moved to Portland, I had a job working at a local wine shop in Pennsylvania… Funny, considering I don’t drink alcohol, but whatever. During the fall months, we always had a crockpot with mulled apple wine for customers to sample. One nice lady commented on how the mulled wine would pair well with pumpkin squares she makes every Thanksgiving. “Pumpkin squares?” I asked. “Oh, I must bring you the recipe! They are so good!” the nice lady replied. And guess what?! She came in the next day with the recipe written down for me! She totally deserved a Customer of the Year award.

The recipe ended up becoming a favorite of mine, but I stopped making them when I went vegan, and then completely forgot about them – until a few weeks ago. I veganized the recipe, but my method of recipe adaptation/creation never involves writing stuff down. I need to work on that. Anyways, once I make them again and write down the changes, I will share the recipe.

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10 thoughts on “The Skanky Pumpkin

  1. looking forward to reading about eet! they look scrumptious, those skanky things.
    also: good to see not all people/customers have to suck. there should be more of them.

  2. I just woke up and am getting ready for a big glass of coffee and sure do wish I could be drinking it with one of these babies! I roasted a ton of pumpkin this past week, so I think you really should post that recipe, you know, to help me move the pumpkin!

  3. This year was the first time I roasted a whole pumpkin at home myself too. Actually, this was my first year of cooking with pumpkin and I really enjoyed it. Sadly, I got one last week, but there were none to be found at market this week. I am hoping our local grocer has some of the local yummies.

    Those bars look SO GOOD. I can’t WAIT for the recipe, those have my mouth watering. I bet they would go great with tea.

  4. Wow, I don’t think anyone could resist a treat if its name is “Skanky Pumpkin Squares.” Love it! And I am having a me too! me too! moment with you: (1) I don’t drink alcohol either, and (2) This month I roasted a pumpkin for the first time too. Yay! Can’t wait for your recipe.

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