It’s Pumpkin Season!

pumpkinsI know, I know. It’s actually been pumpkin season for at least a month now. As soon as Starbucks rolls out their pumpkin spice latte, people go crazy thinking it’s fall. They want to start raking leaves, wearing sweaters and craving other autumnal activities, even if it is still 75 degrees outside.

There is at least one person at my house who goes bonkers for anything pumpkin flavored. It certainly doesn’t hurt that his birthday is on October 31st. So while planning his Pumpkin-Themed Birthday Extravaganza, I began to wonder what kind of pumpkin books we had in the collection. Turns out that we have quite a bit, even besides the expected children’s items. Here are a few that stood out to me…

Carving Pumpkins:
Carving the Perfect Pumpkin [DVD]
Extreme Pumpkin Carving by Vic Hood
Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your Neighbors by Tom Nardone
Carving Pumpkins by Dana Meachen Rau
How to Carve Freakishly Cool Pumpkins by Sarah L. Schuette

Cookbooks:
Holiday Pumpkins by Georgeanne Brennan
Baked Elements: Our 10 Favorite Ingredients by Matt Lewis & Renato Poliafito – (Yes, pumpkin is one of the 10!)
Pumpkins: Over 75 Farm-Fresh Recipes
Pumpkin: A Super Food for All 12 Months of the Year by DeeDee Stovel

Growing the Biggest Pumpkin:
Lords of the Gourd: The Pursuit of Excellence[DVD]
Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Susan Warren

Picture Books for Kids:
Ready for Pumpkins by Kate Duke
The Perfect Pumpkin Hunt by Gail Herman
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? by Wendell Minor
It’s Pumpkin Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
Night of the Pumpkinheads by Michael J. Rosen; pumpkin carvings by Hugh McMahon

Other Items that I’m Sure Have Nothing to Do with Actual Pumpkins:
Pumpkin Teeth: Stories by Tom Cardamone
The Pumpkin Man by John Everson
The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field by Mike Michalowicz
The Pumpkin Eater by Penelope Mortimer
Pumpkin Scissors: The Complete Series [DVD]

Happy Autumn!
-Melissa M.

P.S. Just in case you’re wondering, the Pumpkin-Themed Birthday Extravaganza will begin with pumpkin French toast bake and pumpkin pie smoothies for breakfast. Pumpkin mac-n-cheese will be the lunch special. Then, there will be pumpkin-shrimp bruschetta, pumpkin soup, roasted pumpkin, arugula and dried cherry salad and pumpkin ravioli with sage browned butter for dinner. We’ll finish up with pumpkin tiramisu and a side of pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies for dessert. I also have recipes for a few pumpkin cocktails! ;)

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9 responses to “It’s Pumpkin Season!

  1. lizzy

    Do we get the leftovers? Oh right…there won’t be any!

    • Melissa M.

      I have to confess that the day of pumpkin got off to a rocky start. The breakfast menu happened, but both items could have used some recipe tweaking to make them more appealing to our masses. Major derailment of lunch and dinner followed. So the Pumpkin-Themed Birthday Extravaganza will be expanded out to this whole week instead. At least one pumpkin flavored item per day. :)
      P.S. The pumpkin snickerdoodles are the biggest hit so far, with the pumpkin, shrimp, and arugula bruschetta surprisingly coming in a close second.

  2. This is an insane amount of pumpkinness. This time of year a person starts to see articles come out about how there are more pumpkin/seasonal flavored products than ever, and I think you are the embodiment of that (or he is.) LOL. But where are the Pumpkin Pie Pringles? Hehe

    • Melissa M.

      Steph – It is definitely him, not me. (I confess, I’m actually not that fond of pumpkin!) And Pumpkin Pie Pringles?!? Yuck!

  3. bdallmann

    While I love pumpkin flavored things, there’s a local cafe where I went to college that every fall has a caramel apple latte. Nothing can beat that, in my opinion!

  4. Oh I wish I had had the “How to Carve a Pumpkin” DVD last week! Great blog!

    • Melissa M.

      Thanks! Might I suggest that you put a reminder in your email calendar now for the beginning of next October to remind yourself to check out the DVD? ;)

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