Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Pumpkin Pancakes


2 1/2 cup Aunt Jermima Original Pancake Mix
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 3/4 cups milk
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil


1. In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil, and vinegar. Combine the dry ingredients, stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.
2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

Try maple pumpkin syrup. Mix 1/2 c. pure maple syrup with 1/2 c. or so pumpkin puree and a pinch of cinnamon. Heat it up until warm. Adds the perfect touch to these pancakes!These are good any season but taste best on cold winter mornings. You can use canned or cooked fresh pumpkin.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

No Bake Pumpkin Pie

This is a very easy pie the base is cooked up on the stove with lots of spices, condensed milk, and egg until thick and creamy. Pumpkin puree is folded in, and then this rich filling is poured into a graham cracker crust. The fridge does the rest. Garnish with whipped cream and candied ginger. Give it a try you will add to your top 10 pie list


* 1 (9 inch) prepared graham cracker crust
* 1 (.25 ounce) package unflavored gelatin
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
* 2 eggs, beaten
* 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree


1. In a heavy saucepan combine gelatin, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. Stir in condensed milk and beaten eggs, mixing well. Let stand one minute, then place on burner over low heat, stirring constantly for about 10 minutes, or until gelatin dissolves and mixture thickens. Remove from heat.
2. Stir in pumpkin, mixing thoroughly, and pour mixture into graham cracker crust. Chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cajun Spiced Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Double or triple this roasted pumpkin seed recipe, depending on how many cups of seeds you have. One large pumpkin will generally yield 1 cup or pumpkin seeds, and smaller pie pumpkins will yield about the same amount. Toss a salad with these seeds, sprinkle over a chicken dish, or serve as a snack.


1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 scant teaspoon Cajun seasoning, or to taste
paprika, for more color, if desired
a little salt, depending on saltiness of the seasoning
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon melted butter or vegetable oil

Rinse seeds well and get as much of the pumpkin pulp off of them as possible. Some of the small pieces are going to adhere, but they won't hurt the seeds at all, and might even add a little more flavor. Pat dry with paper towels. Don't let them dry completely on the paper towels, because they might stick!

Toss pumpkin seeds with seasonings. Combine butter and Worcestershire sauce; stir into seeds until well blended and coated.

Heat oven to 300°. Roast, turning from time to time, for about 45 to 60 minutes, or until nicely browned and crunchy.

How to Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds are a good source of zinc and unsaturated fatty acids which are effective help for prostate ailments.
Cut a fresh, well-ripened pumpkin in half. Remove the membrane and seeds.
Remove most of the pulp from the seeds (leaving some pulp on is okay because it adds to the flavor; for the same reason, do not rinse the seeds.

Heat oven to 300.
Spread 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in a shallow pan.
Sprinkle seeds over oil in single layer.
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over seeds.
Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned; cool.
and enjoy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009


2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups white sugar
2 (3.5 ounce) packages instant coconut cream pudding mix
2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 cups vegetable oil
5 eggs
2 cups canned pumpkin puree

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, pudding mix, baking soda, salt, and spices.
2. Stir the oil, eggs and pumpkin.
3. Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture until just blended.
Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
Remove from oven and let stand 15 minutes, then remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

Try 1/2 cup chopped dates or 1/2 chopped Pecans or both

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The History of Pumpkins

Pumpkins are believed to have originated in Central America. Seeds from related plants have been found in Mexico, dating back over 7000 years to 5500 B.C.
Native American Indians used pumpkin as a staple in their diets centuries before the pilgrims landed. When white settlers arrived, they saw the pumpkins grown by the Indians. Pumpkin soon became a staple in their diets, too. They also brought seeds back to Europe, where they quickly became popular. Just like today, early settlers used pumpkins in a wide variety of recipes, from desserts to stews and soups. In addition to cooking with pumpkins, they also dried the shells and cut strips to weave into mats.
This week I will share some of my Pumpkin recipes try them you will enjoy.


This cookies are yummy give them a try.


1 cup softened butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon orange extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
2 1/2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1 cup dried cranberries


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Cream together butter and the brown and white sugars in a bowl until smooth. Beat in the eggs, vanilla and orange extract.
3. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and pumpkin pie spice; stir flour mixture into the sugar mixture. Add the rolled oats, pecans and cranberries and mix thoroughly. Using a small ice cream scoop or teaspoon, drop rounded scoops of dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until the edges are golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for 1 minute before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 42 cookies

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Columbus Day

The answer to this week Test your knowledge on Columbus
1 Santa Maria
2 1792
3 Trinida
4 3rd voyage
5 Hispaniola

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Autumn marks the transition from summer into winter and when the arrival of night becomes noticeably earlier. Autumn is also associated with the Halloween season. Here in Southern California the oncoming season is hard to fathom. Warm weather has us still craving salads and cold soup. This is a great time to pull out some of my Autumn reciepes and few Halloween party treats. Let have some fun with this year harvest crops and spooky eye ball soup

History of Columbus Day

The first recorded celebration honoring the discovery of America by Europeans took place on October 12, 1792 in New York City. The event, which celebrated the 300th anniversary of Columbus' landing in the New World.
San Francisco's Italian community held their first Columbus Day celebration in 1869. In 1892, President Benjamin Harrison urged citizens to participate in the the 400th anniversary celebration of Columbus' first voyage. It was during this event that the Pledge of Allegiance, written by Francis Bellamy, was recited publically for the first time. Colorado was the first state to observe the holiday in 1905.
In 1937, President Roosevelt proclaimed October 12 as "Columbus Day" and in 1971, President Nixon declared the second Monday of October a national holiday.

Test your knowledge on Columbus

1) Which ship did Columbus command on his first voyage to the New World?

Santa Maria

2) When was the first recorded celebration of Columbus Day in the United States?


3) The Santa Maria was shipwrecked off the coast of this present-day island:


4) During which voyage was Columbus led back to Spain in shackles?

2nd voyage
3rd voyage
4th voyage

5) Columbus declared himself governor of this island:

Puerto Rico

I will post the answers on Columbus day