I've talked before about how I grew a Cinderella Pumpkin in the garden this year. Usually they are quite large, but mine was about the same size as a pie pumpkin. I decided to cook it yesterday, and I was pleasantly surprised by how very thick the flesh is in this pumpkin. The seed cavity is very small, and although this pumpkin was only about the size of a pie pumpkin, it gave me more puree. Usually, I count on getting between 2 and 3 cups of puree from a pie pumpkin, but the Cinderella gave me a about 4 1/2 c. I saved some of the seeds so I can grow more next year. I think I need to put some compost in the soil at planting time, and maybe my pumpkins will be even bigger. But even if I get small ones again, it is still a large quantity of good quality puree.
I used a cup of the pumpkin in beef and barley stew last night (http://barefootkentuckymama.blogspot.com/2013/01/beef-and-barley-stew.html) and I plan on making pumpkin muffins today with another cup (http://barefootkentuckymama.blogspot.com/2010/09/pumpkin-muffins.html). I need to make a dessert for the church bazaar, so I think I'll make a pumpkin roll with the rest. I really do love cooking with pumpkin, and I've found that there are a number of things I like to use it for!
And yes, I realize that it's Halloween! The boys are excited that they get to dress up for school today. Technically, it is "book character" dress up day, but since Elijah is Harry Potter and Malachi is Hedwig (Harry's snowy owl), they can wear the costumes they plan on wearing for trick-or-treating anyway. I will post more costume pictures this weekend. They have postponed trick-or-treating here until tomorrow night because we are supposed to get some really bad weather this evening. The kids were disappointed, but not too much, since it's just a one day delay. And they won't have to worry about getting to bed at a reasonable time, either, since it won't be a school night. So, Happy Halloween everyone!