How had I not heard about this crisis? Well, we don't watch television in our house except for things like the Olympics, and national presidential campaign debates (and I don't mind sharing how disappointed I was in the first one of those!) Also my closest friends will not be surprised that it took me four years of shortages to run out of canned pumpkin in my pantry...since I am frequently accused of being closely related to squirrels!
Late this summer, I was delighted to be on hand when Trader Jo's was stocking their shelves with...canned pumpkin. Grabbing two cases, I made it the check out stand without being stopped by other customers. Phew. Not even glancing up, much less accusing me of hoarding, the checker rang me up. My cases of pumpkin are safely stored, and a culinary crisis has been avoided for at least another two years.
I am feeling a little adventurous (now that I have secured an adequate stock) and may branch out from my three favorite pumpkin recipes:
1. plain old pie from the recipe on the back of a Libbey's can...not pralined, not cream cheesed, definitely not moussed! With some very good homemade whipped cream.
2. Pumpkin soup with cream cheese, exotically spiced and served with roasted pumpkin seeds.
3. Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
So, if you have a favorite pumpkin recipe, please share it! If I get three or more recipes, I will publish yours and share mine as well.
Here is a close up of the Ice Mice and candy corn in a tub.
Please come by again if you want to see the rest of Honeydukes. It is almost completed.