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Time to scavenge for pumpkins....

 
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Seems the trend this year was for everyone to buy several small baking pumpkins and heirloom squashes for decorations rather than to carve big pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns. They will all be thrown away between now and Thanksgiving. SO, today I began asking the neighbors (around my mom's house in the NC sandhills... I don't really have neighbors where I live) if they had plans for them or would be throwing them away. So far, none plant to cook them - what a waste of food! So, I asked them to place them at the end of their drive ways when they are through with them and I'll be glad to pick them up. I got some funny looks, but I just answered, "I LOVE pie!" Which, is true. But, I also love pumpkin roasted or dried and added to to soups, cooked with roasted meats... even do a leftover turkey and pumpkin ravioli in sage and butter sauce which is phenomenal! The seeds are also very good soaked in slat water then baked until crispy - better than sunflower seeds. I have some good pumpkin beer recipes, pumpkin bread recipes, pumpkin pudding, savory pumpkin soufflé,... even a chicken soup cooked in the pumpkin itself. Do y'all have any good pumpkin recipes? If not, they make great free chicken feed, too.
 
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I always save pumpkins for my sheep, but my favorite way to cook and eat pumpkin is a chili inspired by this recipe: https://www.thepaleomom.com/recipe-paleo-pumpkin-chili/

I have ended up improvising so much it's almost a different recipe, using different meats or adding lentils or some such. (Texan though I be, I'm no chili purist.)

 
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Harmony d'Eyre wrote:I always save pumpkins for my sheep, but my favorite way to cook and eat pumpkin is a chili inspired by this recipe: https://www.thepaleomom.com/recipe-paleo-pumpkin-chili/

I have ended up improvising so much it's almost a different recipe, using different meats or adding lentils or some such. (Texan though I be, I'm no chili purist.)



That sounds good!  I'm not from Texas, of course.  Funny though, one morning about 15 years or so ago I got a phone call.... "Mr. Carroll, Kinkly Friedman would like your endorsement for governor of Texas."  "Well, umm.... does Kinky know I'm not a Texan?"  "Hold please..."  That iconic gruff voice come on, "Hey hillbilly, I hear you ain't a Texan... well, why the hell not?!"  About a month later, he rolled out his campaign slogan, "Kinky for Governor... why the hell not?"    Coincidence?

Well, I do like beans in my chili.  I usually use pinto, black and red kidney beans, although anasazi and eye of the goat are my favorites.  I love lentils!
 
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Some folks asked me to come back the day after Thanksgiving, but I am already carrying home all I can.... looks like my pumpkin score will be around 50!  All were planning to throw them away.
 
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Also very cool.. one neighbor asked me if I would like some homemade blueberry brandy..... I may have come home with a particularly nice quart!  Who'd a thunk it, this far from my home in the Blue Ridge Mountains?!
 
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A friend of mine put out a request for unwanted pumpkins before Halloween offering to pick them up.  She is using them for goat feed... says her chicken won't touch them.  Another group someone asked for them for her sheep and goats so it seem they don't always go to waste.
 
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Tonight I had a cheese calzone with marinara and a pumpkin mash.... roasted pumpkin scraped out of the shell, with butter, sour cream, garlic, chives, salt and pepper. SO GOOD!!!
 
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