Holiday Pumpkins
A Collection of Recipes, Gifts, and Decorations

Holiday Pumpkins
by Georgeanne Brennan and Jennifer Barry
Ten Speed Press, 2003

No other vegetable symbolizes a season as strongly as pumpkins. Spinach and greens are common in spring, and tomatoes and corn may be associated with the hot summer months, but pumpkins are a picture of autumn.

This pumpkin book is filled with 30 recipes and 30 decorating projects, all made with pumpkins and all associated with autumn and its holidays.

Native to the New World and cultivated for centuries, the pumpkin is a versatile winter squash that's easy to grow and stores well. If placed in a cool, dry place it will keep for months and provide the base for pies, soups, and stews deep into winter.

"Pumpkins have a mild flesh that lends itself to both sweet and savory treatments," the authors of Holiday Pumpkins explain. "In soups and stews, it takes on the flavor of broth and herbs, while in pies, cakes and breads, it contributes moisture, lightness, and color and marries well with spices such as cinnamon, ginger, mace, and nutmeg. In savory dishes, sauteed or baked pumpkin is a ready companion to complementary ingredients such as cheese, butter, herbs, rice, and pasta."

In addition to the recipes for old standards like Roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Bread, this collection includes some unusual dishes like Baked Pumpkins Stuffed with Sausage and Sage, Honey-Grilled Pumpkin Slices, Pumpkin Blossoms with Goat Cheese Filling, Pumpkin Flan and Scalloped Pumpkin and Potatoes.

The crafts range from simple and familiar Painted and Appliqued Pumpkins and Woodcarving Jack-O'-Lanterns to Pumpkin Wreaths, Pumpkin Candle Holders, a Pumpkin Vase amd a Pumpkin Harvest Swag.

Illustrated with color photos, this guide will help incorporate pumpkins -- and the harvest season -- into meals and home decor.

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Holiday Pumpkins
A Collection of Recipes, 
Gifts, and Decorations.

List of Crafts

Tabletop Pumpkins
Pumpkin Candle Holders
Pumpkin Place Cards
Pumpkin Soup Tureen with Mini-Pumpkin Condiment Bowls
Pumpkin Vase
Three Pumpkin Centerpieces

Outdoor Pumpkins
Hanging Mini Monsters
Parchment- or Tissue-Lined Jack-O'-Lanterns
Pumpkin Harvest Swag
Pumpkin Wreath
Wood-Carving Jack-O'-Lanterns

Pumpkins for Kids
Halloween Cookie Tree
Painted and Appliqued Pumpkins
Papier-Mache Trick-or-Treat Baskets

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