Friday, October 31, 2008

Frosted Pumpkin Cookies

Sinfully yummy!!!

1 cup butter softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 cloves
2 cups flour
1tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350.  Cream sugars and butter.  Add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla.  In separate bowl combine dry ingredients and stir.  Add to wet ingredients.
Bake 350 for 10-12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheet.

**warning** this is rich
3tbs butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups powdered sugar

In a small sauce pan bring butter and sugar to a boil.  Continuously stir until smooth.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Combine milk and sugar.

Frost and enjoy.

Oh yeah... don't let helpers lick fingers... you will run out of frosting!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

Penne with Pumpkin Cream Sauce

adapted from: From Everyday with Rachael Ray

1 1/2pound whole wheat penne pasta
2 tablespoons butter
2 tbs dried onion
Salt and pepper
One 15-ounce can pure pumpkin puree
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese, plus more for topping

In a large pot bring salted water to boil.  Add pasta.   Cook as directed on pasta package.  Reserve 1 cup of water from pot.  Drain pasta.  In the same pot add butter and dried onion.  Cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add pumpkin, cream, and cheese.  Heat for 5 minutes.  Add water and pasta.  Salt and pepper to taste.  Serve.  Sprinkle some more of the parmesan cheese!!

This is a rich dish.  If you are a real pumpkin person you are good to go.  If you are not add more salt and you will get a creamy taste.  In the picture I decorated it with parsley.... it was for show it doesn't taste good.   We are the less meat kind of family.  If you are a meat in the main dish type, I suggest ham.  I have tried it once.  It was good.

Roast Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

  • Pumpkin Seeds (washed and drained)
  • Salt 3tbs + salt to season
  • olive oil 
  • optional seasonings (Worcestershire sauce, garlic, or accent salt)


Make cool jack-o-lanterns.
Wash and drain pumpkin seeds.

Pre-heat oven to 400
In saucepan bring 2-3 cups of water to boil with 3tbs salt.
Add pumpkin seeds and boil for 10 min.
Drain seeds well!!
Put seeds on baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Bake 15 minutes or until brown.
Remove from oven and add seasoning to taste.

Let cool and enjoy!!