Leave it to Kate ..
To bring something as truly unique as these
First blush walking into the Eerie Edibles Swap .. “Oh .. how cool .. somebody carved little pumpkins”
Hold the phone
Pause & examine .. This is far from ordinary .. Is there something IN them?
Oh my ..
Wild rice .. cranberries .. almonds .. and sage .. baked in
Upon a completed agreement to trade .. one got their pick of scary faces. I chose one that seemed the happiest .. in the spookiest sort of way ..
Driving home .. The Chef commented .. I hadn't thought of it ..
“Seriously .. Do you realize how much effort carving those little pumpkins had to have been? I mean .. you couldn't puncture the skin & make it work. She did it perfectly”
And so the very next evening .. we just couldn't resist ..
The Chef coated a ham steak in dijon mustard & honey .. grilled it for a few minutes on each side .. (ps: highly recommended .. yum!)
As we scooped our pumpkin & rice mixture out of our spooky friend .. it was like a part of her was there having dinner right along side us
THAT.. was the best part of all
ps: Kate reveals all of her eerie pumpkin making secrets to her blog .. Be sure to check it out!
A bit of Pumpkin Trivia .. Pie Pumpkins vs Carving Pumpkins
Let me tell you .. I've learned a heck of a lot about the pumpkin during this process.
Apparently the best pumpkins to use in cooking & baking are much smaller than the treasures you'd discover in a pumpkin patch. They're called “Pie Pumpkins” and are found at your local grocery.
Aside from their smaller stature (1-2 pounds on average) .. they're closer to a uniform shape and color than a pumpkin used for carving .. their skin is quite a bit smoother as well.
Another difference is their tender flesh .. which makes the cooking process easier. They also have better texture (less grainy) and are sweeter
Contrast this with those found in the pumpkin patch ..
They are designed to make carving easier .. having thinner shells and typically less flesh on the inside. Also .. their flesh is grainier & stringy ..
The Moral of the Story
While many foodie enthusiasts tend to prefer cooking with a pie pumpkin over a carving pumpkin .. never fear .. you still can put your good ‘ol jack o lantern to use
The most common challenge with cooking a carving pumpkin is too much moisture.
So .. after taking out the flesh .. put it in a bowl .. and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours.
This should allow for water to separate .. and you'll be able to drain it off before use