FALL RECIPES (Including Halloween and Thanksgiving) - The Health is Wealth Cookbook

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Learn how to roast/bake/steam your own pumpkin pulp for pies, make pumpkin soup, muffins, bread, cookies, and more!

Homemade Pumpkin Pie
2 cups of mashed pumpkin pulp
1 1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs plus the yolk of a third egg
1 1/2 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (store-bought or use recipe below)
1 pie crust

In a bowl, mix together the sugars, salt, and spices. Beat the eggs and add to the mix. Stir in the pumpkin purée and cream. Whisk all together until well-mixed. Pour into pie shell and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes, then reduce oven to 350 degrees and bake 40-50 minutes, or until a knife in the center comes out clean.

Sugar pumpkins are the kind to use for pumpkin pies and baking. The big ones used for carving are tougher with less flavor.
Homemade pumpkin pulp is more watery than the kind you get in a can. You can either squeeze some of the water out with cheesecloth, or use a towel but know that the towel will be stained orange, or you can use coffee filters too...
Or you can bake some of the water out by spreading 2 1/2 cups of the pulp on a pan and bake it in a 275 degree oven for 40 minutes, or until half what it was. Stir a few times during the process. Cool before using in recipes.
You can keep fresh pumpkin purée in the refrigerator for about 3 days before using or you can freeze it up to 3 months. To use the frozen pulp, defrost it in the refrigerator for a day before using and then strain through cheesecloth before using.

Baked Homemade Pumpkin Pulp for Pies
Cut a small-medium sized pumpkin in half, and then scrape out all the insides (seeds, etc.). You can then place the halves in a roasting pan with a little water in the bottom of it, and then bake it at 350 degrees (some people also recommend cooking at 450 degrees) until the pulp is soft. Then you can just scrape the pulp out. Another way to cook the pumpkin halves is to place them cut side down on a baking sheet and bake them that way. You can also supposedly just bake a whole pumpkin by poking a few holes in its skin with a knife or fork, then baking it at 350 degrees until soft (poke it with a knife to see how soft it is).

Stovetop Homemade Pumpkin Pulp for Pies
Another way to make pulp is to cut the small-medium sized sugar pumpkin in half, and then to scrape the insides out (seeds, etc.) then to cut the pumpkin (leave skin on) into pieces. Put a few inches of water in a pan, then boil the water, add the pumpkin pieces, cover, and simmer/steam until the pulp is soft. Once soft and removed from the pan, just scoop the pulp out of the skin. You should be able to mash it with a fork, or you can use a potato masher.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix together 2 t cinnamon * 1 t ground ginger * 1/4 t ground nutmeg * 1/4 t ground cloves * 1/4 t ground cardamon * 1/2 t grated lemon rind
Store in an airtight jar and use when needed for pumpkin pie, baked goods, etc.

Feeding Vegetarians and Vegans In Your Family For The Holidays
I cannot count the times I hated holiday family dinners as a vegetarian. Each time my family acted like they had just found out I was a vegetarian! Even after years and years, no effort was made to accommodate my dietary preferences. It was instead sort of vengeful, as if having nothing to eat at those gatherings was my punishment for eating vegan or vegetarian foods. If I was going to eat like that, family members would scold, then I needed to just accept I could not eat food at family gatherings. This article was written for both the vegetarians and vegans who have been going through what I have just described for years with their family, but also for those family members who would like to show some extra care, as a gift, to their vegan and vegetarian relatives and guests. Feel free to forward this article to relatives. (Read More...)

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