Breakfast buffet: National pumpkin day
October 26th, 2011
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Crown yourself 'Pumpkin King' and Queen of Halloween Town - October 26 is National Pumpkin Day!

You might traditionally look at October as pumpkin central already, but this fall squash deserves its own day outside of Halloween.

Although we're not entirely sure where pumpkins came from, it's almost certain they first appeared in North America. Pumpkins have long been a part of our culture, from folktales about shadowy ghouls with pumpkins for heads to Jack-o'-lanterns scaring off evil spirits, but they also became a part of early American cuisine as well.

That giant orange fruit translates well into baked goods, casseroles and soups, although you can always take a swig of pumpkin juice or munch on roasted pumpkin seeds. Endless Simmer has 100 ways to cook up some pumpkiny goodness, and Claire Thomas shares ways to cure your pumpkin craving with more than just pie.

Of course, if you're not a fan of noshing on pumpkin, you can always enter a pumpkin chuckin' contest.

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  1. Multi-Tasking @ Work

    Yum.....Pumpkin everything. decorations, pumpkin seeds, ravioli, bread, pie, soup just to start out. the list is endless. wonder if there is a pumpkin martini out there?

    October 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • But Of Course

      I haven't tried it yet, but it sounds good.

      Pumpkin 'Tini
      1/2 oz Sylk Cream Liqueur
      2 oz vanilla vodka
      1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur or pumpkin spice syrup
      1 tsp whipped cream
      cinnamon stick for garnish
      Pour the Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice.
      Shake well.
      Add the pumpkin liqueur or syrup.
      Shake again.
      Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
      Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.
      Garnish with a cinnamon stick.

      October 26, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  2. jillmarie

    I LOVE pumpkin- this is my favorite season! I needed to read this to get over the kitchen horror story article, lol!

    October 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  3. timmy

    pumkin humkin!lol!

    October 26, 2011 at 10:38 am |
  4. RichardHead

    Due to the Texas drought,the majority of pumpkins are being trucked in from GASP-Mexico and California. My orange Holiday has been squashed.

    October 26, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • AleeD@Rich

      I don't know whether to cry at the situation or laugh at your choice of words.

      October 26, 2011 at 9:59 am |
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