October 30, 2008
Issue #017


It's great fun to celebrate the autumn season and Halloween. I am often asked, "How do I pick the right pumpkin?" Well, here are a few tips:

Choosing the Right Pumpkin

1. Try to go direct to a pumpkin patch to buy your pumpkin.
2. Buy your pumpkin 1-2 days before Halloween (pumpkins don't last long).
3. Select a pumpkin with a fairly flat bottom and a tall/big stem.
4. Avoid pumpkins with cracks, bruises, or a broken stem.

Click here for some pumpkin carving tips... And then scroll down the page to watch the pumpkin carving video (yes, I've added some cool videos to the site!)

Don't throw out the pumpkin seeds. Roast them and munch on them or toss them in a salad. Boil the pumpkin flesh and make a pumpkin recipe such as pumpkin soup.

Try this easy pumpkin recipe:

Yummy Pumpkin Dip

2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
1 large 30-ounce can of pumpkin
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ginger

Whip together and serve in hollowed out small pumpkin. Serve on a plate covered with black licorice "worms" or any Halloweenish candy such as candy corn. On the side place ginger snaps for dipping.

Click here for more pumpkin recipes and fun Halloween recipes.

If you have your own Halloween recipes that other kids would enjoy, please share them.


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Happy Halloween and Happy Kid Cooking!

Clarissa the Mom Chef
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