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Pumpkin season
Vol. 6 No. 7

Pumpkin to start

Coffee Bean Twigs with Sweet Pumpkin Dip is the easiest dip you'll ever make, but it shows off spectacularly with Coffee Bean Twigs from Judy's Breadsticks, above.

Keep The Perfect Bite Co.'s Pumpkin Spice Pastry Kisses (above) handy in your freezer for unexpected holiday guests. Your choice whether to serve these delectable morsels as an appetizer (with a lovely wine or champagne) or a dessert.

Soup with fall flavors

Fabrique Délices's Chorizo adds a spicy kick to Pumpkin Soup with Chorizo and Pepitas.

Toasted baguette slices topped with Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese's blue cheese crumbles are a delicious counterpoint to the creaminess of Pumpkin Soup with Original Blue Toasts, below.

For a variation on this soup, try adding 1/2 teaspoon Fennel Pollen from Pollen Ranch. The pollen is a lighter, more herbaceous flavor than fennel seed. When added to food, you can’t separate out the fennel pollen flavor; it just marries all the flavors beautifully.

Pumpkin on center stage

Pumpkin is very versatile and contains large amounts of fiber, vitamins and minerals. The bright color also gives dishes wonderful eye appeal.

Frittata with Prosciutto, Pumpkin and Scallions, which uses Duck Prosciutto from Fabrique Délices, is a nutritious last-minute meal. (Butternut squash can be substituted.)

Creamy, sweet and salty combine for Penne with Smoked Duck Breast and Pumpkin in Cream Sauce.

Smoked Duck Breast from Fabrique Délices can be on hand in your freezer for many uses. A delicious appetizer tops cubes of duck breast with one of the Cheese Drizzlers from Sonoma Syrup Co..

Toast pumpkin season

Appropriately, Sonoma Syrup Co. has designed a Pumpkin Pie Martini, below, so you can drink your pumpkin pie!

Pumpkin in salad

Pumpkin pairs well with a wide variety of seasonings, in this case cumin and paprika. Spiced Pumpkin, Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad, below, made with Live Gourmet Upland Cress from Pete's Living Greens, can be a welcome break from rich holiday meals.

On the side

For a super simple and tasty way to cook pumpkin (or butternut squash), try Roasted Pumpkin with Balsamic Drizzle, which uses Balsamic Reduction from Mia's Kitchen.

Couscous with Pumpkin and Cauliflower, below, has a couple of little surprise in store: pistachios and Habanero Peach Jam from Diane's Sweet Heat.

Sartain's Menu The Sauce is not for the faint of heart, but if you like some heat in your meals, Spicy Pumpkin Seed Stuffing will suit you perfectly.

The pleasing sweet heat of Ojai Jelly's Zingy Cranberry Sauce served in a pumpkin shell, below, will pair deliciously with your holiday turkey.

Pumpkin at the finish

Although Redwood Hill Farm & Creamery's Green Valley Organics line was developed to meet the needs of those who are lactose intolerant, these yogurts, kefirs and sour cream are so tasty that anyone will love them -- especially in Sour Cream Pumpkin Bundt Cake, above.

Dried figs soaked in rum takes pumpkin bread to a whole new level. Vally Fig Growers gave us this recipe: Pumpkin Bread with Rum-Soaked Figs.

Pumpkin Pecan Spice Fudge is from Bella's Confections' Seasonal Collection. delicious butterscotch fudge with pumpkin and pecans.

Pumpkin Cheesecake is a classic. Pumpkin Fromage Blanc Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust, above, is Bellwether Farms' gourmet recipe.

Bo's Best Pancake Mixes provides a shortcut for Ginger & Spice Pumpkin Cake. This recipe can be varied by using cooked sweet potatoes, fresh blueberries, sliced apples, or bananas.

Maisie Jane's California Sunshine Products suggests jazzing up an ice cream pie with chocolate-covered or chocolate toffee almonds: Pumpkin Ice Cream Pie with Chocolate Almonds.

A creative way to present a pumpkin dessert is to change the crust. Pumpkin pairs so well with different flavors. In the case of Pumpkin Custard Torte with Chocolate Biscotti Crust, above, Hottie Biscotti suggests using crushed Hidden Allure (Chocolate Orange) Biscotti.

Anyone who has had to pass on pumpkin pie because of lactose intolerance, can rejoice about Meyenberg Goat Milk's recipe that calls for condensed goat milk: Meyenberg Pumpkin Pie.

Sauce Goddess tells us that their Moroccan Twist spice blend is "awesome in place of pumpkin pie spice."

Creamy pumpkin custard layered with Donsuemor Madeleines makes a dramatic Pumpkin Tiramisu, above.

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