Does chilly weather make you want to sip hot apple cider with cinnamon in it? You aren’t alone. Fall brings with it delicious comfort foods—including pumpkins. Halloween is over, but Jack-o-lanterns are just one way to celebrate with pumpkins. Thanksgiving feasts traditionally feature pumpkin pies for desserts. According to Pumpkins by Anne L. Burckhardt, “Cookies, bread, and soup can be made from pumpkins. The seeds can be toasted for a snack.” So, there are a multitude of fall treats that we can create from this orange gourd. What if you have no idea what to make or how to make it?
This is a library blog, after all. So, I’m going to direct you to fact books (non-fiction). For a recipe to make pumpkin-corn sauce, look in the children’s area for Food and Recipes of the Native Americans by George Erdosh. In that same section, you can learn how to make pumpkin soup like the colonists did. The recipe is on page 28 of Hasty Pudding, Johnnycakes, and Other Good Stuff. To bake a delectable pumpkin pie, follow the directions in Betty Crocker Complete Thanksgiving cookbook : all you need to cook a foolproof dinner. Enjoy the goodness of warm pumpkin treats, and may what you find in you library allow you to celebrate a joyous fall.
Anna Francesca Garcia earned her Master of Library and Information Sciences Degree from the University of North Texas. She has worked for over eight years in public libraries in Nevada and Missouri. Currently, Anna is the Outreach Education Librarian for the Kansas City Public Library. She enjoys theatre, poetry, and the antics of her five-year-old daughter.