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14 Best Winter Squash Varieties For the Italian Kitchen Garden

Love cooking Italian food? Winter squash is one of the more important vegetables to Italian cuisine. The tastiest traditional Italian winter squash varieties aren’t available in-store however, so you need to either grow them yourself or find them at select farmers’ markets. With this guide, I’ll help you discover the best Italian squash varieties, and …

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Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini

This fall, cozy up with a warming twist on a classic cocktail. A great little pick-me-up for rainy days, this pumpkin spice espresso martini is the perfect combination of intense espresso, boozy vanilla vodka, and homemade pumpkin spice simple syrup. Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Ingredients Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup A normal espresso martini has just …

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Chicken Pipián Verde: Pumpkin Seed Green Mole

This classic Mexican pumpkin seed and tomatillo sauce, sometimes referred to as green mole or mole verde, is tangy, herbal and a little spicy. The pipián sauce is a rich blend of pumpkin seeds, spices, tomatillos, and roasted poblano peppers. Once the sauce ingredients are pureed in a blender, it is then briefly simmered with …

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Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

Whether you’re carving Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween or roasting squash for a Winter comfort dinner, don’t throw out the seeds! Roast them up with some aromatic spices for a healthy Fall-flavored snack, or a garnish to many Mexican dishes. Jump to: RECIPEWhich Pumpkin Seeds Are Edible?Pumpkin Seeds vs PepitasHow To Remove and Clean Pumpkin Seeds Which …

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Calabaza en Tacha (Candied Pumpkin) Recipe

Calabaza en Tacha (aka candied pumpkin) is one of the traditional treats served on Mexico’s Day of the Dead Celebration, “Dia de Muertos”. The flavor is similar to what is served in the US as candied yams or sweet potatoes, but the key ingredients to this Mexican recipe include piloncillo syrup, cinnamon sticks, orange peel …

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Slow Cooker Turkey Chili with Squash & Beans

Slow-cooker turkey and butternut squash chili is the perfect dish to make for cold nights, especially if you’re looking for a tasty way to use leftover turkey from Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect balance of sweet, spicy and smoky. Jump to: RECIPEIngredients & SubstitutionsHow to Get Smoky FlavorIllustrated Step by Step This post may contain affiliate …

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10 Best Heirloom Squash Varieties for Flavor

Heirloom squash often taste better than hybrid varieties, which have been grown to look pretty or ship well. This guide will help you grow or cook with the best of them, distinguishing which are best for soup, desserts or baked pumpkin seeds. Like heirloom tomatoes, heirloom squash are distinctive in flavor, color and uses! Jump …

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Homemade Pumpkin Butter Recipe: Big Batch in an Oven Roaster

There is no better Fall breakfast (in my humble opinion!) than rich, velvety pumpkin butter slathered on toast with a cup of coffee. This homemade pumpkin butter is made with apple cider, aromatic spices, sliced ginger and a bit of orange liqueur. A video of how to can it for holiday gift giving is included. …

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Low Carb Stuffed Squash Blossoms without Frying

Stuffed squash blossoms are not hard to make! Here is the “how-to” on cleaning, storing, baking or frying stuffed blossoms. The recipe below is for baked blossoms stuffed with ricotta and Swiss chard (no frying). Enjoy! Jump to: RECIPEStuffing IngredientsHow to Clean & PrepHow to StorePan FryingBest BatterBaking or RoastingDips & SaucesMale vs Female Blossoms …

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Pumpkin Pancakes: Stovetop or Sheetpan for a Crowd

Some of the tastiest Winter squash varieties are gigantic, resulting in leftover pumpkin/squash puree after cooking. What to do with it? Make some delicious, savory (or sweet) pumpkin pancakes! Pumpkin pancakes work equally well with canned pumpkin. Bonus: you can make them in a skillet or baked in a sheetpan. Jump to:RECIPESavory vs SweetTips for …

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Brazilian Shrimp in Pumpkins – Camarão na Moranga

Camarão na Moranga (Shrimp in Pumpkin) is a creamy seafood stew from Brazil beautifully served in a colorful pumpkin. Traditionally it would be served in a pinkish heirloom variety of pumpkin called Moranga (see photo below). If you can’t find this variety however, an orange baking pumpkin will work just fine. The flavor and the presentation …

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Creamy Mexican Pumpkin Soup with Smoky Ancho Peppers

Pumpkin Ancho Soup, whether made with small pie pumpkins, butternut squash or any of the heirloom squash varieties is a creamy, hearty soup, spiced up with smoky ancho peppers to enhance the cozy warmth. Jump to: RECIPEBest Squash for SoupSubstitutions for IngredientsRoasting vs Slow CookerFreezing Which Squash Varieties Make the Best Soup? The main thing …

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Low Carb Lasagna in Spaghetti Squash Shell

Unlike many of the winter squash varieties, spaghetti squash does not pack in the carbs and sugar.  It is a great foil for pasta when modifying dishes to low carb, as in this low carb lasagna. Watch out for sugary tomato-based pasta sauces however.  Make your own homemade tomato sauce if you have time and …

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