"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie."-Jim Davis
It is the beginning of October which means literally everything is made of pumpkins. Everyone's favorite gourd makes up half the freezer section products at Trader Joe's, is in all baked treats imaginable and of course takes over your latte. Pinterest should probably give the pumpkin an award as it's most inspiring vegetable. I, of course, shamelessly fall victim to any kind of pumpkin treat every year. Recently, I discovered one of my new favorite cupcakes: the Jack, at Dallas cupcake shop and food truck, Trailer Cakes. It is so incredibly simple and delicious: pumpkin cake with a cream cheese frosting and a candied pecan. The perfect reminder that you don't need to get fancy when it comes to this fall staple.
If you're feeling inspired, here are a few of my favorite featured pumpkin recipes from the last few years along with a few new ones to try:
Pumpkin fudge brownies
Pumpkin ice cream (note: you really have to be a true pumpkin lover for this one)
Classic pumpkin pie (Every year my mom and I make this and pumpkin bread (similar recipe here) for Thanksgiving and would not dare to change a thing. Some things are best left completely traditional.)
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