Pumpkin barbecue sauce. Hit your tailgater buddies or the costumed drunks at your next Halloween party with that idea and see what they think.
Pumpkin-infused dark rum is pretty out there, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. Overall, I liked the way it came out but make sure you don’t overdo it on the pumpkin. Too much of it and you’ll lose most of the rum or have to squeeze it out! This time, I made milkshakes with it at a friend’s party. The hardest part? Meeting demand. I made alcoholic milkshakes for ten people before I ran out. Here are the recipes for both the smoky pumpkin-infused rum and the shakes that followed.
I also raised sugar pumpkins from seed, coaxing a dozen good ones from some top soil in the Los Angeles heat. There’s plenty more harvesting to be done, but if the early Halloween candy at my supermarket is any indication, fall is looming just up ahead. That’s why my first experiment with all this bounty is smoked pumpkin chili.
Candied yams being a regular cast member of holiday dinner, I like to play around with them each year. Not like some creepy herbophile, just so we’re clear. I like to change them up when I cook ’em. We did Thanksgiving in a Southwestern theme so I had to find a way to make them fit. The solution: Kahlua, baker’s chocolate, and ground red pepper to set off all of that sweetness. And, coincidentally, keep the little kids from eating them all before the grown up kids had a chance to grab a bite.
Thanksgiving leftovers are a unique blend of challenge, art form, tradition and gluttony. I usually go for the classic melange of meat, taters, gravy, stuffing, and cranberry sauce twixt two slices of bread, but this year, I’m branching out with turkey enchilada hot dish.
You don’t want turkey or even turducken – a turkey stuffed with a duck and a chicken – for Thanksgiving but you want a spectacular meal. How about a pork loin roast?
Thanksgiving is fast approaching but you’re not a big fan of turkey so you need an alternative to the traditional cholesterol laden feast. Forget the turkey, the gravy, lumpy mashed potatoes and green bean casserole with cream of mushroom soup. Instead enjoy pan-seared duck breasts with a Cajun mustard sauce. Serve with apple-cornbread “stuffing,” and sautéed green beans and peppers.