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Chipotle-Pumpkin Seed Butter

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In case you haven’t noticed, the Pope of Peppers re-launched (re-anointed?) the SuperSite as Fiery Foods & Barbecue Central. Everything has been reorganized and it serves as the mothership for our other sites like the Scovie Awards, Dave’s personal blog, our Fiery Foods Show, and, of course, this here lil’ ol’ blog too. Earlier today I was surfing the mothership when I found this great chipotle pumpkin seed recipe just in time for Halloween. It’s an excerpt from Elizabeth Karmel’s Soaked, Slathered, & Seasoned: A Complete Guide to Flavoring Food for the Grill.

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Smoked Pumpkin and Dark Rum Shakes

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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.

Recipe: Smoked Pumpkin Chili

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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.

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Making a Pumpkin Smoker

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Three years ago, I started turning monster pumpkins into smokers for Halloween. Not only was it a good excuse to play with freakishly large vegetables, it was an even better excuse to put an attractive woman into a devil outfit and take pictures for the blog. I also like the idea of food that smokes itself. The basic idea was simple. Clean out the pumpkin, cut holes in the top and bottom, and place it over a small electric hot plate as the basis for the smoker.