Sweet and Sneaky Ways to Eat Your Veggies: Pumpkin

aka “The Best Thanksgiving Vegetable”

pumpkin custard


At Thanksgiving, I usually serve myself a two-bite slice of turkey, a tablespoon of mashed potatoes, and three green beans. (Okay, slight exaggeration.) Then, while everyone else complains of stomach cramps and food comas, I still have plenty of room for dessert and get first dibs on the pumpkin pie!   Continue reading for recipe.


January 28, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Delicious Desserts. 24 comments.

Pumpkin Pie for Breakfast!

pumpkin pie pancakes

Last Friday morning, my internal alarm clock buzzed a little earlier than my electronic one, so I hopped out of my steamy shower with some extra time to spare. After the chilly weather that blew into town, my bones begged for a hot breakfast to warm them up. I nixed my usual bowl of oatmeal and reached for milk and flour instead.


Within 10 minutes, my skillet of pancakes filled the house with their toasty sweet aroma, encouraging my guy to stumble into the kitchen rubbing his eyes and ask for the leftovers. Since I only mixed up enough for me (he rarely wakes up before I leave in the mornings!), I promised him another batch over the weekend before riding off to work.   Continue reading for recipe.

November 13, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss, Midweek Meals. 11 comments.

A Celebration of Life

pumpkin scones

On my way into work, I biked past countless jack-o-lantern graveyards. People lay the pumpkins down to rest on the edge of the street after they valiantly served their purpose last Wednesday night, flickering to light the porches and welcome hungry trick-or-treaters.


Some people paid the pumpkins very little respect, barely noticing as they molded or laughing as passing cars squashed them to pieces. Determined to properly appreciate these poor pumpkins, I decided to bake their departed cousins into a sweet treat to celebrate their lives, even after their deaths.   Continue reading for recipe.

November 6, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss. 4 comments.

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Desserts: The Footnote

Somehow, after baking a pie, cheesecake, and cookies, a mound of unused pumpkin still sat in a tupperware container in my fridge. Granted, it was a rather small mound, less than half of a cup, but still… You’d think I’d have used it all up! (Especially since I made both the pie and a second cheesecake for Thanksgiving #3…) As it taunted me, the expiration dates of a few other ingredients begged to be used too. And who am I to refuse a baking opportunity?   Continue reading for recipe.

November 30, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss. 4 comments.

No Pie on Thanksgiving: The Epilogue

I caved. I couldn’t have Thanksgiving without the pumpkin pie; the table looked naked without it. But because I promised that I’d make three untraditional pumpkin desserts, I dreams up two creative twists for this year’s pie.   Continue reading for recipe.

November 26, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss. 2 comments.

Skipping the Pumpkin Pie: The Sequel

Yesterday, I celebrated Thanksgiving #2. I thought I’d simply fulfill my role as dessert chef and the dinner would be just as low-key as Saturday’s. Boy, did I learn not to count my turkeys before they hatched…   Continue reading for recipe.

November 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss. 2 comments.

A Pie-Less Thanksgiving

I love the Pilgrims who held the first Thanksgiving, especially those who continued the feast year after year. What other holiday calls for celebrating by bustling about the kitchen, cooking and baking all day? Thanksgiving and I were a match made in heaven.   Continue reading for recipe.

November 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Baked Bliss. 8 comments.