Have you fallen into fall yet?
Every year it’s the same. The first cool, crisp evening, a little patch of gold-tinged leaves, a glimpse of pumpkins piled high at the market or a noisy flock of Canadian geese, honking their way south – all these things put me in a autumn-state-of-mind, and send me into a tailspin of new culinary ideas. As much as I love sun-ripened tomatoes, berries of every variety, watermelon, bountiful supplies of fresh herbs and so many other uniquely summer delights, the approach of fall is always quite a thrill to me.
I have a dry-erase board on the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets. It’s usually filled with a bunch of scribbling that might make you scratch your head. It’s my recipe inspiration board. You see, I’m forever thinking up new ideas for both savory and sweet dishes I want to create, and I’ve found if I don’t jot them down, they often disappear, never to resurface again. Right now my little white board is loaded with a plethora of new fall inspirations.
It’s seems like autumn and pumpkins are quite synonymous here at the Café. If you look through any of the September or October Café archives, you’ll see exactly what I mean; everything from soups, cakes, donuts, cupcakes and curries to … caramel corn and granola bars. There are even some fun pumpkin-shaped dinner rolls.
Here are a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes from years gone by:
You may have noticed that many pumpkin recipes call for a unique blend of spices called Pumpkin Pie Spice. What is Pumpkin Pie Spice? It’s a combination of warm fall spices that are traditionally found in classic pumpkin pies. Although recipes vary in ingredient proportions, Pumpkin Pie Spice traditionally consists of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and sometimes cloves.
Wanna know something else about Pumpkin Pie Spice? It’s expensive!! I checked out a few local markets, and found that it sells for anywhere between $3.99 – $6.95 for 1.5 to 3 ounces – which are quite small jars. Yikes!
If you haven’t “fallen into fall” yet, this is a great place to start. You probably have everything you need to make a batch of Pumpkin Pie Spice in your spice cabinet. If you can measure and stir, you’ve got it made (literally), and you’ll be saving yourself a chunk of change. Go ahead, whip some up this weekend; maybe you can even make it into a math measuring project with your kids! It will take just a few minutes, and you’ll be so happy you did. That way, you’ll be all prepared for some of the yummy fall recipes that will be “falling” off my whiteboard and into your inbox. Like…
…these wonderful Pumpkin Crumb Muffins – coming your way next week!Print
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Make your own pumpkin pie spice. Its easy and will save you a ton of money!
- Yield: 1/2 cup
- 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 4 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- In a small bowl, combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in air tight container.