WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2012

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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10 tipsfor… ( WHA T T O D O WITH A PUMPKIN What is Halloween, or Thanksgiving for that matter, without a pumpkin or two or three? This popular gourd-like squash grows in all continents except Antarctica, but predominantly in the United States, Canada, Mexico, India, and China. Each year the United States alone produces 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkins. Now that's a lot of pumpkins. If you're looking for new ideas for what to do with this popular, nutritious, and festive icon of the fall season, consider these ten tips. one two ) Bake a traditional pumpkin pie. This tried-and-true finale to the Thanksgiving meal graces many a table in both the United States and Canada. Enter "award-winning pumpkin pie" in your search engine and you'll get an array of recipes to consider. Cook a pumpkin dish from another culture's cuisine. Whether you like to boil, bake, steam, or roast your pumpkin; eat the flesh, flowers, leaves, or seeds, you're certain to savor a new taste when you prepare a pumpkin recipe from another country. What about Italian pumpkin ravioli? Or the Middle Eastern sweet delicacy of halawa yaqtin? Japanese pumpkin tempura and a Sri Lankan curry dish made from pumpkin leaves are other interesting dishes to try. three four Toast pumpkin seeds. A little oil and salt go a long way when you cook up a batch of crunchy pumpkin seeds. Besides tasting good, the seeds are a good source of protein and are even said to lower cholesterol. Carve away. Pumpkins are great for carving. If you are looking for an idea beyond the traditional jack-o'- lantern, then turn a pumpkin on its side to carve a pumpkin face with any emotion you choose – joy, surprise, anger, or bliss. Use the stem as a nose and the creases to enhance facial expressions. Carve a shallow portion of the outer skin to expose a lighter-colored flesh or (cut) all the way though for more contrast. five 20 Feed the innards to the birds. What do you do with the slimy pulp you scrape from the inside of your carved pumpkin? Don't throw it away; feed your feathered friends a special Halloween treat. WellesleyWeston Magazine | fall 2012 MEDIA BAKER Y

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