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Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkin spice!  Are you a fan…or have you had just about enough of all things pumpkin spiced?  Available are Pumpkin Spice flavored –

  • Latte’s, ice cream, cupcakes, milkshakes
  • Bagels, granola, multiple beers, corn puffs
  • M&M’s, bars, brittle, yogurt, peeps
  • marshmallows, tea, Twinkies, kettle corn
  • Ice cream, Oreos, almonds, macaroons, Kalua
  • cream cheese, cookies, mini wheats, English muffins

Where will it all end?

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Pumpkin Cream Cheescake

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Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn

The fall season brings out all things pumpkin and most people enjoy that.  And I will admit to a particular fondness for the Wisconsinmade Pumpkin Cream Cheesecake   And maybe a latte or two.  And some Wisconsinmade Pumpkin Spice Carmel Corn.  And pumpkin ice cream. OK, so I guess I am a fan.  But it is possible to overdue a good thing right?

Wisconsin being an agricultural state grows lots of pumpkins and hosts fall harvest festivals.  Each fall the city of Cedarburg, Wisconsin hosts a pumpkin contest as part of their Wine and Harvest Festival .  The winning pumpkin came in at 2,145 pounds.  It was grown in Streator, Illinois, by a man named Gene McMullen.  Over a ton in one pumpkin!

If you too are into a variety of the refined tastes of pumpkin items visit our pumpkin pages at Wisconsinmade.com where all of these quality items are

Made with Pride and Passion in Wisconsin.

5 Fall Treats That Are Better Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

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I am sitting at a Starbucks writing this so I might get struck by lightening, but here goes.

I don’t like the pumpkin spice latte.

There, I said it!

Now, before an angry fall lover strangles me with a scarf or whacks me over the head with a gourd, hear me out. I love fall too, but have you tasted a pumpkin spice latte? It doesn’t taste like pumpkin. There’s some sort of squashy flavor in there sure, but I’m not sure what it is. My suspicions were confirmed when a investigative food blogger the Food Babe wrote this post to confirm: no pumpkin in the pumpkin spice latte. I’m not as extreme as the Food Babe, I try to eat healthy foods as much as possible but I do enjoy the occasional fall treats including my variation of the pumpkin spice latte- more on that later. Here are a few of the best:

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Fall Recipe- Pumpkin Turkey Chili

pumpkin-turkey-chiliYou’ve probably had pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin beer, but how about pumpkin chili? This healthy recipe has lean turkey, protein packed beans and a whole can of pumpkin! Pumpkin has healthy nutrients like vitamin A, beta-keratin and fiber so you can feel good about sharing this pumpkin dish with your family. Just make sure to buy plain pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling or you will be in for a sweet shock, and not in a good way!

To take this chili to the next level of flavor, add a dollop of sour cream and some grated Wisconsin cheddar cheese. I recommend Cedar Grove cheddar, which you can find online at Wisconsinmade.com along with all of your other Wisconsin cheese favorites!

 

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Pilgrim Speed Squash – Healthy Sidedish So Easy It Can Cook On A Campfire and Feed A Thanksgiving Party

Brilliance Flashes! Mother Necessity Invents Pilgrim Speed Squash! A vegetable sidedish:

  • so easy I put it together in 2 minutes!
  • so healthy because it has no fat!
  • so nutritious because it combines pumpkin, corn, and apples
  • so yummy that kids (even my kids) like it!
  • so colorful it looks pretty on a Thanksgiving party table
  • so loved by harried cooks because it will cook almost anywhere at any heat for any length of time

Plus, Pilgrim Speed Squash has historical significance! -The Pilgrims surely had all of the ingredients at their first Thanksgiving. If I’d been on that Plymouth Rock, you can be sure I would have been cooking up Pilgrim speed squash on a campfire.

Here’s the history of Pilgrim Speed Squash. Last Tuesday afternoon was sunny and warm. Meteorologists throughout Wisconsin were sounding warnings of winter doom to come Friday. I had one last chance to cook on a campfire. All summer I’d intended to cook a meal in our backyard fire pit. And all summer I’d done other things instead.

So when the kids got home from school I announced that dinner would be roasted hot dogs over a campfire. Lauren (9) and Dave (5) were excited to help me get the fire going. Since the yard had so many leaves and sticks I didn’t need the charcoal and newspaper. (I’m not very good at building campfires – I cheat often.) The dry leaves got burning fast, and soon we had a blaze. I was so impressed by my success, I started telling the kids that this was just like the Pilgrims would have done it. (I left out the part about the Pilgrims not having a half pack of matches.) Yes, I told the kids, we were going to cook a meal like the Pilgrims would have cooked.

“They had hot dogs, Mommy?” questioned Dave.

“Venison strips,” I replied. “Same thing.”

Once the fire burned down a bit I put a large potato wrapped in foil into a pocket of embers.

“They didn’t have foil either, Mom,” said Lauren. “And their potato wasn’t from Korea.” Lauren is at that endearing age which relishes facts rather than romance.

Of course, a regular sweet potato could cook in the fire, but I had just bought a Korean sweet potato from Lee’s Oriental shop. My good friend from South Korea, Kyong A, turned me on to Korean sweet potatoes. They have thin, reddish skins and yellow flesh. They are so tasty that they are best enjoyed without butter, or salt, or pepper, – (condiments I always put on regular potatoes). Plus the kids like them better than all other potatoes too!

After the potato had cooked awhile, it was time to get the hot dogs. The kids had been having such a great time poking the fire and throwing sticks on it that I didn’t dare leave them alone with it. I insisted they come inside with me to get the hot dogs. They did, but I wasn’t fast enough. Minutes later the kids ran outside. I called after them not to go near the fire. They went to the swing set on the other side of the yard. I had some time, but not much. The lure of the fire was too strong for prolonged resistance.

I’d already gotten the hot dogs on to a tray but realized that our meal lacked a healthy vegetable. What did I have that could be cooked on a campfire, and I could put together fast?!!! I checked outside, they were still on the swing set. What?!!! Plus, I’d foolishly been turning this meal into a history lesson. What did I have that the Pilgrims would have eaten?!!!

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WISCONSIN – The PUMPKIN STATE – A Call for Year-Round Pumpkin Feasting

At this time of year, bright, orange pumpkin patches dot Wisconsin roadsides.  Everybody knows somebody sporting garden-grown pumpkins.  Pumpkins are like zucchini – so easy to plant and so plentiful to harvest.  Every autumn meal features pumpkin goodness: pumpkin breads and pumpkin muffins for breakfast, pumpkin soup with pumpkin bagels smeared with pumpkin cream cheese for lunch, snacks of nutritious pumpkin seeds and pumpkin ale, dinners with baked pumpkin and apple casseroles, and we top it all off with all-American pumpkin pie.  Pumpkin – Wisconsin’s fall manna from heaven.

We grow so many pumpkins in Wisconsin, that we’ve created amusing games to play with the ones left-over.  Most of the fun involves smashing pumpkins – they make such a wonderful ‘crack’ and ‘smush’ sound.

I even suggest that we Wisconsinites love our pumpkins as much as we love our cows, maybe more.  Pumpkins don’t get farmers up in the morning or poop in their fields, yet pumpkins make terrific fertilizer.  Milk and cheese aren’t seasonal; why should pumpkins be?  True, we can’t raise pumpkins all year round like we do cows.  But we NEVER grow bananas is Wisconsin, and I can buy bananas every day at Kwik Trip.  Zucchini, the ‘other squash’, knows no season and regularly frequents the Wisconsin table.  Pumpkins are even more nutritious than zucchini.  Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins.  Their vibrant orange color shows that they are loaded with carotenoids.  Carotenoids are those phytochemicals that keep flamingos pink.  When colorful birds don’t eat enough carotenoids, they turn white.  Are YOU looking pale?  Good nutrition should not be seasonal!

Yet come December, pumpkin products on supermarket shelves and restaurant menus will be replaced with…with…oh, who knows what ‘seasonal’ fare.  Who cares?  The point is, pumpkin pleasure will become just a pleasant autumn memory.

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